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CSS Guidelines by @csswizardry

A high-level overview of CSS best practices

This document covers a very high-level overview of what makes for good, performant, maintainable, manageable CSS over large projects. If you’re looking for round corners and drop-shadows, turn back now…

These guidelines are a culmination of the past several years of my career as a web developer. They are also a part the same guidelines I wrote for developers at Sky.

This document is a personal one, and for use at my place of work. I decided to share it in the hope that it might be useful to others but if you disagree with anything please remember; this is a document for me and Sky. You do not have to follow the advice given, nor do I provide any guarantee.

I decided to host this document on GitHub so that other organisations and individuals can fork it and make amends and additions as they see fit. I have licensed it under the Apache 2.0 License for formality, but all I do ask is that if you do fork, learn from and/or use any of this, please give it a Tweet and leave credits and attribution in place.

Follow me on Twitter and tweet these guidelines.


Copyright 2012 Harry Roberts

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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