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MaterialZ is a CSS library that implements Google's Material Design guidelines in plain CSS.

Material-ize your site

If you want Material-/Paper-themed HTML elements on your page, you just need to include “material-elements.css”, which styles most basic HTML elements. Add that style sheet to an unstyled page, and it should “just work”!

See all elements and example code at →

Add Material widgets

You can use widgets such as action bars, lists, and cards by including “material-widgets.css” and specifying classes:

  • To add a top app bar, add an element with the appBar class (e.g., <header class="appBar">).
  • To add a toolbar, add an element with role="toolbar" (e.g., <div role="toolbar">). Toolbar buttons are flat and round by default.
    • An Android action bar is frequently just an app bar with toolbar buttons - <header class="appBar" role="toolbar">.
  • To add a list, add a <ul> or <ol> element with the list class (e.g., <ul class="list">).
  • To add a card, add the card class to an element. You can make it fill the width of narrow windows by adding the full-width class as well. You may also wish to use the depth classes to “raise” the card as well (see below).
  • To add a circular progress spinner, add a <progress> element with the circular class (e.g., <progress class="circular">).
  • To add a toggle switch, add a checkbox with the switch class (e.g., <input type="checkbox" class="switch" />).

Note: adding the widgets stylesheet will automatically add padding to the body for the default app bar size.

See all widgets and example code at →

Add depth

You can add shadows to elements by including “material-depth.css” and then applying the classes z1-z5. These are best used with <button>s (e.g., <button class="z1"> for a raised button), .cards (e.g., <div class="card z2">), and .appBars (e.g., <header class="appBar z3">).

See demo and example code at →

Add dark theme

You can enable an instant dark theme by including “material-dark.css”. Import it with the prefers-color-scheme: dark media query to automatically respect the user's system dark theme setting (on OSes/browsers that support it).

See demo and example code at →

Make it work a little better in older mobile browsers

One great use of MaterialZ is to make mobile web apps look like native Android 5+ apps. MaterialZ includes a script to make sure all widgets respond to touch properly in mobile WebKit (Mobile Safari, AOSP Browser, earlier Chrome for Android) by overriding the default tap delay.

  • Make sure you include the “material-touch.js” file.
  • Add a script tag to your page: <script type="text/javascript" src="material-touch.js"></script>.

Make it work a little better in older desktop browsers

You can add the “fix-*.css” stylesheets to fix certain issues ith older browsers, such as IE < 9 and Safari < 6, if you need to support those, however you should only load those stylesheets in those browsers, as they include overrides for better styles used in newer browsers.

The Roboto Font

material-elements.css” imports basic Roboto and Roboto Mono by default. If you need more weights or character sets, you can load them through Google Web Fonts.

Known issues

  • Certain form elements (checkboxes, radio buttons) are only properly themed in WebKit-derived browsers (e.g. Safari, Chrome, new Edge, newer Opera) and newer versions of Firefox, and partially themed in Presto (older Opera) and the latest versions of Trident/EdgeHTML (IE10+, Edge Legacy).
  • Certain form elements, such as range sliders, are unsupported in some older browsers.
  • Accent color custom property only partially works in some older versions of WebKit (Safari).

The above issues are the result of browser limitations or lack of documented solutions.

Contributing to MaterialZ

Contributions to this project are welcome. Please follow standard commit guidelines.


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