Most web designers and developers have their own adhoc CSS frameworks, but they are usually fairly rough, subject to change and often include bugs.
So a good consistent and bug free CSS framework is a useful tool for a good number of web designers and developers, if they are willing to embrace it. So is Blueprint a framework that could gain acceptance by a large number, well maybe.
What I like about Blueprint:
- Solid typography
- Grid structure, to form basis of site building.
What I don’t like about Blueprint:
- Font size is based on pixels, I prefer ems because of problems with fixed font size IE6 and below and text zoom in IE7.
- Grid size is fixed in pixels and not related to vertical rhythm.
I hope Blueprint will continue to grow and develop into a solid framework. In the meantime I will keep using my adhoc framework. It is far less mature that Blueprint, so if you need a base to develop your own framework while using ems and a grid based on a vertical rhythm, use it at your own risk.
- The base font size 12px and grid size 18px is set is layout.css, delete those lines and site will be elastic.
- Vertical and horizontal spacings should be in units of 1.5em.
- Elastic images should be in multiples of 1.5em.
- Elastic flash should be in multiples of 1.5em.
I will try and keep developing my adhoc framework, just don’ expect the same speed and determination of Olav. I have a WebJam presentation to prepare this weekend.