Create faster fluid layouts with LESS

This article first appeared in issue 225 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Responsive web design is hot. Hotter than slapped sunburn. Despite the winter it’s throwing caution to the wind and nipping down the local wearing last season’s Speedos. There’s a new blog post or Twitter debate on the subject popping out every minute – and we should be embracing its methods and taking charge of the new options currently opening up to us as web designers.

Every new web technology or school of thought comes with a learning curve, but responsive web design is based in familiar territory – CSS. Luckily for us there’s some new kids in town with some new toys to help us out.

CSS preprocessors such as LESS and SASS are taking a front seat and showing that there is room for a more dynamic stylesheet language. Variables, mixins and functions are now available to us and, as the web becomes a more fluid and device-agnostic place, we couldn’t be in better company.

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