I'm not sure many people think about how their websites look when printed. It's worth doing, not just for the print side of things but also PDF generation [and others?]
A monolithic style sheet is difficult to reason about, which is challenging as CSS files tend to attract bloat. Removing unused styles can help make the situation more manageable.
Until recently I didn’t know about the
darken() functions in SASS. I’ve since found them to be increasingly useful in my component building workflow. As the names suggest, given a colour and percentage, these functions will return a colour lighter or darker respectively.
CSS offers various units for sizing elements. The popular choices are
em and more recently
rem. There are two other units that have quickly become favourites of mine,
vh. These are relative units, but unlike say
rem which are relative to the font size of the current and root element respectively,
vh are relative to the viewport. A single viewport unit is equivalent to 1% of the viewport width (
vw) or height (
A couple of the recent projects I’ve worked on have both had similar stylesheet problems. They have both misused the tilde selector, which has gone unnoticed and been the cause of numerous bouts of CSS bloat. You may well have come across this selector before. After all it’s a selector that’s been in the CSS spec for a long time, even IE7 supports it. Its purpose is to select all matching adjacent siblings.