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What is SaSS (Syntactically Awesome Style sheets)?

What is SaSS (Syntactically Awesome Style sheets)?

Websites have become more and more complex so we really need to have more control and space to spread web designers’ creativity. Latest concepts of A/B Testing & Material Design has changed the way design & user interface is perceived.

CSS stands for cascading style sheets typically used for describing the presentation of a document written in a Markup language.

Do you really choose to copy and paste your code to all the style sheets? Or like to try to remember the browser prefixes and divergent syntax for CSS3 techniques? Or how there’s no help managing color values? If you have ever met one of these situations, we suggest you implement Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style sheets).

Sass is a scripting language initially designed by Hampton Catlin and developed by Natalie Weizenbaum which is interpreted into Cascading Style Sheets. Sass has two syntaxes one is .sass and other is .scss. With Sass, you can create tiny style sheets that may be pretty much better to write and also modify then normal CSS code. Sass provides various characteristics which tend not to occur through normal CSS implementation.


Variables are used to store information like colors, font stacks, or any CSS value which you think you will reuse it throughout your entire style sheet.


Mixins allow making groups of CSS declarations that you want to reuse throughout your website.


By this option, you can nest your CSS selectors in a way that follows the same visual hierarchy of HTML.

Extend or Inheritance:

With the use of this property, you can inherit any styles which already used in any previous class.


In Sass, you can generate your own grid or in any special cases where many classes and percentage calculation are required.


Using this option you can maintain your CSS by splitting into small portions.


You can create partial Sass files that contain little snippets of CSS that you can include in other Sass files. This is the best and easiest way to modularized and maintains your CSS.


Before Sass extension designer uses normal CSS in coding, where they have to define styles for their documents, including the design, layout, and variations in display for different devices and screen sizes. In CSS, developers can’t use macros, variables, symbolic constants, conditionals, and expressions over variables. Working with normal CSS is getting more complicated and more challenging to maintain.

While Sass is used for describing the style of a document with precision and structurally with more impact than normal CSS allows. Saas incorporates different features that are used to create manageable style sheets and even offers a simple and more elegant syntax for CSS. Sass allows converting your syntax file into normal CSS file using a command-line program or a web-framework plugin. Sass is helping to make CSS better and giving CSS users real-world implementation and feature experimentation. Certain Sass functionality could very well tell future CSS specifications. A pre-processor like Sass gives you a whole bunch of functionality all bundled into one tool, irrespective of whether you need or even will use all of those characteristics. Though Sass has its own characteristic it is scalable and extensible to structure and manage the CSS as per your future business needs.

We strongly recommend to Hire Frontend developers to leveraging Sass implementation for your website front end optimization and empowering your business with enhanced productivity & better control.

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Written by Kapil Antala

Kapil Antala is a Design Lead at CMARIX InfoTech, a leading UI/UX Design Services Company with 12+ years experience. Kapil firmly believes that design is an art, which requires scientific execution to bring commercial results. He leads execution of Design Driven Engineering (DDE) at CMARIX for web, mobile and custom software development services.

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