CSS Frameworks and Semantic Class Names

One of the most common complaints about CSS frameworks like Blueprint, YUI Grids, and 960.gs is that they require designers to dirty their fingers by adding presentational class names to their HTML documents. However, some of the latest CSS frameworks provide clever solutions to this problem…

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Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started

CSS has become the standard for building websites in today’s industry. Whether you are a hardcore developer or designer, you should be familiar with it. CSS is the bridge between programming and design, and any Web professional must have some general knowledge of it. If you are getting your feet wet with CSS, this is the perfect time to fire up your favorite text editor and follow along in this tutorial as we cover the most common and practical uses of CSS…

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CSS @font-face in Depth

When I told one of my co-workers how excited I was that almost all the major browser vendors now supported font-embedding in their products, I got the same reaction from her that Bert from Sesame Street got when he told Ernie how exciting he thought bottle cap collecting was yes, gratuitous ridicule was involved. Now, while I can somewhat understand her disinterest she is not a front-end web developer, but a Java programmer, I defend my enthusiasm by stating here that fonts are a really important part of web design, and the fact that we can now theoretically choose any font to embed inside our web pages and applications is something to celebrate…

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Compass CSS Framework

Compass is a stylesheet authoring framework that makes your stylesheets and markup easier to build and maintain. With compass, you write your stylesheets in Sass instead of CSS. Using the power of Sass Mixins and the Compass community, you can apply battle-tested styles from frameworks like Blueprint to your stylesheets instead of your markup…

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Why Stylesheet Abstraction Matters

I’ve seen a number of comments on blogs and twitter that amount to “You don’t need a new stylesheet syntax, CSS is simple and you’re a moron if you can’t do it.” I agree, CSS is simple. You assign style primitives to elements and some of those primitives cascade down to the elements contained within. I get it. It’s simple to understand. But CSS is not simple to use or maintain. It’s time for stylesheets to evolve so that we can take web design to the next level…

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YUI CSS Framework Tutorial

How to use the YUI CSS Framework to cut down on the time and stress it takes to produce a good layout. What is YUI? The Yahoo User Interface library is comprised mostly of Javascript utilities and controls to help front-end developers create a rich user interface. It also comes with a great CSS framework to make developing websites a lot faster. This CSS framework is what we’ll be focusing on today. It’s lightweight less than 6KB when minified, easy to use, and most importantly, it works with all major A-grade browsers…

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CSS Shorthand – A Guide to Cleaner and Faster Coding

As web designer’s we’re always looking for ways to speed up workflow. One of the simplest ways to speed up and clean up your coding is to learn CSS Shorthand. In order to fully grasp shorthand, it’s helpful to already have a decent knowledge of CSS. Here’s a a simple guide to bring you into the world of CSS Shorthand…

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