SXSW 2010: CSS Frameworks Shootout

Saturday, March 13 2:00pm
Joshua Clayton, Thoughtbot, Web Developer
Nathan Smith, 960 Grid System
Nicole Sullivan, Author of OOCSS
Chris Eppstein, Caring
Beau Smith, Square Inc, UX/UI Designer

Session Description

Many CSS Frameworks have been introduced in recent years, some are now quite popular. The advantages (fast development, cross-browser compatibility, table-less design, etc.) are exciting, but the disadvantages (bloat, lack of flexibility, lack of what is already available in css) are equally compelling. Framework authors discuss the similarities and differences.


Blueprint CSS

  • Started 2007

960 Grid System

  • 960 pixels wide
  • not-too-otiringal name
  • 12 and 16 column versions
  • 24 column version too (blueprint peer pressure)
Object Oriented CSS
  • Grids – 13 lines
  • Template – 14 lines
  • Rounded corner boxes – 29 lines
  • Enhanced Stylesheet Syntax
  • Generates CSS
  • Variables
  • Mixins
  • Nested selectors
  • Calculations
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