Some of you reading this are probably thinking, “what on earth is CSS and why has it got a framework?” (Maybe with some exclamation marks included too…)

Well, quickly, CSS is what makes your webpages look nice. It is most things visual and gives the positioning, colour and dimension, with some nice little effects including some animation behaviours too.

A Framework allows designers and programmers to devote their time to meetingsoftware requirements rather than dealing with the more standard low-level details of providing a working system, to concentrate on cool stuff without worrying as much about the complicated stuff, and speeds things up. Oh, and take the pain out of making sure they look the same in all browsers.

Think of a framework like buying your favourite burrito ingredients all in one box, rather than getting all the items individually and preparing them separately.

Sooo, a CSS Framework…

I’m working on a couple of sites at the moment that need so redesigning, and I thought that now is a good time to use something that will help me do more in less time. (Sort of; you see this is a programmers teratology: you do something that initially takes a longer time, because you know it will make things shorter – eventually…) And at any rate, it will make it easier for someone to pick up where I left off. I hope. (And yes I chose teratology on purpose!) I list them here, with little comment as I am yet to actually try them, but some comment because I’m like that.



Blueprint “aims to cut down on your development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, useful plugins, and even a stylesheet for printing.”

I’m way to visual sometimes, and as none of the sites that it demos are too inspiring for me, I’m really not sure about this one. And if their own site is the best you can do with it… Still, i’ll reserve judgement!

Adaptive 960


Made by the people who started the whole 960px craze off, this adaptive framework does as it says: adapts to the browser window size. No more separate sites for iPad, phones, small PCs or whoppers. Their site looks plain, but I can see the potential. Just change the width yourself and see it magically transform. No more ‘liquid’ layout rubbish!



This one has ‘something’ about it. Je ne sai qua… But it’s worth of a look at.



My favourite part of this site that has got me interested so far is the HTML5 form framework. They are the bane of my existence [on some days] and I really want to try this out and make it work for its [free] money.

Less Framework 4


Another ‘adaptive’ framework here, geared towards making your site degrade nicely. Nice. Again, I kind of like the look of this. Although, I’ve not looked at the code!

So I’ll let you know.

If I remember. To be honest, this was for my benefit more than yours, but if you have any experience of these frameworks, then please share! If you suggest one, then say why.

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