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Deprecation notice!

I know this is not code that anyone uses, but I just wanted to make it clear that this is not something I’m working on or using anymore. Compass ( ) does everything I wanted to accomplish, and more, plus it uses SASS rather than LESS, which is a Good Idea.

Blueless CSS Framework Readme

I’ll do my best to keep Blueless up to date with what’s offered by Blueprint! Blueprint is a CSS framework designed to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your own CSS on. Here are some of the features Blueprint provides out-of-the-box:

  • An easily customizable grid
  • Sensible default typography
  • A typographic baseline
  • Perfected browser CSS reset
  • A stylesheet for printing
  • Powerful scripts for customization
  • Absolutely no bloat!

Well, I didn’t entirely agree with the “no bloat” part, so I decided to refactor Blueprint into a modular foundation for building web sites with the LESS syntax. This lib is built for less.js, which is much faster than the Ruby LESS: Here are some features that Blueless makes available:

  • Blueprint’s typography and grid classes available as mixins
  • Semantic class names (no span-12, etc. in HTML)
  • Friendly mixin syntax for grids (.column(12), etc.)

Setup Instructions

These instructions are leftover from Blueprint. I’ll add more eventually…

Here’s how you set up Blueprint on your site.

  1. Upload the “blueprint” folder in this folder to your server, and place it in whatever folder you’d like. A good choice would be your CSS folder.
  2. Add the following three lines to every <head/> of your site. Make sure the three href paths are correct (here, BP is in my CSS folder):
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/blueprint/screen.css" type="text/css" media="screen, projection">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/blueprint/print.css" type="text/css" media="print">
    <!--[if lt IE 8]>
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/blueprint/ie.css" type="text/css" media="screen, projection">

    Remember to include trailing slashes (" />") in these lines if you’re using XHTML.
  3. For development, add the .showgrid class to any container or column to see the underlying grid. Check out the plugins directory for more advanced functionality.

Extra Information

  • For credits and origins, see AUTHORS.
  • For license instructions, see LICENSE. – This is still the Blueprint license. Not sure what to do about that.
  • For the latest updates, see CHANGELOG.
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