Top CSS Layout Framework

Posted by Jeffery Yee | 10:59 AM

1. 960 CSS Framework

5 Popular CSS Frameworks + Tutorials & Tools for Getting Started
The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem. The 960.css file itself is only 3.6 KB compressed.
Tutorials Explaining how to use 960 CSS Framework
  • A Detailed Look at the 960 CSS Framework
    Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
    “Jeffrey Way” takes a close look at the 960 CSS Framework, 
    explaing the pros and cons of using it. He also takes us step 
    by by step and create a simple “12 column” layout with a 
    simple header and two column structure. Most important tip 
    here is : you must assign a class to each div. 
    Naming conventions require that that the class name begins 
    with “grid_” and ends with the number of columns needed.
  • 960 CSS Framework – Learn the Basics
    Stefan Vervoort takes the heavy work for you and explains 
    the basics of this framework so you can start developing with 
    960 pretty fast. Basics principles explained here include: 
    not to edit 960.css, Loading the grid, Containers, 
    Grids / Columns, Margins and styling. Another post 
    by Stefan where he solves some of the problem he faced 
    while working with this framework.
  • Fluid 960 Grid System
    Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
    The Fluid 960 Grid System templates have been built upon 
    the work of Nathan Smith and his 960 Grid System using effects 
    from the Mootools JavaScript library.

2. Blueprint CSS Framework

Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. 
It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, 
with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, nice-looking forms and even a 
stylesheet for printing. One of its main feature is performing a mass reset of browser default styles, offering a methodology to use for customizable layout grids and most important is that all elements are override-able.
There are several Blueprint plugins available which can overwrite aspects of the framework or add new styles for you to use.
Tutorials Explaining how to use Blueprint CSS Framework and tools using it
  • BlueprintCSS 101
    Jeff Croft explains Blueprint’s core feature, how we use it, 
    how it has impacted our workflow, and what we like about it.
  • A Closer Look At the Blueprint CSS Framework
    In this tutorial we will get a look at the inner workings of 
    Blueprint and we’ll take a look at demo application that uses 
    Blueprint to get a better idea of how to actually use the framework.
  • Blueprint CSS Cheat Sheet
  • Blueprint Grid CSS Generator
    This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of 
    Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png image 
    file for use as a background image during development- very 
    handy for making sure everything lines up properly. 
    Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, 
    this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.
  • PXtoEM
    Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
    PXtoEM.com is a website that makes converting PX values 
    to EM values easier. The CSS file of the values you’ve 
    choosen can be get based on the typography.css portion 
    of Blueprint CSS to setup a default typography.
  • Construct
    Construct, a visual layout editor based on Blueprint & jQuery, 
    Construct, a useful tool for CSS designers and as proof that a 
    visual layout editor is possible to acheive with clean CSS & 
    semantic HTML.

3. The jQuery UI CSS Framework

Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
jQuery UI includes a robust CSS Framework designed for building custom jQuery widgets. The framework includes classes that cover a wide array of common user interface needs, and can be manipulated using jQuery UI ThemeRoller. By building your UI components using the jQuery UI CSS Framework, you will be adopting shared markup conventions and allowing for ease of code integration across the plugin community at large.
4. YAML
Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
Yaml (Yet Another Multicolumn Layout) focused on flexible layouts and offers column and grid based design elements for flexible, elastic or fixed layouts. You will need a license to use it.
YAML comes with a a very nice Ajax builder, a handy tool for visual development of YAML-based CSS layouts which allows you to put the containers of the layout visually together via drag-n-drop. The valid HTML- and CSS-code is generated automatically on the fly.
  • Flexible Layouts with YAML
    Popular CSS FrameWorks: 10 Useful Tutorials For Getting Stared
    Dirk Jesse, the developer of YAML (Yet Another 
    Multicolumn Layout), an (X)HTML&CSS framework 
    which explains his motivation for YAML in the last 
    paragraph of the article, providing an overview of what 
    is possible with YAML and may deliver some ideas 
    for your future layouts.

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