The Evolution of Skeleton

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bower install Skeleton-SCSS


Ribs v1.0.12

Ribs is the evolution of Skeleton, the original author seems to have disappeared and/or lost interest in the project, and my colleagues and I use this an awful lot.

What's different here?

My fork has one significant difference over the original project, that is a full SCSS conversion to make use of more modern technologies and to expose a lot more customisation options quickly and easily.

As time goes by, and with enough interest I will gradually extend the available options and build a packaging tool that allows you to select all of your customisations in a graphical way - thinking something along the lines of jQuery themeroller, just a bit more lightweight.

Some Key Differences

  • Maintained!
  • Configurable grid
  • Default colours, borders, fonts, margins, padding etc are all configurable variables
  • Normalized elements, rather than the old school CSS resets
  • Sensible Table styles
  • Taking advantage of sass, the majority of selector repetition is removed in favour of mixins that generate the selectors
  • Many issues flagged by CSSLint refactored to resolve them
  • The original CSS has been split out into individual files and heavily refactored to tidy it up
  • Golden ratio default line heights
  • A selection of useful mixins
  • Push and pull column classes
  • Bower installable


Either clone this repository and drop in manually, or install from bower:

bower install --save ribs

Build status

The project is set up to build and run csslint on Travis:

  • Master: Build Status
  • Development: Build Status


I've added grunt configuration to the repository for those of you that use it.

There are 4 main tasks added:

  • default - Runs Sass to create the stylesheet from the source files, places the output in ./css then creates a minified version of the file and places it into the same directory
  • test - This runs CSSLint over the output CSS file (Note that there are a few bits in the original skeleton css that I still need to fix!)
  • minify - This literally just runs cssmin, useful if you've edited Ribs.css directly
  • watch - This will monitor the scss directory for changes and automatically rebuild the css and minified css (Effectively the same as sass --watch but with added minification)

To get started with the grunt tools

You need to install grunt-cli globally (npm install -g grunt-cli) to start with, otherwise you wont have a runner! Then following that, from the root dir of this project, run npm install which will set up all of the required dependencies.

You should be good to go.


  • Mar 9, 2014 - (v1.0.12) Added modified version of @davidnormo's font-face mixin PR
  • Oct 17, 2013 - (v1.0.11) Renamed component.json to bower.json due to deprecation
  • Oct 15, 2013 - (v1.0.10) Resolved some issues with the grid system (Switched to margins for push/pull and removed tablet specific alpha and omega classes), Added a couple of example files.
  • Oct 15, 2013 - (v1.0.9) Default flag added to variables - Thanks to Ivo Bathke (@ivoba)
  • Oct 10, 2013 - (v1.0.8) Initial inline documentation, styledocco based docs generation, fixed breakpoint oversight on media queries for tablet and mobile
  • Oct 10, 2013 - (v1.0.7) Documented the differences between the original skeleton project and Ribs, Updated normalize to 2.1.3
  • Aug 7, 2013 - (v1.0.6) Some additional variables, grid push and pull
  • Jul 17, 2013 - (v1.0.5) Some additional variables, some base table styling
  • Jul 14, 2013 - (v1.0.4) Removed reset and replaced it with normalize
  • May 30, 2013 - (v1.0.3) Added 1.5 * font size line heights to headings and paragraphs
  • May 28, 2013 - Rename project to Ribs
  • May 17, 2013 - (v1.0.2) Travis CI build configuration, and minor refactor to remove as many of the warnings from CSSLint as was feasible to do - MAY CAUSE REGRESSIONS.
  • May 17, 2013 - (v1.0.1) Added grunt build tools
  • Apr 23, 2013 - (v1.0.0) Skeleton SCSS v1.0 - Additional variable conversions, changes based on feedback to the original project and bower submission.
  • Jan 31, 2013 - Completed SCSS conversion of Skeleton 1.2.


  • Nick Pack
  • Ivo Bathke
  • Matthew Copeland
  • Miles Z. Sterrett
  • AtomicPages LLC
  • Toby Vervaart
  • Dave Gamache


Copyright (c) 2013 Nick Pack Based on the original skeleton project which is Copyright 2011 Dave Gamache Licensed under the MIT license.

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