The playbook for Web Design of U.S. government websites, as outlined by CIO.GOV (https://playbook.cio.gov/designstandards/getting-started/) calls for the use of standards in web design that are designed to set a new bar for simplicity and consistency across government services, while providing for plug-and-play design and code. One of the most important standards in play today for creating error free Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is Sass, or, Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets.

Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world. Sass lets you use features that don't exist in CSS yet like variables, nesting, mixins, inheritance and other nifty goodies that make writing CSS fun again. Once you start tinkering with Sass, it will take your preprocessed Sass file and save it out as a normal CSS file that you can use in your web site. This half day course covers Sass and Compass (a CSS authoring framework for Sass) development essentials. Whether you're developing a static site, a dynamic site with a CMS (Drupal), or building an advanced web-based application (Angular), you'll find that Sass is an indispensable tool for taming and optimizing your CSS.

What are the three key takeaways?

  1. Learn how to refactor a very long and difficult to maintain CSS file into a set of .scss (Sassy CSS) files that are easy to maintain
  2. Learn how to restructure your CSS for optimal maintainability and produce minified production builds
  3. Learn how to use advanced CSS tricks such as base-64 encoding of images to significantly increase the performance of your web sites and web applications

Conference event time: 

  • 8 a.m.-12 noon (Morning sessions)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016


  • Exec Salon 1