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1 # Csster
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3 Concisely generate CSS style rules within Javascript. Features:
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5 * standard "object literal"/JSON format with good editor support
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6 * nesting to DRY up stylesheets
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7 * color functions like <code>darken</code> and <code>saturate</code>
8 * built-in macros for common CSS idioms like *clearfix*, *rounded corners*, *drop shadows*.
9 * and all the plain old Javascript behavior: functions, data structures, looping, Math operations, etc.
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12 ## Usage
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14 All code is packaged into a single Javascript file download, [csster.js](http://ndpsoftware.com/csster/csster.js). There are no external dependencies. The project itself is hosted on [GitHub](http://github.com/ndp/csster).
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16 <pre>
17 require('csster.js'); // however you manage dependencies
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19 Csster.style({
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20 h1: {
21 fontSize: 18,
22 color: 'red'
23 }
24 });
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26 ...
27 </pre>
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29 Result, inserted in DOM automatically at the bottom of the &lt;head&gt; element:
30 <pre>
31 ...
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32 &lt;style type="text/stylesheet"&gt;
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33 h1 {
34 font-size: 18px;
35 color: red;
36 }
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37 &lt;/style&gt;
38 &lt;/head&gt;
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39 ...
40 </pre>
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42 ### Format of CSS Rules
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44 The *style* method accepts CSS rules passed either as arrays or hashes, arrays just being
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45 a way to order the hashes. For example:
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48 {
49 ul: {
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50 margin: 5,
51 padding: 0,
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52 }
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53 'ul li:first': {
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54 paddingLeft: 20px
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55 }
56 }
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57 </pre>
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59 Note that
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60
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61 * property names are automatically converted to hyphenated format from camelcase, so in many cases you can omit the quotation marks. ('float' needs to quoted since it's a reserved word.)
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62 * all raw numbers are assumed to be "pixels" (or "px"), and rendered as such.
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63 * any sort of selectors are allowed... they are just passed through to the stylesheet.
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65 #### Nesting
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66 Csster supports nesting of rules to keep things more concise:
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67 <pre>
68 {
69 ul: {
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70 margin: 5,
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71 li: {
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72 paddingLeft: 20,
73 '&:hover': {
74 color: 'red'
75 }
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76 }
77 }
78 }
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79 </pre>
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81 The "li" property in this case might be a selector or might be a property name. A list of valid
82 property names is used to identify properties right now, and otherwise it's considered a sub-selector.
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84 Csster supports SASS's "&" operator, to indicate that the selector should be combined with the parent selector.
85 Instead of the default "any descendent" space character being inserted, no space is inserted.
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87 Combined rules (with commas) are expanded as expected, so nested rules with commas have their parents expanded.
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89 By default, rules with multiple '#'s are simplified. For example, '#a #b #c' becomes '#c'. Usually this is what you will want, but if you need the specificity you can turn this off with <code>Csster.shortCircuitIds = false</code>
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93 #### Functions
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94 Most manipulations will fall into Javascript's language support, as far as any math or looping. Use Javascript to write necessary functions.
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96 function/color.js contains SASS-like color functions:
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98 * <code>"#ab342c".darken(%)</code> -- make color darker by given percent
99 * <code>"#ab342c".lighten(%)</code> -- make color lighter by given percent
100 * <code>"#ab342c".saturate(%)</code> -- make color more saturated by given percent. To *desaturate*, use negative values for the percent. Note that <code>"#ab342c".saturate(-100)</code> renders in grayscale.
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102 There are also color conversion routines if you want to build your own manipulation.
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104 * <code>"#ab342c".toRGB()</code>
105 * <code>"#ab342c".toHSL()</code>
106 * <code>Csster.hslToHexColor(h,s,l)</code>
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108 Opacity is currently not supported by the color model.
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110 #### Macros using "has" key
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112 There are a host of pre-made macros that may be useful:
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114 * <code>roundedCorners(radius)</code> -- add rounded corners on all sides
115 * <code>roundedCorners(side, radius)</code> -- add rounded corners on specified side: <code>'top'</code>, <code>'left'</code>, <code>'bottom'</code> or <code>'right'</code>
116 * <code>roundedCorners(corner, radius)</code> -- add rounded corners to a specified corner: <code>'tl'</code>, <code>'tr'</code>, <code>'bl'</code> or <code>'br'</code>
117 * <code>phark(width, height, img, imgXPosition=0, imgYPosition=0)</code> -- standard phark image replacement with optional background image offset.
118 * <code>boxShadow([xoffset, yoffset], radius, color)</code>
119 * <code>verticalCentering(height)</code> and <code>horizontalCentering(width)</code> -- center using the top 50% / margin-top -width/2 technique. See http://stackoverflow.com/questions/148251/css-centering-tricks
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120 * <code>clearfix()</code> -- standard clearfix
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122 To "mix these in", use the "has" key:
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125 {
126 'div#featured_box': {
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127 backgroundColor: '#394c89',
128 has: roundedCorner(5)
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129 }
130 }
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131 </pre>
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133 Multiple macros can be included by making that a list, eg. <code>has: [roundedCorners(5), dropShadow()]</code>.
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135 It's all Javascript, so macros and more complex functions are easy to write. To mix in a set of values, create a function
136 that returns a hash of values, for example:
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139 function roundedCorners(radius) {
140 return {
141 '-webkit-border-radius': radius,
142 '-moz-border-radius': radius,
143 'border-radius': radius
144 }
145 }
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148 A macro's properties will be overwritten by properties within including selector (or later included macros), similar to how the cascade takes the last defined value.
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151 ## Links
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153 * [Demo of the color functions and macros](http://ndpsoftware.com/csster/demo.html)
154 * [Demo of using to build a chart](http://ndpsoftware.com/csster/demo_chart.html)
155 * [Blog post](http://ndpsoft.blogspot.com/2010/09/introducing-csster.html)
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160 ## TDD
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162 The design was driven by [the specs](http://ndpsoftware.com/csster/spec_runner.html).
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165 ## Todo
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167 * decompile existing stylesheets
168 * jQuery rules
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169 * Fix license
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170 * Better name
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174 ## Motivation
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176 This project comes from my frustration of trying to build standalone Javascript widgets. Web
177 projects always involve the combination of HTML DOM, CSS and Javascript. It's often simpler to
178 generate the necessary DOM within your Javascript, removing any coupling (and a simpler calling
179 convention) to a specific web page. But most widgets have certain style rules. To avoid
180 any coupling with the CSS at all, styles can be included inline, but these gets bulky
181 and hard to read. The "rule" nature of CSS is nice. So widgets then have a Javascript
182 and CSS component. Wouldn't it be nice, though, to remove that CSS component.
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184 With the advent of SASS, the coupling is even more complicated, as now there's some other
185 tool completely unrelated to your component, written in some other language. Wouldn't
186 a unified approach be nice?
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189 ## Similar projects
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191 http://revnode.com/oss/css/
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193 ## Legal
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195 Copyright (c) 2010 Andrew J. Peterson
196 All Rights Reserved.
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