CSS framework

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A CSS framework is a pre-prepared software framework that is meant to allow for easier, more standards-compliant web design using the Cascading Style Sheets language. Most of these frameworks contain at least a grid. More functional frameworks also come with more features and additional JavaScript based functions, but are mostly design oriented and unobtrusive. This differentiates these from functional and full JavaScript frameworks.

Two notable and widely used examples are Bootstrap and Foundation.

CSS frameworks offer different modules and tools:

Bigger frameworks use a CSS interpreter like LESS or SASS.

List of notable CSS frameworks[edit]

Grid systems[edit]

Name Latest release/Date License Fixed, fluid or responsive Units (px, em, %) Features no. of columns
Blueprint 1.0.1 (May 14, 2011) MIT License typography, forms, print. plugins for buttons, tabs and sprites.
Bootstrap 3.3.6 (November 24, 2015) MIT License (Apache License v2.0 prior to 3.1.0) fixed, fluid, responsive px, % Layout, typography, forms, buttons, navigation, media queries + more, + .less files + js libraries 12
Cascade Framework 1.5 (August 28, 2013) MIT fixed, elastic, fluid, responsive px, % Grid, layout, typography, forms, buttons, media queries + more Any
Foundation 6.2.0 (February 26, 2016) MIT License fluid px, % Responsive Layout, source ordering, typography, forms, buttons, navigation, media queries, js libraries Any
YAML 4.1.2 (July 28, 2013) CC-BY 2.0 fixed, elastic, fluid px, em, % Layout, grids, columns, forms, buttons, progressive linearization for responsive layouts, float handling, navigation, typography, accessibility, add-ons (accessible tabs, rtl-support, microformats) any
YUI CSS grids 3.5.1 BSD-3 fixed and fluid

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