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Thread: Is Bootstrap 3 the new direction?

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    Is Bootstrap 3 the new direction?

    I am quite competent with HTML & CSS, and have pretty much hand coded my sites (often with Dreamweaver as a time saver) but have always created "fixed width" web pages. I know that those days are over, and I want to begin to create my sites for mobile devices as well as tablets, and large monitors, etc.

    I have been told that Bootstrap 3 (which I known almost nothing about) is the way to go (a good tool).

    I would really love to hear any opinions, or hoping someone could please steer me in a direction so I can stay in the game.
    I wouldn sincerely appreciate any thoughts.

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    Bootstrap is bloat and unnecessary unless you are spitting out new advanced website templates on a daily basis. What you need for responsive websites is semantic HTML (that isn’t a new thing) and CSS media queries (sometimes device detection can also be useful, e. g. in order to load smaller images for mobile devices) but that’s about it.
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    Couldn't agree more! I've just looked through the 5786 lines of bootstrap.css. Apart from the length, it doesn't seem very sensibly laid out at all, both of which means it's hard to understand, and consequently (IMHO) likely to interfere with your own css and cause more trouble than it's worth. If you've built your css yourself, you know what it does, and it does (just) what you need.
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    Thank you both. I just watched a tutorial on "CSS Media Queries", which from what I gather appears to come down to creating multiple CSS sheets (ex. small, med & large) if I am understanding that correctly, and I do believe that would work. But, I mean, is this how most developers commonly create sites for multiple screen sizes? Multiple CSS sheets? (I'm glad you both steered me away from Bootstrap 3. Thanks!).

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    Bootstrap 3 isn't flat out bad; but like a lot of other bloated libraries, its good for new people to get used to certain ideas, and then you should move away.

    You don't necessarily need multiple sheets for media queries; you can put them in one. But for example, if your mobile layout is significantly different then your desktop, it may be in your favor to have two sheets.

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    And thank you too Keleth. Thanks for all getting me on track!


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