8 Great CSS Frameworks

Well, I guess I’m going to work backwords. There are three layers to the frontend; behaviour, presentation and markup. We’ve done behavior so we’re onto presentational now. CSS Frameworks have been all the buzz lately, we’ve had ones that use python ways of code then regenerate it as css, ones that are specifically for forms and an awesome one which is just for styling print!

Personally I find frameworks to much hassle, I have my own little framework but that is only really 20 or so lines. I might share it with all of you in the coming weeks if you would like it. Now here they are!

1. 960 Grid System – The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.

2. Blueprint CSS – Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.

3. Hartija – The owner of Hartija describes it as a “universal Cascading Style Sheets for web printing”. It’s extremely customizable and very user friendly.

4. Formy CSS – Formy is mini CSS Framework for building web forms.

5. Clever CSS – CleverCSS is a small markup language for CSS inspired by Python that can be used to build a style sheet in a clean and structured way. In many ways it’s cleaner and more powerful than CSS2 is.

6. SenCSS – SenCSS is a sensible standards CSS Framework. This means that SenCSS tries to supply standard styling for all repetitive parts of your CSS, allowing you to focus on the fun parts. In that sense, senCSS is a bit like a large CSS Reset.

7. Elements

Elements is a down to earth CSS framework. It was built to help designers write CSS faster and more efficient. Elements goes beyond being just a framework, it’s its own project workflow.It has everything you need to complete your project, which makes you and your clients happy. Read the Overview for more information.

8. LogicCSS – The Logic CSS framework is a collection of CSS files and PHP utilities to cut development times for web-standards compliant xHTML layouts.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are tones more css frameworks out there. I plan on releasing one for this site.

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