sometimes I add a lot of classes to my css files and then end up not using all of them. I then manually go throug the lines and look for classes that I remember not using.
I was just thinking, is there a tool where I can just enter my website adress and the css file and it checks which classes are used and which are not? A quick google search only brought up a loot of tools that help formatting the code, what is not my problem.
I’m straining my brain trying to think of a site that did this too, but I just can’t seem to remember!
There might be a "manual" solution. For any class that you think you don’t need any more, go in and add something like "border: 10px solid red;". Then go refresh your page. I think you’ll see if you are using it or not ;) . Make sure you check all pages that the CSS files is applied to. If nothing has a giant red border, delete that class and move on to the next.
thanks to you guys… Well if someone finds a solution for this, please let me know! Chris’ solution could be a bit stressful on a 1000-line css file. (which seems wrong in the first place but still exists…)
Maybe I have time one day to code a tool like that myself. Maybe! :D
(Btw: I didn’t get a mail for your replies, maybe it got caught by my gmail spam filter? I ticked the box "notify me when a reply posted…)
Hi Michael, I may not have understood your problem, but I believe that code beautifier could be useful.
PS: Sorry if I do not write good, but I am Italian and I do not write well in English
Hi Dag and Greetings to Italy. I am actually from Germany, so aaalmost a neighbour ;-)
Thanks for the link but that is not really what I am looking for. Something like that but with the possibility to give the tool a web page and then have it checked for which css classes are never referenced. (Kind of like a garbage collector for css)
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Really cool to be here together from all over the world :)
Back to the problem: I think it is possible to make such a css-checker yourself by using php.
Here is the theory:
1. First you have to put all your xhtml-codes into one variable.
2. Copy all your css-rules to a new file and clean it up so you only have the class- and id-names left.
3. Put those class- and id-names into an array
4. Make a loop with there in the function strstr() to check if the current class/id-name is into the variabele.
5. Print all the class- and id-names which aren’t found in the variable.
I know it’s a lot of work, but it’s much faster then checking everything manually. And besides that, once you’ve build this script, you can use it on other sites too. :idea: Good luck! ;)