CSS Media Types

Media Types

Some CSS properties are designed for a specific type of media. For example the "voice-family" property is designed for aural user agents.

Some other CSS properties can be used for different media types. For example, the "font-size" property can be used for both screen and print media, but perhaps with different values. A document usually needs a larger font-size on a screen than on paper, and sans-serif fonts are easier to read on the screen, while serif fonts are easier to read on paper.

The @media Rule

The @media rule makes it possible to define different style rules for different media types in the same stylesheet.

The CSS in the example below tells the browser to display a 17 pixels Verdana font on the screen. But if the page is printed, it will be in a blue 14 pixels Georgia font:


@media screen {
    p {
        font-family: verdana, sans-serif;
        font-size: 17px;

@media print {
    p {
        font-family: georgia, serif;
        font-size: 14px;
        color: blue;

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Other Media Types

Media Type Description
all Used for all media type devices
aural Used for speech and sound synthesizers
braille Used for braille tactile feedback devices
embossed Used for paged braille printers
handheld Used for small or handheld devices
print Used for printers
projection Used for projected presentations, like slides
screen Used for computer screens
tty Used for media using a fixed-pitch character grid, like teletypes and terminals
tv Used for television-type devices




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