Populating Grid Columns

Let's take another look at our grid design in order to style the teaser area for the most recent article:

We see that it spans 8 columns, starting in the third column - or, in other words, it's shifted two columns to the right. That's where Neat's grid-column and grid-push mixins come into play:

/************ Teaser Top */
article.teaser--top {
  @include grid-column(8, $neat-grid--page);
  @include grid-push(2, $neat-grid--page);
}

grid-column() takes the number of columns that the item should cover. Translated to simple CSS, this will look as follows:

article.teaser--top {
  width: calc(66.66667% - 73.33333px);
  float: left;
  margin-left: 44px;
}

Grid column configuration - GitHub

From the number of columns, Neat calculates a flexible percentage value for the width, also taking any gutter widths into account.

grid-push() takes the number of columns you want to skip. In our example, this adds the following margin to the left (overwriting the standard margin value defined by grid-column):

margin-left: calc(16.66667% - 51.33333px + 88px);

Please note that, for both mixin calls, we had to provide the grid as a second argument. This is because we want to use our own, custom grid instead of Neat's default one.

Neat Syntax

The syntax for all of Neat's mixins is wonderfully consistent:

  • Every mixin's name starts with the "grid-" prefix.
  • Every mixin can take exactly two arguments. The first one is closely related to the mixin's actual functionality. And the second one can be used to reference a custom grid definition.

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