Introduction To And Main Features Of Semantic UI

September 21, 2016 | Usman
Semantic UI

CSS frameworks, as we all know, are the pre-prepared frameworks that help the web designers enjoy easier web design because they use the cascading style sheets language. The key feature of most of such frameworks is containing a grid. While some of them are limited and pretty simple, a big number of such frameworks come with additional JavaScript based functions and more features. Yet, their being design oriented differentiates them from those CSS frameworks which are fully functional and have complete JavaScript frameworks. These CSS frameworks are widely divided into two types: grid systems and grid generators.
Semantic UI is one of such CSS frameworks and it is within the types of CSS frameworks that are called grid systems. Grid systems are actually the structures that let the content to be arranged in vertical as well as horizontal way. This makes the management of content easy and consistent. In this post, we will cover the main features of Semantic UI.

1. Increased Productivity
The Motion UI increases your productivity because it provides you with simple and yet very effective layout supporting the HTML design and making your job easy. That is, while using Semantic web UI you can create the structure of a web page with Semantic UI templates very quickly without having to guess its precision or the cross-browser compatibility.

2. Versatility
What is Semantics, it is the knowledge of the meaning, intended meaning and the inferred meaning of a sentence. Likewise, Semantic UI examples show us that the layout of a webpage is just like that of a sentence – in a metaphorical world, and thus Semantic UI is versatile in the way how layouts are constructed and how they adapt to the varying combinations of columns and rows. Semantic development of the page supports the nested grids for much more complex use cases. Whatever might be your layout requirements, Semantic UI will eventually fit right in and help you design.

3. Superb Synchronization with Responsive Layouts
The WWW is moving towards different sized viewports. As a matter of fact, it has already moved towards different sized viewports and almost 60% of the internet users, use it through their smart phones and tabs. Thus, there is a higher than ever need for responsive layouts and WWW is fast moving towards mobile/tab friendly layouts. In this situation, Semantic programming comes to rescue programmers and do the magic any grid framework is supposed to do; it makes it unbelievably easy for programmers to develop responsive interfaces that adapt to different sized screens.

4. Five Descriptive Categories
Semantic UI is unique in many ways. For example Semantic company structured its framework in a unique and yet simple way. Semantic UI uses a few descriptive categories so as to redefine the reusable UI components. These five categories are as following:
UI Element – is a basic building block and it appears alone as well as in uniform groups. For example, a button can appear independently or in a group of buttons.
UI Collection – is actually a group of different types of elements which are free and independent. For example, you can have a web form with buttons, checkboxes, inputs, icons and whatever you may want there.
UI View – denotes a common bit of website content. For example, it can be your comments section or a feed.
UI Module – is a module in interactive JavaScript-based functionality. For example, consider dimmer model or any other such model.
UI Behavior – is another component that does not exist independently, but it is used to inject functionality into many other components. As an example, consider Form Validation behavior that provides the validation functionality for the component for Form.

5. Variety
The best thing about Semantic UI is that it provides optimum variety to the web designers. For example, each and every component of Semantic programming comes with many different types and variations. Consider the button component types for example. They include different types like standard button, button with icon and animated buttons etc. Likewise, a button can be in any mode: active, disabled or loading. Moreover, the size and color of the buttons can also be different and formatted as fluid, toggle, social etc.

6. A “Semantic” UI
Yes, it is not the linguistics classroom so why are we having to use the word semantic again and again? It is because Semantic UI is very well structured and meaningful when it comes to naming its classes and naming and defining its components. The structure is way more semantic than those found in Bootstrap or Foundation. This is why it is called Semantic UI; it is meaningful in terms of making things, terms and definitions meaningful and easy.

7. Exclusive Features & Components
Another very unique thing about Semantic UI is its unique features and components that you cannot simply find in any other CSS framework. For an example, consider Comment and Feed in UI Views components, or the Shape and Sidebar in UI modules. However, one of the most charming feathers in its crown is getting the real-time debug output while interacting with Semantic UI components. To check this, open your web console and see how your components communicate exactly what they do.

8. Neutral and Minimal Styling
The best thing about CSS frameworks is that they let the customization open to the programmers. When we talk about Semantic programming it seems to be at the apex of ease of design and customization. It is because it uses neutral and minimal styling, and thus leaves the customization to the designer. This includes all the important and really useful things, keeping out the additional features that you would not need in 90% of the cases. Moreover, the components of this framework are self-contained and movable, thus you can extract and use only those components that you actually need.

9. A Well Documented UI
Semantic UI is also very hip among the designers and programmers because of its well documented structure. The UI is very well documented, and plus the website has many examples for the different components that you might want to use. Also, the UI comes with a style guide with many techniques and directions focused on how to write a code. Hence, learning this CSS framework is a hassle-free experience and even a noob can code after some trial and error.

10. Official SS Port
Semantic UI has become a reality and more and more designers love this UI that frees them from the Bootstrap and Foundation. As a matter of fact, the Semantic programming is already very popular and now Semantic UI has its own official SASS port.

11. Official AngularJS Framework
Semantic UI now owns its own official AngularJS Framework. It is obviously making an impact on the industry. However, they clarify that it is in early stages and the project will need a lot of help from the community to reach a final stage. They welcome all types of contributions from the people who love Semantic UI or CSS frameworks or programming. This could be simple bug reporting, feature requesting, feature implementing or bug fixing etc.

12. Official WordPress Theme
Semantic UI is all about making the coders’ job easier than ever. Considering this and the fact that WordPress still alone owns more than a quarter of the WWW, Semantic UI now offers its own official WordPress theme. The Semantic UI for WordPress: Developer Edition is a project in its initial stages and it incorporates Semantic UI into a starter kit or developer theme for WordPress. Now you can enjoy some fast and useful techniques for creating responsive and fast themes for WordPress. However, this theme offered by Semantic company cannot be used “as-is”, but it is meant to be developed for a specific application. It is noteworthy to mention here that Semantic UI comes with 3000 plus theming variables and definitely you have Pandora if choices to open and enjoy.

13. Easy to learn and use
As it has been mentioned earlier, due to simple semantic names, ready to apply structures and guidelines, the Semantic UI is very easy to learn and use. Plus being open to community’s contribution, makes it a very attractive and helpful UI.

14. Compatibility with HTML Tags
What makes Motion UI the best CSS framework is its compatibility. It is compatible with a lot of things and thus makes coding easy for you. One of the best reasons why you would prefer it to any other framework is its compatibility with HTML tags. You can use it with any HTML tag. The concise HTML makes Semantic UI one of the best.

15. Intuitive JavaScript
Another good thing about Semantic UI is the use of intuitive JavaScript. It uses simple and small phrases which are called behaviors and they trigger the functionality. The arbitrary decisions in components are included as settings which can be easily modified. You would be happy to know that Semantic UI comes with 50 plus UI components that make the life easier for programmers.

16. React, Meteor, Ember
It is not only the Angular framework that the Semantic UI is integrated with, but it also works and is integrated fine with React, Meteor and Ember and other many frameworks that you love to use in order to organize your work.

17. Unimaginable Freedom
While in Semantic UI definitions are not only all about buttons, the semantic components also allow a plethora of definitions and this includes, but is not limited to, elements, views, behaviors, modules and collections which make the whole range of interface design options that you needed since ever.

Conclusion
We hope that our meek effort to encapsulate the dynamic aspects of Semantic UI would prove to be somewhat helpful and you would confidently talk about among friends and enlighten them about how Semantic UI is going to change the way coders looked at CSS frameworks and UIs. We would be happy to welcome any corrections, editions and recommendations. We love to “stay hungry. stay foolish.”

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