I’ve already talked about Foundation in the past. Out of all the big responsive front-end frameworks out there, Foundation is the one I prefer. Most of it comes down to the fact that the Zurb tool went with Sass (and Compass) which I’ve been using for ever, as opposed to Bootstrap which took the Less route instead.
Speed speed speed
“Foundation 5 is our fastest, best build yet. It’s packed with features to help you code and learn faster than ever before.”
There you have it. The new version of Foundation is supposed to blow us away in terms of speed.
Let’s take a look at all the new shiny features.
A better User experience
We already knew about Interchange, and if you don’t, I invite you to read my blog post on how to use it.
Be aware that the new Foundation is now integrated with fastclick.js, an easy-to-use library for eliminating the 300ms delay between a physical tap and the firing of a click event on mobile browsers, and hence make your mobile experience snappier.
Off Canvas feature made it top of the navigation docs, offering the Foundation users a native integration of the now-well-known feature.
“Off-canvas menus are positioned outside of the viewport and slide in when activated. Setting up an off-canvas layout in Foundation is super easy.”
Finally, better GPU Acceleration and improved forms will also offer your users a better experience.
Coders gonna code… faster
If you have used the Foundation framework before, you would have noticed that the medium grid was not included by default. Foundation 4.3 had indeed introduced an optional medium layout, which needed to be manually added to your scss (not a big deal but still an additional step) to get featured.
The medium grid is now in Foundation 5 by default.
Note: min-width 641px (40.063em) and max-width 1024px (64em)
Redesigned Document structure
In Foundation 5, the features are now grouped by functions, and not by technology. A small JS annotation will however indicate whether the feature you are opting for is based on js or not.
My take away on the new Foundation 5
Zurb are certainly not showing any signs of slowing down in terms of development and those definite improvements of the responsive framework are there to show just that. Expect more and more from them, as they slowly but surely grow as a serious support & service provider to companies.
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