CSS - Media Query

1 - About

Media queries extend the functionality of media types (print, screen) by allowing more conditional expressions in the application of style sheets.

Example:

  • landscape or not,
  • from a certain width (viewport width),

3 - Syntax

A media query consists of a:

  • and zero or more expressions that check for the conditions of particular media features (width, height, color, …).

A string matches the environment of the user if it is:

  • the empty string,
  • a string consisting of only space characters,
  • a media query that matches the user's environment

A string is a valid media query if it matches the media_query_list production of the Media Queries specification.

4 - Example

4.1 - Inline

Below a viewport of 768 px, the element


@media only screen and (min-width: 768px) and (orientation: landscape) {
    .navbar-toggle {
           display: none;
    }
}

In Less:


.navbar-toggle {
  @media (min-width: @grid-float-breakpoint) {
    display: none;
  }
}

With a Link element in the header.


<link rel="stylesheet" media="screen and (min-width: 300px)" href="myStyleSheet.css">

4.3 - Import

With the import rule


@import url("mySteelSheet.css") only screen and (min-width: 500px);

The import rule will fire an new HTTP request after the reception of the parent stylesheet and therefore has a lower performance than the two others methods

5 - Specification


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