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My type of reset

October 21, 2019

First of all, is css reset still needed in 2019? I actually think it never has been necessary. But a CSS reset will help you to make your project maintain the look and feel between every browser and might save you a lot of time of browser-testing and debugging.

Along these years, a lot of options have emerged for reseting styles, being reset.css or normalize.css the most popular. I love minimal CSS reset especially now that browsers are getting more consistent with behavior. So I'm using my own reset file, customized to my needs. In this article, I want to share these preferences with you.

Box sizing

I set box-sizing on the html and let elements inherit the property value. By this way you can set a default box-sizing but still able change the behaviour when you need it.

html {
  box-sizing: border-box;
}
*,
*:before,
*:after { 
  box-sizing: inherit;
}

Lists

I use unordered lists in many situations, and I don’t need a disc style in most of them. Here, I set list-style to none. Also, related to the next section, I remove the default padding.

ul,
ol {
  padding: 0;
  list-style: none;
}

Spacing

Browsers set different spacings for different elements but I'd rather to manage margins by my own.

body,
h1,
h2,
h3,
h4,
h5,
h6,
p,
ul,
ol,
li,
figure,
figcaption,
blockquote,
dl,
dd {
  margin: 0;
}

Images and videos

I let these elements conform to the width of their containers. Also setting these elements to display: block gets rid of an unwanted whitespace at the bottom of the element.

img,
video {
  height: auto;
  max-width: 100%;
  display: block;
}

Form inputs

Somehting that always bugged me of form elements is that they don't inherit the container's font. So no more.

input,
button,
textarea,
select {
  font: inherit;
}

Iframe

I tried to avoid iframe as much as I can, so removing the border when I can't is nice.

iframe {
  border: 0;
}

Tables

Working with tabulated data is likely to happen in any project these days. Setting the baseline and keep it simple is the goal.

table {
  border-collapse: collapse;
  border-spacing: 0;
}

td,
th {
  padding: 0;
}

td:not([align]),
th:not([align]) {
  text-align: left;
}

Body

I'm being totally opinated here. It’s useful for the body to fill the viewport, even when empty, so I do that by setting the min-height to 100vh. I also like smooth anchor scrolling, so I set scroll-behavior: smooth, too. This is really handy combined with scrollIntoViewport. To improve the font performance, text-rendering: optimizeSpeed instead of optimizeLegibility, and increse the text legibility (and accesibility) augmenting the line-height.

body {
  min-height: 100vh;
  scroll-behavior: smooth;
  text-rendering: optimizeSpeed;
  line-height: 1.4;
}

Styled components

To be honest, I was skeptical, I like CSS! But once I tried, I felt in love. In essence, styled components are easy-to-make react components you write with the styled-components library where you can style your components with plain CSS inside your javascript code. For my use case, working mostly on React projects.

That’s it, a very tiny reset for styled-components that makes my life easier. If you like it, go to grab it from GitHub or NPM.

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