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Simple framework features…?

  • # April 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This thread over [here]( got me thinking about a simple CSS framework I’m working on (which is over [here]( – very much WIP so don’t judge too harshly), where I basically have the aim to create something that will let me roll out projects more quickly (will port to a WordPress starter theme, for example) but isn’t loaded down with every feature under the sun like the majority of “frameworks” seem to be.

    So reading that other thread, I thought, hmm, that masonry Jquery thing would be cool to have. But then where do I stop adding features until it becomes bloated like every other framework?

    So thought I’d get some feedback here, on what folk would regard as the basic “essentials” of a very clean, simple, lean CSS framework?


    # April 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Something like Masonry would be way too much, I think.

    I really dislike frameworks for the reasons you listed. They are just so bloated and you have to spend so much time stripping them down.

    # April 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

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    Indeed. Maybe once I work out what should go into the “core” I can then create “add ons” for various features? Hmm….

    Anyway, first to work out what to include in the core…

    # April 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

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    I’d say that the “core” should be stuff such as simple styling of most common elements, and the grid you’re already working on.

    My personal view is that a framework should not be detailing colours and such, and if they do it’s better to use Less/Sass/Stylus to declare some kind of variables and work from there.

    Having a framework to scaffold a project is a great idea (I tend to start 90% of my projects with including typeplate and normalizr, for instance), but then it should only scaffold. Not set fonts, colours, etc, unless it’s to ensure consistency over browsers (IE normalizr is fine, I tend to dislike Bootstrap).

    # April 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I’m with the @TheDoc on this. I dislike frameworks just for that reason. The only “framework” I use is a basic reset.

    However, I think @Melindrea has an intelligent idea. A SASS/SCSS framework actually sounds like something I’d be highly interested in (specifically variables/mixins).

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