nightly css

A crate that uses the cssparser and selectors crates to provide a domain model for CSS Stylesheets. Intended to allow effective minification of CSS and CSS transformations such as autoprefixing and removal by other crates

22 releases

Uses old Rust 2015

0.0.22 Nov 10, 2017
0.0.21 Nov 10, 2017
0.0.7 Oct 15, 2017

#112 in #css

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MPL-2.0 license

18K SLoC


css is a rust crate that implements a CSS stylesheet parser and serializer. It uses the cssparser crate. It wraps source code originally forked of the style source code from servo. The great efforts and achievements of those at Mozilla that have built Servo are very much appreciated.

To get going add a dependency to Cargo.toml, eg:-

css = "*"

And then add some simple code, say to lib.rs of the form:-

extern crate css;
use ::css::Stylesheet;

// Parse
let stylesheetUtf8String: String = ...;
let stylesheet = Stylesheet::parse(&stylesheetUtf8String).expect("Wasn't a valid stylesheet");

// Serialize

use ::std::fmt::Write;

let mut destination: Write = ...
const include_source_urls: bool = false;
stylesheet.to_css(&mut destination, include_source_urls).expect("Wrote out a stylesheet");


I've built this crate to allow me to create Rust-ified variants of Autoprefixer and PurifyCSS. Why? Because my cordial web server runs facing the internet, and, given the nature of NodeJS code, it's not acceptable to have it as a dependency. It can also be used to evaluate @media, @viewport and calc() / var() / attr() rules and expressions.

It is, therefore, quite incomplete. I'd welcome patches to add support for parsing common (and less common) CSS properties. However, full support for parsing and calculating calc(), attr() and var() is present.

Please note that unlike a web browser css does not ignore what it does not understand. This is deliberate; it makes it far easier to catch assumptions in CSS code. Please patch the source if there's something you think should be parsed.

This crate will break compatibility regularly and often as it matures. It also pays no attention whatsoever to semver. At some point, if I persist with it, it should settle down and then be suitable for a more considered approach.

css is starting to move away from its origins with a different approach for calc(), attr(), support for page selectors, evaluating attr(), not normalising shorthand properties, and the like, all with the intention of making it easier to manipulate, optimize and serialize CSS.


The license for this project is Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL-2.0). The code forked from Servo is also licensed under Mozilla Public License 2.0. The Servo Developers, part of the Mozilla Foundation, retain copyright on the unaltered style source code, and also its implementation approach, forked from Servo.

There is a temporary fork of the selectors crate (and its dependency servo_arc), also from Servo, in src/selectors/temporary_fork (from "https://github.com/servo/servo", rev = "4f984a6428a0f497e311a0800efa55166c15aac6"). This will be removed once a newer version of the selectors crate (such as 0.19.0) is published to crates.io.

CSS Modifications

These are minor adjustments to CSS as it is parsed or serialized, mostly to make it more size efficient.


  • aspect-ratios are normalized using Euclid's algorithm
  • resolutions are reduced to either pixel densities (eg a DPI of 96 => a density of 1) or DPI from dots-per-centimetre (which is always larger)
  • Keyframe percentage of '100%' is written as 'to'


  • font feature settings have duplicated setting names removed
  • font feature settings are written as '0' and '1' instead of 'on' and 'off'


  • user-zoom values are normalized to 'zoom' and 'fixed'

CSS Corrections and Upgrades


Property declarations and similar declarations

  • Do not specify a dimension if the value is 0 (eg for width)
  • Can omit final ';' in a list of property declarations (valid in W3C parser in any event)
  • Optimise css colors to the smallest size, whether hex, rgb, or a name
  • Restrict the valid range of properties that can be parsed for @page rules


  • Optimise @viewport by removing duplicated rules, forcing definitions to shorthand forms, etc
  • Output prefixes -ms-, -o- for @viewport, and remove unsupported properties (orientation only for Opera, width and height only for IE11 / Edge)
  • Support parsing @counter-style Symbol::Image()

Media Queries

  • Support Level 4 operator syntax (eg >=)
  • Support parsing in a boolean context where a value has been omitted and defaults to zero (0) or none, eg for grid, color, etc
  • Support compressing CSS by omitting default values of zero (0) or not() when serializing


~44K SLoC