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Thread: CSS Reset

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    Where do people stand on CSS resets?

    I used to use
    * {margin: 0; padding: 0;}
    to cancel all the browsers' default margin and padding.

    But I've been reading recently that a lot of people don't use this anymore as it creates more work later on by cancelling margin and padding on certain elements which need margin and padding, such as form elements.

    Is it best to reset default styles only for certain elements, or just let the browsers do their thing?


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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    I always reset.
    Then adjust anything that needs it.
    Adjust as little as possible, trying to keep it simple.
    I also don't like using any IE hacks.

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    Senior Member filburt1's Avatar
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    I used it on one project at work two years ago, but then maintenance turned into a headache to this day, and it continues to be a headache. In principle, it's a great idea--make every browser render the same unless you tell it otherwise. In reality, it just means you end up writing tons of code for something that you don't even care about; for example, you don't care about how the browser would render a <strong> tag by default, but you'll need to make it bold manually anyway. You end up with a messy style sheet with contradictory or redundant definitions everywhere.

    As I've gained experience with CSS, I've found that the more you understand why the box model is designed the way it is, the less code you have to write to achieve an effect, and the more compatible that code ends up being. As dry and boring as it is, the CSS specification is incredibly useful to read and understand: .
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