Scaffold is a CSS pre-processor built in PHP that allows developers to easily create custom extensions to CSS and reduce the amount of time they spend writing code.
Out of the box, you get:
- Nested Selectors
- Minify/YUI/CSSTidy compression
- Automatically parse files through SASS.
- Combining of files
- Data URI embedding of images/fonts
- Custom CSS functions like
- Custom CSS properties like
- Variables powered by XML
All of this is backed by a strong file cache, so you don’t need to worry about the hit to the server. In addition, Scaffold will serve your CSS to the browser with the correct caching headers.
- Gzip components
- Sets a far-future expires header
- Configures ETags
How it works
Requests to CSS files are made through Scaffold:
<link href="scaffold/parse.php?file=/stylesheets/master.css" rel="stylesheet"/>
You need to tell
parse.php the location of a CSS file, and it will do all the work for you. Alternatively, you can [[use a .htaccess file automatically parse CSS files in a directory|Automatically parsing files with a .htaccess file]].
If the file has changed, Scaffold will recache the file, otherwise it will just fetch the processed file from the cache and return that.
- PHP 5.2
Download the latest version and place the scaffold/ folder somewhere on your webserver.
parse.php file needs to be accessible to the web, so either put the scaffold folder in your web directory, or move parse.php and change the
$system variable inside this file to point to the scaffold directory.
parse.php contains the [[configuration options|Configuration]] for Scaffold.
Now in your HTML reference CSS files by going through the
<link href="path/to/parse.php?file=/path/to/stylesheet.css" rel="stylesheet"/>
The file parameter can point to the CSS file using either an absolute path, a path relative to parse.php or you can add your stylesheet directory to the
load_paths array in
See the wiki for more detailed documentation.
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