That is/was one of the possibilities, but required a better understanding of the code and would require a larger change that was more prone to errors. For example, the code would have to accommodate a user that supplied the css in a different order or that used different capitilisation. Think "parsing HTML" and processing user input ("when you make it fool proof, they make better fools").
It could have been done that way (still can), but the road looked bumpier.
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