My CSS Wishlist

Post from February 11, 2023 (↻ March 6, 2023), filed under (feed).

Trim it.

CSS is awesome, all the new features are fantastic *, we’re making classless web development an actual option â€ , but CSS is sooo complex, it isn’t only impossible that anyone could master it—it’s also getting clear that more and more of it is ballast.

10 ways of layout, 20 options to set colors, 30 units, 50 selectors, &c. are great (and it doesn’t really matter which ones people use), but that is making the language unbelievably and, while inevitable, still questionably large and complex.

And yet we cannot cut CSS down, for us to maintain backwards-compatibility.

But that’s my CSS wishlist. â€ˇ

Dave Rupert, Eric Meyer, Ahmad Shadeed, and probably a few more peers wrote the other wishlists you might like.

* When you go through all the reports, CSS in the 2020s has been Christmas every day.

† Unfortunately, only the classless frameworks team is seriously exploring this paradigm so far.

‡ Alongside conformant output, I wanted to add, but for code base quality, accessibility, performance, and maintenance reasons, this is far more important for HTML.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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