Unpack your meal and get coding. An invasive CSS library to get your style started.
There are many ways of using Picnic CSS in your projects. Here a brief introduction of the recommended two methods:
CDN - just give me the file
Use Picnic CSS in the CDN jsDelivr for linking to the static file.
Bower - to personalize Picnic
To install Picnic with bower just write this in your terminal (you'll need bower installed):
bower install picnic
Then, to use it within your scss development cycle, just do:
// Here go any variables you want to overwrite $picnic-primary: #faa; // Now import picnic and a couple of plugins @import 'BOWER_PATH/picnic/src/picnic'; @import 'BOWER_PATH/picnic/plugins/nav/plugin'; @import 'BOWER_PATH/picnic/plugins/modal/plugin';
npm install picnic --save
To add it to your repository. Then you can include it straight from your css like:
Thanks to chadoh for helping me in publishing it in NPM and for the instructions.
You can always download the latest minimized version from github, clone the repository or download it. Or clone it:
git clone https://github.com/picnicss/picnic.git
Many libraries rely upon adding classes to your already existing HTML elements, resulting in bloated code like
<button class="btn btn-primary">Hey</button>. It would be easier if the buttons knew they are, well, buttons. Crazy eh?
This setup works neatly for newly created projects or for pages that you have to build quick from scratch. It also allows for a much more intuitive extension of base elements.
Browser support IE11+
Bug reports and fixes only for IE11+. With IE8- usage dropping fast and with IE9 and IE10 usage even below their older mate, it is time to start thinking about not supporting them anymore. For others, up to 2 previous versions are expected to be working, and everything that is not is definitely a bug.
After including the stylesheet as indicated in the
<form> What's your favourite Picnic CSS feature? <label> <select name="feature"> <option value="semantic"> Semantic HTML5 </option> <option value="lightweight"> Lightweight </option> <option value="css3"> Only CSS3 </option> <option value="responsive"> Responsive </option> </select> </label> <input type="email" placeholder="Email to receive updates"> <button class="primary"> Subscribe! </button> </form>
If you don't see anything that seems picnic.css exclusive, that's because there's nothing, that's the main purpose of Picnic CSS. However, try it out and you'll see a decent example in your browser.
Only CSS3 is needed and your HTML5 stays highly semantic*.
Under 10kb when minimized and gzipped with all plugins.
Normalize.css is used as a base, achieving a solid foundation.
Support: IE 9+ and others. No fancy CSS3 on IE 8.
Responsive: The nav and the grids are responsive.
* Except for the grids :(
- Difficult to drop in an already created project. This is what I meant by invasive. This is not within the new scope of the project.
Alternatives and why I still created Picnic CSS
Milligram: A minimalist CSS framework
PureCSS: Lightweight, nice package. The thing I would be using if I didn't build Picnic CSS and where I took the inspiration. However, no nice
<select> out of the box and the non-responsive grid from the CDN feels like a stab on the back.
<select> right out of the box.
Min: a tiny, basic css framework. It has great browser support. No
<select> right, and it's too inexpressive.
You are encouraged to contribute to Picnic CSS. To write a new plugin, just copy one of the existing ones (specially recommend "button") and modify the files. The code must be linted with scss-lint, except the
PropertySortOrder which is ignored for a better code structure.