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Baseline Grid Framework with Typographic Standards

Posted · Category: CC License, Framework

Baseline is a framework built around the idea of a “real” baseline grid. Built with typographic standards in mind, Baseline makes it easy to develop a website with a pleasing grid and good typography.

Baseline starts with several files to reset the browser’s default behavior, build a basic typographic layout — including style for HTML forms and new HTML 5 elements — and build a simple grid system. Baseline was born to be a quick way to prototype a website and grew up to become a full typographic framework for the web using “real” baseline grid as it’s foundation.

Baseline is free and will always be free, it is a way to give back to the web community and promote better typography. It is licenses under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Baseline Framework

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Demo: http://baselinecss.com/
License: Creative Commons License

  • this CSS ? is what ? css 2 css 3 ?

  • This sounds like such a useful tool! I just recently completed a mockup of my new portfolio design that is more minimalistic than usual because I wanted to focus on typography.

    This news came just in time! Thanks for the link.

  • I greatly appreciate the work that went into this. But I find myself continually puzzled by this css and that of other baseline grids, in which there is visually the same vertical space above and below headings. This is just plain wrong from a readability perspective. It’s basic gestalt principle of proximity, which enables a reader to easily ascertain what text is related to each other. For example, a heading should be closer to its related text paragraph than to the preceding paragraph. Yet, nearly everywhere on the web, even at sites w/overall nice typography, I see the “floating heads” problem. Even worse is to see css properties that give ever larger bottom margins to ever smaller heads. Why?

  • sooshi

    I am having the same annoyance. I think the importance of proximity and readability far outweighs the vertical rhythm. Floating heads only serves to confuse, and this seem unavoidable using a baseline grid. I realize this is an old post, but this problem exists. Have you anymore thoughts on this Chris?

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