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960 Grid System

Created by Nathan Smith. See the official site for more info:

To install the Adobe Fireworks extension, simply double-click the *.mxp file included in the /app_plugins/fireworks directory. If you are running Windows 7 you will need admin permissions in order to install this extension properly.

Thank you for downloading the 960 Grid System. I hope it helps to streamline web development workflow. Enclosed in the bundle are printable sketch sheets and template files for Adobe Fireworks and Photoshop, OmniGraffle and Visio.

Also included is a lightweight CSS file, which contains the grid dimensions. To use this file, simply include the 960.css in the <head> of the HTML page. You may also use the reset.css and text.css files, or opt to leave them out. Here is an example of the XHTML code necessary to incorporate the CSS files:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="css/reset.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="css/text.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="css/960.css" />

It is worth noting that these styles do not automatically make up a finished site design. They are simply a starting point, ideally for rapid prototyping or as a basis for creating your own designs. You should not feel constrained by the way I have built the initial code. If you disagree with how something has been done, feel free to revise it for the needs of your particular site.

The files in the 960 Grid System are free of charge, licensed under MIT/GPL.

Note that if you are building a site in a language which reads from right to left, use the CSS files that end in _rtl.css instead. Denote the language:

<html lang="..." dir="rtl">

Be sure to set lang="..." to the appropriate two-letter abbreviation of the language you are using. Example: lang="he" for Hebrew, lang="ar" for Arabic.

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The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow.






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