Lesser The CSS, Simpler Your Style Sheets

Lesser The CSS, Simpler Your Style Sheets

The new trend is styling web pages to kill the monotonous nature of the web. With the help of CSS(Cascading StyleSheet), styling the pages become very handy & easy. It is now possible to build a site’s look almost completely in CSS, with minimal use of images. Here, the big drawback is that CSS stylesheets are becoming larger and complex to handle with more number of web pages and for developers, it is sloppy to interpret thousands of lines of code and rules.

To solve this problem, there is a new outcome of dynamic stylesheet language LESS CSS that has come to spotlight enable you to create the stylesheets in the most effective way and then, in turn, converting the same to a regular CSS that a web browser can understand.

By using the LESS CSS you can simplify the CSS coding and save a large amount of time.

So, what is LESS CSS and how to use it?

The LESS is a dynamic stylesheet technology, which also uses the standard CSS syntax. You can develop the LESS stylesheet by using regular CSS and just include the LESS code to the stylesheet.

The standard LESS compiler is developed by using JavaScript so that you can include it in your pages with your LESS stylesheet. The compiler converts your LESS code into standard CSS when the browser loads the web page. There are many compilers available in other languages too.

LESS is simple and easy to understand, install and use. It provides you more useful features which include,

  • Variables and mixins, which help you to create rules and values once, then reuse them all over your stylesheet
  • Nested rules, these rules can save a lot of coding efforts and they make inheritance perfect and clear
  • Functions and Operators, which allow you to mathematically create CSS properties
  • Namespaces for encapsulating, grouping variables, mixins and much more

Installing LESS CSS on your web page

  • It is easy to use LESS CSS
  • From the LESS website, download the less.js JavaScript file
  • Save the file somewhere on your site like the document root
  • Write your LESS stylesheet & saves the stylesheet in a file called, for instance, style.less in your document root

Add less.js and your LESS stylesheet file in the header section of your web pages

Once the installation is done, the less.js script will automatically execute when the next time your web page loads converting the LESS stylesheet That’s it. When your web page loads, the less.js script execute automatically, convert your LESS stylesheet rules to regular CSS when the browser processes the same.

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