HOW EXACTLY TO Recreate Medium’s Article Layout With CSS Grid

JavaScript hasn’t had any formal solution for distributing packages, and every web platform (Rails, Django etc) has their own notion of how to framework and bundle JavaScript. In the last few years, NPM has begun to become the canonical way of distribution, with Webpack as the build system, but there’s no real way to fill NPM packages in the web browser without a server-side component.

Scrimba is a system for interactive coding screencast where you can run the code at any time in time. Not particularly elegant. So, let’s correct it with CSS Grid. We’ll do it step by step so that is easy for you to follow it’ll. The first thing we have to do is turn the complete article tag into a grid and present it at least three columns.

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The first and last columns are responsive and become margins. They’ll contain white space in most cases. The center column is fixed at 740 pixels and will hold the content of this article. Notice that we’re not defining the rows as they’ll simply be as tall as they need to be in order to match their content. Each content block in the article (paragraph, image, name) will get its row.

The next thing is to ensure all this content in the grid begins at the next column range by default. We can instantly see that this looks better, as the white space on each relative side makes the text easier to read. However, this effect might have been achieved just as easily using by setting the left and right margin property to auto. Why use CSS Grid?

Well, the nagging problem occurs when we want to imitate Medium’s image features. If we had used margin: 0 auto this would have forced us to apply negative margins to the images to make them take up the entire website width, which is handy. With CSS Grid though, this becomes a piece of cake, as we’ll use columns to create the width simply. To make our image take up the entire width we’ll just tell it to span from the first to the last column line. We’ve also established some margin on the top and bottom.

However, this doesn’t get us all just how, as Medium has a few other layouts that we have to account for. This is actually the image option among the normal one and the full width one, which we’ll call a mid-sized one. NOTE: If you’re watching on mobile, this image is identical fully width one.