So this came up in a discussion over lunch about how weird the HTML, CSS and JS triangle of web technology is. HTML is a markup language, one of many. Javascript is a programming language, one of many. However CSS is really weird, it's a style sheet language.

I tried googling around but I really couldn't find a lot of information about other style sheet languages. Do they exist? Are any currently used anywhere? Or is CSS really a unique little flower in the computing world?

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    Don't know about languages (other than SCSS and LESS that compile to CSS), but stylesheets as a concept exist in many word processors (Open Office and variants, MS Word).
    – Oded
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:07
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    CSS though is described as a style sheet language(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Style_sheet_language) It's not a programming language since it misses many features of that but it is still a language . What format does Open Office save its stylesheets in?
    – Joe Hart
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:10
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    Well... if you gonna go wikipedia... why not look at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stylesheet_languages ?
    – Oded
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:22

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Yes, DSSSL was an inspiration behind CSS and XSLT.

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