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CSS::Prepare - pre-process cascading style sheets to make them ready for deployment


In your code:

    my $preparer = CSS::Prepare->new( %opts );
    foreach my $stylesheet ( @ARGV ) {
        print process_stylesheet( $stylesheet );

In your build process:

    % cssprepare -e -o styles/*.css > styles/combined.css


The new() method accepts a hash as arguments to control aspects of the eventual output.

hacks (boolean)

Switch support for various CSS "hacks" on or off. See "Supported CSS hacks" in CSS::Prepare::Manual. Defaults to true.

extended (boolean)

Switch support for extensions to the CSS syntax, which are incompatible with the CSS specification (but can make life easier). See "Extending the CSS syntax" in CSS::Prepare::Manual. Defaults to false.

suboptimal_threshold (int)

Number of seconds that CSS::Prepare will spend optimising each CSS fragment in the more accurate way before switching to a less accurate but much faster algorithm. See <Optimising CSS> in CSS::Prepare::Manual. Defaults to 10.

If set to zero, it will never switch to the suboptimal method. Do note that large style sheets with thousands of rule sets can take several minutes to process fully, and the extra savings are quite minimal after the first few seconds have elapsed.

http_timeout (int)

Number of seconds that CSS::Prepare will wait whilst trying to fetch a remote style sheet before giving up. Defaults to 30.

pretty (boolean)

Switch to support pretty-printed output rather than highly compressed. Defaults to false.

Note that this only affects the amount of white space used in the output. All comments and invalid rule sets and declarations from the source style sheets are still dropped before output.

status (callback)

Override how status reports are handled. The callback subroutine is given two parameters: the text to be printed and a flag to say if it is expected to be a temporary line (ie. can be overwritten).

The default callback is:

    sub status_to_stderr {
        my $text = shift;
        my $temp = shift;
        print STDERR ( $temp ? "\r" : '' ) . $text;

Status reports can be silenced by providing a null callback, like so:

    my $preparer = CSS::Prepare->new( status => sub {} );


The only fixed requirement CSS::Prepare has is that the version of the perl interpreter must be at least 5.10.

If you wish to use @import url(...); in your style sheets you will need one of HTTP::Lite or LWP::UserAgent installed.

Some parts of the extended CSS syntax are implemented as optional plugins. For these to work you will need Module::Pluggable installed.

To use the --server option in the cssprepare script, you will need Plack::Runner installed.



Mark Norman Francis,


Copyright 2010 Mark Norman Francis.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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