No classes today! Because it's holiday!
A minimalist classless CSS theme.
This very site is a demo of holiday.css (with a little help from Prism). It uses semantic HTML markup and no CSS classes.
You can use it as is for:
- a project site (just like this one)
- a blog
- an "About me" site
Or you can use it as a base and build upon it.
Just add this to your
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://firstname.lastname@example.org" />
What makes holiday.css different
There are dozens of classless CSS themes out there, but none of them satisified all of my needs.
So I built my own.
These are the features that make holiday.css stand out:
- makes your page fit even the smallest screens, no more broken
<body>width due to wide tables
- supports all
- highlights invalid fields in your forms (that's right, no JS needed for that!)
- makes your
<nav>look nice, turns your nested
<ul>lists into accessible dropdowns (making Tab work with dropdowns in plain CSS was really tricky!)
- doesn't waste precious horizontal space on mobile screens for
<pre>by ignoring body margins and filling 100% of screen width
- keeps selector specificity as low as possible, so you could easily extend it
with CSS classes without using
- uses dark mode for those who prefer it
- built with pure CSS
- only ~4 KB (minified and gzipped)
I got tired of complex markup and tons of classes on every element.
Consider the following form example from the official Bootstrap documentation:
<form> <div class="form-group"> <label for="exampleInputEmail1">Email address</label> <input type="email" class="form-control" id="exampleInputEmail1" aria-describedby="emailHelp" /> <small id="emailHelp" class="form-text text-muted"> We'll never share your email with anyone else. </small> </div> <div class="form-group"> <label for="exampleInputPassword1">Password</label> <input type="password" class="form-control" id="exampleInputPassword1" /> </div> <div class="form-group form-check"> <input type="checkbox" class="form-check-input" id="exampleCheck1" /> <label class="form-check-label" for="exampleCheck1">Check me out</label> </div> <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">Submit</button> </form>
Notice that there are extra
<div> wrappers and a ton of classes.
Now compare it to the simplest possible markup that looks as awesome when you use holiday.css:
<form> <label> Email address <input type="email" aria-describedby="emailHelp" /> <small id="emailHelp"> We'll never share your email with anyone else. </small> </label> <label> Password <input type="password" /> </label> <label> <input type="checkbox" /> Check me out </label> <footer> <button type="submit">Submit</button> </footer> </form>
Have a problem? Don't like how something looks? Want to help?
Feel free to help make holiday.css even better!
Source code on GitHub
- Add theme support
- Extract a subset of styles into a separate stylesheet for use as a base for web apps