CSS is almost always needed when building a website. It’s just as important to keep up with your CSS as you build your website. But it is always best to start with a baseline and get ahead of maintenance. Many developers use a CSS Reset file to do this so they don’t have to fight a CSS wildfire.
You will learn about the CSS Reset file and what it does in this post. You will also learn how a CSS file works and how to use one when building websites. You will also see an example of a CSS Reset file, of which there are many. Lastly, you will find out why you might want to use a CSS Reset instead of other options.
What is a Reset CSS?
A CSS Reset file is used to make sure that websites look the same on all browsers. Before loading files, all browsers use a set of default rules, properties, and values for all pages. Due to the way CSS works, any styles used by the browser will stay unless they are overridden. A CSS Reset file goes after all of the rules that different browsers set as defaults and resets them to the lowest value possible.
In the next video, you can learn more about what a CSS Reset file is and how to use it.
This means that their values are either “unset,” “none,” or “zero,” which removes any styles that might have been set. This reset gives you a consistent starting point for your CSS rules, so your site will look the same in all browsers. Let’s take a look at what a simple CSS Reset file might look like.
CSS Reset Examples
You don’t have to use the CSS Reset to make a baseline like this. You can also use a Normalize file. The way a Normalize file works is different from the way a CSS Reset file works. A Normalize file will change rules to match the browser whose rule is the least flexible.
This code is the CSS Reset version of the above Normalize code, which fixes the font size and margin values for h1 tags. This code is not from a Reset CSS file, but it shows how things would be done differently in a Reset.
Now that we’ve talked about all of that, let’s look at what a simple Reset file snippet can look like in some situations.
Why Do I Need a CSS Reset?
A CSS Reset file does things differently and tries to get rid of any default styles in the browser so that everything looks the same. Even though this doesn’t sound like much of a difference, the results of this and the other method are very different.
This is an example of one of the first websites ever made. It uses simple HTML and has no CSS. So, it’s a simple representation, and the styles used are based on the browser’s defaults and don’t look the same from one browser to the next.
Many developers like a reset file because it lets them design without having to think about any presets. Some developers think that using either kind of file is too repetitive and goes against the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) development philosophy.
How to Use a CSS Reset File for the First Time
People have different ideas about whether or not to use them, and there is a lot of debate about how to use them. There are a lot of different thoughts and ideas about how developers have used them. Before you start using a Reset CSS file, you should learn about the different kinds of Reset files and their advice, tips, and experiences.
You should also try out different Reset files and use them in small projects to see how they work and what you think about them. Getting to know your comfort zone will help you figure out how to set up your project in the best way.
What is a Normalize CSS file?
Working with CSS can be tricky; without a starting point, it can get out of hand very quickly. There are ways to start using CSS to make your pages look clean and easy to use. For example, you could use a Normalize CSS file or another file that makes a set of baseline styles.
This post will show you how to use the Normalize CSS file. You’ll also know why some developers use it instead of others. You will also learn how to implement one and understand how it works. At the end of the post, some code examples from the Normalize file will be shown.
Why is Normalize CSS used?
Some CSS properties have default values that are set by all browsers, but each browser sets a different one. To fix this problem, a Normalize CSS file can be used to give all browsers the same starting point. Each browser has its own style rules that are set by default. These rules target different elements and use different values. Because of this, if you build your styles without a baseline, your pages are likely to look different in different browsers.
This has made it clear to many developers that they need to fix bugs in their CSS. When caught this late in the development process, the code can become hard to manage and hard to figure out what’s wrong. Normalize tries to fix this problem by focusing on the default rules from different browsers. In order to make a baseline, the Normalize file gives these rules their default values.
By putting it at the beginning of your CSS file declarations, all browsers will start with the same rules. The Normalize file is just one file that does this job. The CSS Reset file is another file that does the same thing. Even though they both do the same thing, they do it in different ways. Next, let’s look at how they’re different.
CSS Reset vs. Normalize
When making websites, the Normalize and Reset files are used to create baseline styles that look the same in all browsers. The main difference is that Normalize tries to figure out the different styles in other browsers, starting with styles that developers can’t change. If a style can’t be fixed or updated, that style will be used on the page for all browsers. Watch the video below to learn more about how the two files are different.
The Reset CSS file handles default browser styles in a different way. By removing all default styles, Reset CSS tries to fix things that don’t work right. This process changes rules whose values are set to zero or the lowest possible value. So it gets rid of the defaults and sets the values to the very least.