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Mastering CSS Grid

By : Pascal Thormeier
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Book Image

Mastering CSS Grid

4.3 (3)
By: Pascal Thormeier

Overview of this book

CSS Grid has revolutionized web design by filling a long-existing gap in creating real, dynamic grids on the web. This book will help you grasp these CSS Grid concepts in a step-by-step way, empowering you with the knowledge and skills needed to design beautiful and responsive grid-based layouts for your web projects. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of CSS Grid by taking you through both fundamental and advanced concepts with practical exercises. You'll learn how to create responsive layouts and discover best practices for incorporating grids into any design. As you advance, you'll explore the dynamic interplay between CSS Grid and flexbox, culminating in the development of a usable responsive web project as a reference for further improvement. You'll also see how frameworks utilize CSS Grid to construct reusable components and learn to rebuild and polyfill CSS Grid for browsers that don't fully support it yet. The concluding chapters include a quick reference and cheat sheet, making this book an indispensable resource for frontend developers of all skill levels. By the end of this book, you'll have thoroughly explored all aspects of CSS Grid and gained expert-level proficiency, enabling you to craft beautiful and functional layouts for web projects of any size.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1–Working with CSS Grid
Part 2 – Understanding the CSS Grid Periphery
Part 3 – Exploring the Wider Ecosystem
Part 4 – A Quick Reference

Defining and using advanced grid templates

So far, we’ve looked at explicitly named grid areas defined with grid-template-areas. We looked at how we can define header bars that span multiple columns, arrange items automatically or explicitly in these areas, and learned how to leverage grid areas to create standard layouts.

However, there’s more to grid areas. We can define cells that will always be empty, name grid areas by their grid lines, or even arrange nested child elements in parent grids using grid areas. First, we’ll look at always-empty grid cells.

Defining empty cells in grid area templates

Sometimes, we want grid cells always to stay empty. This is the case for layouts that use the entire width of the grid container for header and footer bars but not for the main content area.

Let’s look at the following HTML code:

<div class="container">
  <header class="header">