Learn CSS in Two Seconds With matcha.css

Learn CSS styling in 2 secs.

Imagine having to style your work from scratch, looking for the right divs and styling them while checking if it works well. These are hard nuts to crack, mostly when you are a beginner or need something straightforward and easy.

I hate styling my work. I liked a one-for-all fit that would solve my problems, so when I came across a lowlighter ???? post on dev, I was excited and decided to test the new discovery.

matcha.css can transform plain HTML pages into visually appealing websites with minimal effort.

I know you think I’m lying. In this article, we’ll explore how to use matcha.css and how it can simplify your web development workflow.

What is matcha.css?

matcha.css is a lightweight and user-friendly CSS library that enhances the appearance of your HTML elements without requiring extensive styling or configuration.

It uses semantic styling to interpret the structure and purpose of your HTML elements and applies appropriate styles accordingly.

One of matcha.css’s key features is its ability to respect user preferences for light or dark mode. Your website will automatically adapt to the user’s preferred color scheme, providing a consistent and visually pleasing experience.

Now that you have a base idea of match.css, let’s test it. Remember, as ad developers, we think hard to work less.

Getting Started with matcha.css

Using matcha.css is incredibly easy. All you need to do is include the CSS file in your HTML document by adding the following line in the <head> section:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://matcha.mizu.sh/matcha.css">

That’s it! With just one line of code, your HTML elements will instantly have a polished and modern appearance.

Let’s take a look at an example HTML file and see how matcha.css enhances its visual appeal:

Without match.css

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <title>My Portfolio</title>
<!--
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://matcha.mizu.sh/matcha.css"> 
-->

</head>
<body>
  <header>
    <nav>
      <menu>
        <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
        <li>
          <a href="#">Projects</a>
          <menu>
            <li><a href="#">Web Development</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Design</a></li>
          </menu>
        </li>
        <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
      </menu>
    </nav>
  </header>

  <main>
    <section>
      <h1>Welcome to My Portfolio</h1>
      <p>Hi there! I'm a passionate web developer and designer. Take a look at my work and feel free to reach out.</p>
    </section>

    <section>
      <h2>Featured Projects</h2>
      <ul>
        <li>
          <h3>Project 1</h3>
          <p>A brief description of Project 1 goes here.</p>
          <a href="#">View Project</a>
        </li>
        <li>
          <h3>Project 2</h3>
          <p>A brief description of Project 2 goes here.</p>
          <a href="#">View Project</a>
        </li>
      </ul>
    </section>

    <section>
      <h2>Get in Touch</h2>
      <form>
        <label>
          Name:
          <input type="text" name="name" required>
        </label>
        <label>
          Email:
          <input type="email" name="email" required>
        </label>
        <label>
          Message:
          <textarea name="message" required></textarea>
        </label>
        <button type="submit">Submit</button>
      </form>
    </section>
  </main>

  <footer>
    <p>&copy; 2023 My Portfolio. All rights reserved.</p>
  </footer>
</body>
</html>

In this example, we have a simple portfolio website with a navigation menu, a section for featured projects, a contact form, and a footer.

Let’s add Matcha.css and check out the transformation with just a single line of code.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <title>My Portfolio</title>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://matcha.mizu.sh/matcha.css"> 
</head>
<body>
  <header>
    <nav>
      <menu>
        <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
        <li>
          <a href="#">Projects</a>
          <menu>
            <li><a href="#">Web Development</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Design</a></li>
          </menu>
        </li>
        <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
      </menu>
    </nav>
  </header>

  <main>
    <section>
      <h1>Welcome to My Portfolio</h1>
      <p>Hi there! I'm a passionate web developer and designer. Take a look at my work and feel free to reach out.</p>
    </section>

    <section>
      <h2>Featured Projects</h2>
      <ul>
        <li>
          <h3>Project 1</h3>
          <p>A brief description of Project 1 goes here.</p>
          <a href="#">View Project</a>
        </li>
        <li>
          <h3>Project 2</h3>
          <p>A brief description of Project 2 goes here.</p>
          <a href="#">View Project</a>
        </li>
      </ul>
    </section>

    <section>
      <h2>Get in Touch</h2>
      <form>
        <label>
          Name:
          <input type="text" name="name" required>
        </label>
        <label>
          Email:
          <input type="email" name="email" required>
        </label>
        <label>
          Message:
          <textarea name="message" required></textarea>
        </label>
        <button type="submit">Submit</button>
      </form>
    </section>
  </main>

  <footer>
    <p>&copy; 2023 My Portfolio. All rights reserved.</p>
  </footer>
</body>
</html>

Here’s what matcha.css does for us:

  1. Navigation Menu: The <menu> elements are styled as a clean and responsive navigation menu, with nested submenus displaying properly.
  2. Typography: Headings, paragraphs, and links are styled cleanly and legibly, making the content easy to read.
  3. Form Styling: The contact form has clear labels, input fields, and a submit button. Required fields are visually indicated, improving user experience.
  4. Dark Mode Support: If the user’s operating system is set to dark mode, matcha.css will automatically apply a dark color scheme to the website.

    Customizing matcha.css

While matcha.css provides a solid foundation for styling your HTML elements, you may want to customize further the appearance to match your branding or personal preferences. Fortunately, matcha.css is designed to be easily customizable.

You can override specific styles by creating your own CSS file and including it after the matcha.css file in your HTML document. For example, if you want to change the primary color of your website, you can add the following CSS rules:

:root {
  --color-primary: #ff6347; /* Tomato color */
}

This will update the primary color used throughout your website to a tomato shade.

Additionally, matcha.css provides a helper tool called @matchamizer that allows you to create custom builds with your preferred settings and styles. You can explore this tool and its documentation on the matcha.css website.

Conclusion

matcha.css is a powerful yet lightweight CSS library that can transform plain HTML pages into visually appealing websites with minimal effort.

By leveraging semantic styling and respecting user preferences, matcha.css provides a solid foundation for building user-friendly and accessible web applications.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer, matcha.css can save you time and effort by handling the styling of common HTML elements, allowing you to focus on building the core functionality of your projects. Give it a try and experience the simplicity and elegance of matcha.css!

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