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XCS Parser: Parse and compress XCSS files

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This class can be used to parse and compress regular and extended Cascading Style Sheet (XCSS) definitions.

It can parse XCSS definitions and process them by evaluating macros and expressions, including external XCSS files, evaluating the rules of inherited styles, and processing comments that start with // .

The class can generate regular CSS definitions from the processed XCSS files. The processed CSS definitions may be compressed by removing white spaces, or formatted to be prettified and human readable.

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CSS is used to define the details of presentation of Web site pages, hopefully keeping separate the definition of content from the presentation details. However, CSS does not always provide the level of control over presentation details that Web designers wish.

XCSS is an extension of the CSS standards that allows using more complex definitions that involve macros and expressions.

This class implements a PHP parser that can evaluate XCSS definitions and generate regular CSS, so any PHP site can benefit from XCSS possibilities without waiting for browsers that support.

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ABOUT ^^^^^ XcsParser is a XCS/CSS parsing and compression class for PHP5. XCS stands for "eXtended Cascading Stylesheet". "Extended", because XCS introduces several new concepts and shorthands to CSS standard: 1) Global variables (e.g. '!foregroundColor = #333;'); 2) Simple arythmetic operations on variables, and/or integer constants ("simple" means only 2 operands allowed). (e.g. '!width = !columnWidth * !numberOfColumns;') (e.g. '!width = !columnWidth * 4;') 3) Complex expression handling, if allowed (e.g. '!date = expr(date("Y:m:d"));') 4) Inline file inclusion, if allowed. This is different from normal CSS file inclusion, as it is performed in place (i.e. server-side), instead of client-side. (e.g. '@require(variable_defines.css);') 5) Creating new CSS definitions by extending the existing rules (e.g. '.smalltext{font-size:0.8em} .smallredtext extends(.smalltext){color:red}') 6) Line comments syntax with '// ... ' (e.g. 'width: 120px; // this is a comment') Of course, XCS syntax is optional, and the class can be used for basic CSS prettyfying/compression alone. Depending on compression flag set, the class will eiher: 1) Leave your CSS as-is. 2) Remove duplicated properties, alphabetize them and, optionally, alphabetize rules as well. 3) Like 2), but will also strip any duplicated newlines. 4) Like 3), but will also strip any CSS comments and zap all whitespaces to a single ' '. The class requires PHP5, and will not work with PHP4. All overridable `private` members are declared `protected`, so one could easily extend the class to meet her particular needs (e.g. to pre-populate options and flags in order to avoid in-script option setting). By changing internal regexen, one could also tweak XCS syntax to her liking. For more on this, see included examples. Included example scripts: ../examples/basic.php - Basic usage example. ../examples/static.php - Static loader usage example. ../examples/inherit.php - Class inheritance usage example. ../examples/noexpr.php - Forbidden `expr()` syntax example. ../examples/norequire.php - Forbidden `@require()` syntax example. ../examples/compression.php - Various compression/prettyfying examples. ../examples/syntax.php - XCS syntax changing advanced examples. AUTHOR AND LICENSE IFORMATION ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ My name is Ve Bailovity, and you can reach me at If you find a bug or need help of any kind, please don't hesitate to do so. I don't really know much about legal stuff. Use this as you see fit. For more info and an exception to this, see 'LICENSE.txt' file included with the release.

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  Accessible without login Plain text file defines.css Data Basic test style - defines the values in style.css
  Accessible without login Plain text file style.css Data Main test style

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  Plain text file basic.php Example A basic test/demo file for XcsParser class
  Plain text file compression.php Example Compression test/demo file for XcsParser class
  Plain text file inherit.php Example Inheritance test/demo file for XcsParser class
  Plain text file noexpr.php Example Forbidden expressions statements test/demo file
  Plain text file norequire.php Example Forbidden external files access test/demo file
  Plain text file static.php Example Static loader test/demo file for XcsParser class.
  Plain text file syntax.php Example Advanced syntax changing test/demo file for XcsParser class

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  Plain text file XcsParser_class.php Class Main class file

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