readable.css is a CSS framework, but not like the others you've seen. Rather than helping you build a sitewide design, readable.css provides a base default that is both sensible and beautiful. Out of the box features include:
- Light and dark mode (manually or via
- Responsive design
- Vertical rhythm
- Headers, footers, and nav bars
- Beautiful images, blockquotes, asides, tables, and forms
- Text justification (off by default)
- Native font support (serif, sans-serif, or monospace)
Features you will intentionally not find:
- Flashy animations
- Custom fonts
- Utility classes
- Anything that overrides your users' browser settings
The key design principle of readable.css is consistency. Colors, font-style, border widths, line heights, and everything else are consistent through the entire site.
Adding readable.css to your site is remarkably easy. Just download latest version of the CSS file from the releases page and add it to your code:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/path/to/readable.css">
However, every framework has a learning curve, and readable.css is no exception. readable.css tries to interpret what you want your site to do based on your usage of semantic HTML, but you'll likely need to learn how to use that semantic HTML properly to take full advantage of this stylesheet.
For a guide to using readable.css and writing HTML that works well with it, visit the wiki.
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