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CSS Reset

CSS Reset



A quick presentation on CSS resets and the benefits vs problems. Also includes a lighter CSS reset option.

A quick presentation on CSS resets and the benefits vs problems. Also includes a lighter CSS reset option.



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    CSS Reset CSS Reset Presentation Transcript

    • What is CSS reset?
    • All browsers have a default style sheet.
    • The problem is that these default style sheets are different in each browser.
    • CSS resets aim to remove all browser-specific styles, and then build CSS up again from scratch - so that each element will appear the same in all browsers.
    • The simplest reset involves removing the margin and padding from all elements using the universal selector. * { margin: 0; padding: 0; }
    • However, this reset can adversely affect some form elements that should not have their margins and padding removed.
    • Modern CSS resets aim to: • Set margins and padding to zero • Set borders to zero • Remove visual list styles • Set fonts to a base • Set font-weight and font-style to normal
    • Two of the most widely used CSS resets are: Eric Meyer Reset http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2007/05/0 1/reset-reloaded/ YUI 2: Reset CSS http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/reset/
    • Are CSS resets a good idea?
    • Some people love global resets, and others hate them. There is no right or wrong, only opinions!
    • I have three main concerns with CSS resets
    • Every element that is “zeroed” must then be redefined. This can cause an increase in CSS file size.
    • CSS Resets can present issues if you remove the default behaviour for an element and then forget to restyle it.
    • Some resets can be harmful to users who use keyboards for navigation. :focus {outline: 0;}
    • A lighter CSS reset example
    • I prefer to use a smaller set of CSS rules that mean that only common or problematic elements are reset.
    • 1. Remove margin and padding on some key elements only html, body, ul, ol, li, form, fieldset, legend { margin: 0; padding: 0; }
    • 2. Remove top margins on headings and paragraphs h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p { margin-top: 0; }
    • 3. Remove fieldset and image borders fieldset, img { border: 0; }
    • 4. Set table borders and spacing table { border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0; }
    • 5. Set caption, table header and table data cells caption, th, td { text-align: left; vertical-align: top; font-weight: normal; }
    • 6. Apply color to fieldset (to overcome IE color issues) legend { color: #000; }
    • 7. Apply font-size and line-height to input, textarea and select input, textarea, select { font-size: 110%; line-height: 1.1; }
    • 8. Remove list bullets li { list-style: none; }
    • 9. Apply border-bottom and cursor to abbr and acroynm abbr, acronym { border-bottom: .1em dotted; cursor: help; }
    • 10. Vertical-align sup and sub to avoid line-height issues sup { vertical-align: text-top; } sub { vertical-align: text-bottom; }