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Here at Factotum we’ve been using LESS for a couple of years to create websites on the for fly for eziCONEX.com. LESS stands for Leaner CSS. It is a dynamic stylesheet language designed by Alexis Sellier that is influenced by Sass and has influenced the newer “SCSS” syntax of Sass, which adapted its CSS-like block formatting syntax.

LESS is open-source and its first version was written in Ruby, however in the later versions, use of Ruby has been deprecated and replaced by JavaScript. The indented syntax of LESS is a nested meta-language as valid CSS is valid LESS code with the same semantics.

LESS provides the following mechanisms: variables, nesting, mixins, operators and functions; the main difference between LESS and other CSS pre-compilers being that LESS allows real-time compilation via LESS.js by the browser. LESS can run on the client-side and server-side or can be compiled into plain CSS.

I think we’ll be seeing more of LESS in the future.

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