It’s WWW…Wednesday! Bootstrap 5 Alpha
by Taylor Slattery | August 5, 2020
Bootstrap is back, and they’ve made some major changes. This time around the team was looking to trim the fat and lose what wasn’t working, which in this case meant v4’s dependency on jQuery. Though grateful for all that jQuery has offered the community over the years, its exclusion results in substantially smaller file sizes with improvements to page loading as well.
Also worthy of note is that v5 will no longer support Internet Explorer, a move that should come as no surprise, as Microsoft moves to fully phase out their legacy browser in favor of Microsoft Edge. The move makes room for a suite of custom CSS properties, the application of which had been limited to simple variables and fonts in previous versions due to Internet Explorer. In v5, these properties are being expanded to a handful of new components, with support for buttons coming in the future.
In addition to the technical overhaul, the site has undergone a facelift as well. Improvements to the site’s appearance have been made to better reflect its purpose, and the old rounded box logo has been replaced with a new silhouette evoking the imagery of a set of braces. Beyond just the cosmetic changes, new documentation has been added to the site as well. The Customize page has been updated to provide further detail on how to get the most from Bootstrap. In addition, they’ve created a starter project on GitHub, which you can use to springboard your learning.
Be sure to check out Bootstrap v5 here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.