Last year I wrote an article about tools for auditing CSS. If you are a CSS lover, I bet you have heard some of those.
But did you know there is a tool called CSS Code Quality that is free to use and gives your CSS a score?
About the tool
CSS Code Quality is a tool made by Bart Veneman. As Bart says in his blog post, “think @____lighthouse, but for CSS specifically.”
How it works
After you submit either your URL or CSS code, you get the scores for the following:
- complexity, and
The maximum score is 100. Like the Lighthouse tool, your code is doing great if you get the green scores.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a legend telling you that 100 points are the maximum, though.
For every test that fails, your score gets lower. You can see the results for each test in the score breakdown.
There are twenty different tests at the time of writing, from checking the usage of
@import in your code to checking the number of declarations in a single ruleset.
If your code passes the test, the test will be marked green. Otherwise, if your code didn’t pass the test, the test will be marked orange or red, depending on how badly the code broke the test.
For example, the MDN site gets a red score for the “Avoid many Declarations in a single RuleSet” test because there is a ruleset with 106 declarations (!!). Similarly, the MDN site gets an orange score for “More than most common Selector Complexity” because 38.9% of selector complexities are more complex than most common.
It would be great if you could see these test fails highlighted in your CSS code somehow, but this information is helpful as it is already.
You could even download the results as a JSON file for future reference.
Writing good CSS is hard. At least now we could get a sense of how good or bad we are at it. So check CSS Code Quality today and improve your CSS!