Dev urges 'Max CSS' to help newcomers

The Max CSS website, created by designer and developer Dan Eden, is encouraging developers to provide links to an uncompressed version of CSS documents. The site notes that while it's never been easier to learn how to build and design websites, modern technology – including CSS compression – can make live files impenetrable to inquiring minds, scuppering access to an avenue of learning.

"For a long time, I've been getting more curious about how other developers structure and document CSS, but the most interesting sites minify their files," explained Eden. He said that while inspectors enable you to see well-formatted rules, they "don't provide insight into the author's thinking or process," and increasing use of LESS and SASS means compression is now the norm. "This makes it hard for up-and-coming designers and developers to learn best practices in structuring their CSS. They might also miss helpful tricks or blindly copy and paste rulesets into their own CSS without realising what it is they're actually copying." Structure, said Eden, is important to ensure CSS remains maintainable into the future.

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