Archive: January, 2016

Simplify your web styling around components

Inefficient web styling slows performance, adds inconsistencies, and harms developer and designer productivity. But many teams don’t prioritize CSS tech debt; gains are subtle and hard to measure. And CSS testing suites aren’t as robust as those for JavaScript, Rails, and other web languages.

Yet the effort necessary to keep web styling lean and efficient is overblown. The key is abstracting page level styling into reusable components.

Components are distinct groups of elements on a page. Common examples include navigation bars, carousels, and form sets. Components should be standalone, easily moved to different pages without breaking layout. Some styling methodologies substitute other terminology for components, calling them modules or blocks. And the size and scope of component usage differs widely among projects. Large projects, given their size and scope, tend to rely more on components than smaller works.

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