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Less Web Development Essentials

By : Bass Jobsen
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Less Web Development Essentials

By: Bass Jobsen

Overview of this book

Less is a CSS preprocessor that essentially improves the functionality of simple CSS with the addition of several features. The book begins by teaching you how Less facilitates the process of web development. You will quickly then move on to actually creating your first layout using Less and compiling your very first Less code. Next, you will learn about variables and mixins and how they will help in building robust CSS code. In addition, you'll learn how to keep your code clean and test it by using style guides. We will then move on to the concept of Bootstrapping and the strength of using Less with Twitter Bootstrap. Going one step further, you will be able to customize Twitter's Bootstrap 3 using Less. Finally, you will learn how to integrate Less into your WordPress themes and explore other web apps that use Less. By leveraging this powerful CSS preprocessor, you will be able to consistently produce amazing web applications while making CSS code development an enjoyable experience.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Less Web Development Essentials
About the Author
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Integrating other techniques into your projects using Less

As well as prebuilt mixins, there are some other techniques that can be easily integrated in to your projects using Less.

Using iconic fonts

As the name suggests, iconic fonts are sets of icons defined as a font. Iconic fonts can replace image icons in your projects. The main reason for using iconic fonts instead of images and the reason they are discussed here is that iconic fonts, just like any normal font, can be fully manipulated with CSS. In your project, you can set the size, color, and shadows of the used iconic fonts with Less. The primary reason for using iconic fonts is to benefit the load time of your website; only one HTTP request is needed to load them all. Iconic fonts will look good on different resolutions and displays too.

In this book, iconic fonts were already used in Chapter 3, Nested Rules, Operations, and Built-in Functions. Font Awesome was loaded from CDN in these examples. Font Awesome also provides a bundle...