Get up to speed with CSS Grid

Over the past few years, it’s been interesting to watch web layouts take centre stage within the world of CSS. The main catalyst for this coming to the forefront is a better understanding by everyone of the importance of the user experience and content flow of any responsive website. Or maybe we’re in a post-float development world. First with Flexbox and most recently with CSS Grid layout options, our choices and abilities for thoughtful layouts are expanding greatly.

Can I Use CSS Grid Layout has up-to-date info regarding browser adoption rates

We’re still in the early days of Grid’s adoption in browsers. Visit caniuse.com/#feat=css-grid for some interesting numbers and notes around the current adoption.

It is currently supported on the WebKit Nightly if prefixed with -webkitand it looks like non-mobile browsers such as IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera will all have partial to full support in their next release. My hope is that relatively soon, the global support percentage will have gone up significantly from the current 6.28 per cent.

See Chris House’s A Complete Guide To Grid for a comprehensive introduction

There are some helpful resources around CSS Grid. Luckily, css-tricks.com/snippets/css/complete-guide-grid has a complete guide, written and updated by Chris House.

Rachel Andrew’s interactive examples of Grid Layout are a handy learning tool

Also, for the more visually inclined, Rachel Andrew has done a phenomenal job collecting all resources around grid, with blog updates and, best of all, examples of common UI patterns. These resources should have you up and running in supporting browsers in no time.

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