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Discussion on: TailwindCSS: Adds complexity, does nothing.

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Jon Telles

You're getting a lot of pushback here but I completely agree with you. It's pretty baffling to me how popular it is, but I LIKE CSS so maybe that's the difference.

Not trying to throw shade but many of the people I see favoring Tailwind admit that they're bad at CSS or actively hate it.

At this point I know CSS very well so it seems like much more work to fiddle with abstracted utility classes and learn the "Tailwind way" of doing something, rather than the CSS way...which I know isn't going anywhere and has standards.

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Brian Boyko Author

Oh, and there's a lot to hate about CSS.

The standard names can indeed be confusing. Dealing with priority -- i.e., what styles overwrite other styles -- can be problematic as well. In the original spec, there was no support for variables, which made it impossible to reuse code from class to class, and even today there isn't support for functions.

And yet, we continue to use it -- and our dependency on it grows, because while nobody likes the CSS standard, nobody can agree on anything that can replace it. The best we have are tools that transpile to CSS.

This is why I really do think that something like native support for SCSS files should be a priority of whatever muckety mucks are in charge of WebKit. But then again... I don't see that happening anytime soon when the existing solutions are good enough.