Of Jekyll and Hyde

Filed under: web and opinion Tagged: jekyll, inuit.css, compass, and github
09 February, 2013

For the last two years or so I've been using SquareSpace as my host and CMS. Hands down, they have the best customer support and SquareSpace 6 is an amazing platform for both easy site setup and their new developers stack is really well thought-out. My one issue is they choose LESS, and while a fine pre-processor, I've chosen SASS/Compass and don't plan on changing any time soon. So for my site redesign I've decided to move from Squarespace to GitHub Pages. I have to say it's really refreshing to completely build a site from scratch again, as opposed to working with a more structured CMS. For this design my toolkit is HTML5 Boilerplate, inuit.css library and I invited Compass to the party to provide some additional CSS3 mixins. I picked inuit.css because I've been an OOCSS proponent for quite a while and @csswizardry has built a great library that does it's best to not influence your design choices like other library/frameworks and IMO delivers on that promise. I picked HTML5 Boilerplate as my HTML starting point for many reasons, most of which I detail in this earlier post. In adding Compass to the stack I've modified a few of the inuit.css mixins to use the helpers and function builtin to Compass. The most interesting thing I'm attempting in this build is to use just <nav> and a elements for all navigation blocks. So my main nav looks like this:

<nav class="nav site-nav">
  <a class="site-nav__blog" href="/">blog</a>
  <a class="site-nav__about" href="/about/">about</a>
  <a class="site-nav__projects" href="/projects/">projects</a>

To get this to work I've rewritten the nav and pagination classes of Inuit to require <nav> instead of the <ol> or <ul> elements. My next task is wire up a deeper navigation structure. Credit for this idea goes to @bphogan for his tweet, thinking out loud if it could reasonably be done.

My fork of inuit.css can be found here h3r2on/inuit.css.

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