Transpiler similar to SASS/SCSS/LESS/Stylus, except its 100% CoffeeScript!
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What if you could write CoffeeScript like:

body ->
  background 'black'
  color 'red'
  p ->
    font_size '12px'
    border_radius px 5

comment 'and now something more complex'
serve_pie = ->
  # adds ie7 support for css3 border-radius, box-shadow, and linear-gradient
  position 'relative'
  prop 'behavior', 'url(/assets/css3pie/'
pie_gradient = (a, b) ->
  background a
  prop '-pie-background', linear_gradient a, b # prop stands for property
s 'html.ie7', -> # s stands for selector
  s '.section#content', ->
    table '#anyId.anyClass1.anyClass2', ->
      th id: 'anotherId', class: 'anotherClass1 anotherClass2', ->
        # literal means literally what you provide will be output without modification
        literal '-webkit-filter: blur(2px) grayscale (.5) opacity(0.8) hue-rotate(120deg);'

and get back a CSS3 stylesheet, like:

/* line 1418, precompile/assets/stylesheets/ */
body {
  background: black;
  color: red; }
/* line 1420, precompile/assets/stylesheets/ */
body p {
  font-size: 12px;
  -moz-border-radius: 5px;
  -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
  border-radius: 5px; }

/* and now something more complex */
/* line 1421, precompile/assets/stylesheets/ */
html.ie7 .section#content table#anyId.anyClass1.anyClass2 {
  position: relative;
  behavior: url(/assets/css3pie/; }
/* line 1423, precompile/assets/stylesheets/ */
html.ie7 .section#content table#anyId.anyClass1.anyClass2 th#anotherId.anotherClass1.anotherClass2 {
  position: relative;
  behavior: url(/assets/css3pie/; 
  -webkit-filter: blur(2px) grayscale (.5) opacity(0.8) hue-rotate(120deg); }

Now, you can!

Just wrap it in this:

engine = new CoffeeStylesheets
 format: true # optional
 globals: # optional
   px: (i) -> i + 'px' # a silly example of custom helpers
   # the cross-browser version of border_radius() is provided by the CoffeeStylesheetsCompassFramework plugin 
engine.render stylesheet, (err, css) ->
  console.log css

Why this monstrosity?

  • stand-alone; NO dependencies
  • eliminates double-trees server/client-side in terms of both a) templating engines, and b) template files
  • yet to be benchmarked, but likely 90% faster compilation than tokenizers (stylus, less, sass)
  • only one language to write; one language to teach/master; one language to rule them all!
  • common functions provided by js libs available and executed in same scope as stylesheet e.g., require()
  • helps eliminate intermediary steps between the initial precompilation syntax sugar and the end result


  • Do I have to use CoffeeScript? While composing in CoffeeScript is obviously the point, you could store the compiled javascript version of the template, and after that no coffee-script dependency is required. There is a pure javascript version of the engine provided, as well.

  • Does it only work in Node.js or client-side/in-browser as well? It is designed to be used on either side. This is why it is lightweight, with no dependencies.

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