Nicole Sullivan – CSS Power Tools

Web Directions South 2011, Sydney, October 14th.

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Session description

Let’s admit it, the tools for writing CSS aren’t very advanced. For the most part, the people who write tools don’t know about CSS and the people who know about CSS don’t write tools. Quite a conundrum! In this session, you’ll learn about good tools that can make development faster and maintenance easier. We’ll also talk a bit about where we can go from here. What tools do we need as sites are becoming more and more complex? We need to get beyond tools whose primary goal is to avoid hand-coding and realize that, as our techniques for writing CSS become more powerful, our tools can too! Session will include:

  • Validators
  • Preprocessors
  • Finding dead rules
  • Linting
  • CSS3 gradient tools
  • Performance measurement tools
  • Unit testing

About Nicole Sullivan

Photo of Nicole SullivanNicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with Facebook and the W3C, and is the co-creator of, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.

She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at

Follow Nicole on Twitter: @stubbornella

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