My preferred CSS reset (Sass and SCSS syntax)

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22nd November 2019
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First things first, credit where it's due. This reset is heavily inspired by Eric Meyer's CSS reset. A couple of years ago I directly converted it to Sass so I could bundle it with the rest of my styles, and have added a few rules of my own over time.

Other than the usual "set everything to zero" stuff you'd expect from a full reset, there are a couple of little additions I've dropped in to neutralise some browser quirks - for example setting box-sizing: border-box on everything, and forcing some defaults for text-rendering, -webkit-font-smoothing and text-size-adjust. Your mileage may vary with this stuff, but I find myself using these settings in almost every project.

The Sass reset

Yes, I'm one of those lunatics who likes pure Sass syntax. Don't worry - you can scroll down for an SCSS version below.

*, *:before, *:after
    box-sizing: border-box

html, body, div, span, object, iframe, figure, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, code, em, img, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, b, u, i, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td, main, canvas, embed, footer, header, nav, section, video
    margin: 0
    padding: 0
    border: 0
    font-size: 100%
    font: inherit
    vertical-align: baseline
    text-rendering: optimizeLegibility
    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased
    text-size-adjust: none

footer, header, nav, section, main
    display: block

body
    line-height: 1

ol, ul
    list-style: none

blockquote, q
    quotes: none

blockquote:before, blockquote:after, q:before, q:after
    content: ''
    content: none

table
    border-collapse: collapse
    border-spacing: 0

input
    -webkit-appearance: none
    border-radius: 0

The plain CSS (or SCSS) reset

Same as above, but this time with brackets and semi-colons - compliant to CSS and SCSS syntax.

*, *:before, *:after{
    box-sizing: border-box;
}

html, body, div, span, object, iframe, figure, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, code, em, img, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, b, u, i, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td, main, canvas, embed, footer, header, nav, section, video{
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    border: 0;
    font-size: 100%;
    font: inherit;
    vertical-align: baseline;
    text-rendering: optimizeLegibility;
    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;
    text-size-adjust: none;
}

footer, header, nav, section, main{
    display: block;
}

body{
    line-height: 1;
}

ol, ul{
    list-style: none;
}

blockquote, q{
    quotes: none;
}

blockquote:before, blockquote:after, q:before, q:after{
    content: '';
    content: none;
}

table{
    border-collapse: collapse;
    border-spacing: 0;
}

input{
    -webkit-appearance: none;
    border-radius: 0;
}

Enjoy! Don't forget you can download both versions, as well as minified CSS over on GitHub.

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