How CSS Framework improves user interface of web products
Many times designers face a very common problem in maintaining the crisp look and feel throughout the website, and if designer is a newbie and when he/she surf across the web and found slick magazine themes website and wondered a first question raised in his mind about how to achieve this? Our research says if not all but many of them are build on CSS Framework.
Why you should go for it?
Apart from that it helps you 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.
Suppose you are going to make a website and start writing HTML and CSS code for it and if you need to take care of typography which is very essential part of your project, maintaining margin and padding throughout the website, and one of the most critical part cross browser compatibility.
Advantages of using it:
What I really feels which improves our work a lot:
1. Uniformity and consistency in HTML element placement, thereby reducing CSS coding errors.
2. A CSS reset that eliminates the discrepancies across browsers.
3. A solid grid that can support the most complex of layouts.
4. Typography based on expert principles that predate the web.
5. Visual design cohesion between page elements.
6. Mostly eliminates the need to use nested HTML tables.
7. Reduced effort for producing slicker web page layouts, compared to coding the necessary CSS from scratch.
8. Tools, editors, and templates for every step in your workflow.
9. Cross Browser support, which is just a pain for every designer (though it brings best out of you).
10. They comes with documentation which helps you in getting started with it.
Though there are some disadvantages such as:
1.Redundant Code: CSS files contains lot of extra code which you never need, only if you are over concerned about each and every extra bit of your page, otherwise it doesn’t effect your site performance.
2.Lack of Freedom: Though every framework has it’s own structure, it leaves you to do things around that but this is some thing which brings best out of you.
3.Fixing someone’s else bug: Another painful thing, you have to fix someone’s else bug, as you can easily fix those bug if whole code is written by you from scratch.
“As you can see there are plenty of valid arguments either way. It really comes down to your personal workflow and preference. Let us know what you think of CSS frameworks and which ones you use.”
Personally I suggest Blueprint Framework as it is easy to deploy and helps you in learning basic CSS errors.