Jens Oliver Meiert

Coding Guidelines, the Gist

Post from January 13, 2016, filed under .

Coding guidelines govern how we write code.

Coding guidelines directly help consistency, and through that, indirectly, impact [code] usability, collaboration, and maintainability.

Coding guidelines are important.

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.”

The main ingredients of a coding guideline are: what (not) to do within a particular scope, examples, and an explanation.

Coding guidelines can deal with preference or with quality.

Coding guidelines can be descriptive, prescriptive, or both.

Coding guidelines must be communicated, enforced and reviewed.

And, there are some solid coding guidelines out there.

More: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (still brand new, and still free)!

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of April 19, 2019.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a technical lead and author (sum.cumo, W3C, O’Reilly). He loves trying things, including in the realms of philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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Perhaps my most relevant book: CSS Optimization Basics (2018). Writing CSS is a craft. As craftspeople we strive to write high quality CSS. In CSS Optimization Basics I lay out the, at least some of the most important aspects of such CSS.

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