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10 Super Handy Tools for CSS Cleanup

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November 5, 2013
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cg-blog-post-10-healthy-schools-campaign-green-cleaning-guideClean and organized CSS has a lot of benefits such as quick page loading, higher ranking in search results and a sign of your professionalism. Many people from a visitor to a scrutinous designer will benefit greatly from your diligently marked up CSS.
Despite such advantages, manual CSS cleanup usually takes too much time, that’s why you need the following tools to help you.

CleanCSS

The tool provides a range of treatments accepting a pasted code snippet or URL. It offers 5 different compressor settings you can choose from to balance between file size and readability.

Code Beautifier

This one is perfect for those focused firmly on the project since it is very simple. You just need to link or paste your CSS to have it cleaned up according to a practical range of options.

CSS Lint

CSS Lint gives you a precise explanation of each change in your CSS that it offers. It provides many features focusing on compatibility, performance, errors, accessibility and duplication which can be easily enabled or disabled.

CSSTidy

The tool is the most suitable for those who manage a range of projects simultaneously and whose is built on Windows, Linux or Mac platforms. It can clean up your CSS autonomously perfectly fitting into your workflow.

Dirty Markup

This tool is unique due to its code optimization approach as it incorporates a combination of several technologies for code cleanup such as HTML Tidy and JS Beautify.

ProCSSor

ProCSSor takes either your CSS file, URL or a pasted snippet to format, proof and beatify your CSS immediately. It is available on iOS, OS X or any browser.

Spritemapper

Image optimization can be as beneficial as code optimization. This tool takes multiple images from a CSS stylesheet, combines them into a single image and generates appropriate CSS positioning for image slices.

Styleneat

Although this tool doesn’t provide compression, its output is complete with modified properties, indentations and selectors, and most human-friendly indeed.

Topcoat

This one is essentially a framework for flexible CSS development. If you don’t want to clean up massive CSS messes afterwards, start with well-written, compatible CSS that Topcoat offers.

W3C Valdiator

Though lacking some common features, W3C Valdiator is backed by W3C organization and is the best to use in terms of CSS validity.
These brilliant tools will help you to automate some tedious CSS aspects and save you time for more enjoyable parts of web designing.

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