The What

What is the TL;DR of the category? What do tools in this category let you do?

These tools allow you to write CSS in a different syntax to allow for variables, nesting, and other helpful features. The code written with a preprocessor language will be converted to plain CSS so it can be understood by the browser.

The Why

Why would I need to use it? Why would I need to start using it?

These tools are helpful for when you want to start writing CSS with variables or functions and have cleaner code.

The Where

Where in the CSS design/pipeline is this category of tools used? Learn more.

The preprocessed CSS code must be converted into plain CSS using a compiler. This compiler must convert the CSS before it is sent by the web server.


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