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TahaH-Studio says

Hey every one,
Can anyone explain to me what is a CSS framework and how do you use them. Also what is the diff between 960 Grid System, BluePrint & YUI

Thanks

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zecchin says

“A CSS framework is a pre-prepared library that is meant to allow for easier, more standards-compliant styling of a webpage using the Cascading Style Sheets language. Just like programming and scripting language libraries, CSS frameworks (usually packaged as external .css sheets inserted into the header) package a number of ready-made options for designing and outlaying a webpage.” – from Wikipedia

They are not that hard to use, what you need is to understand the basic css rules they set, and take advantage of them when creating your html and css.

The difference between those three is how they set these basic stylings and how complex they can get. If i were you i would start with 960 gs, since is the more basic, as far as i know. BluePrint and YUI are more complex and cover more stuff than 960.

Here is some good reading.

http://www.vcarrer.com/2008/08/when-to-use-css-framework.html
http://www.noupe.com/css/5-popular-css-frameworks-tutorials-tools-for-getting-started.html

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JeffreyWay says

The word “framework” doesn’t really fit; so I think it can scare people away. Just think of something like the 960 framework as a collection of helpful classes…nothing more.

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VisualSharing says

Actually Compass is one of the few real CSS frameworks and it’s actually really fast to learn.

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