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More on Media Queries

May 10, 2013

Building on top of media types the W3C added media queries. A simple media query looks like the following:

@media screen and (max-width: 1200px) {
  css here

It begins with the media type (in this case screen) and is followed by the query as a feature: value pair. Here we’re targeting browsers with a max-width of 1200px

The type and the query are joined by the “and” operator. We’ll see in a bit that we can chain this operator to target very specific devices and characteristics

Above we started the media query with @media, but there are actually 3 ways to include media queries.

  • @media which is added in your css file — @media screen and (max-width: 1200px) {css here}
  • as part of html link element — < link rel=”stylesheet” href=”my-style.css” media=”screen and (max-width: 1200px)” / >
  • @import in .css — @import url(“my-style.css”) screen and (max-width: 1200px)

The @media method is probably the most common and it has the advantage of keeping all your css in a single css file. It’s likely what you’ll use most often in practice.


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