Bootstrap (currently at version 3) is all about rapidly building websites, whether they be prototypes or finished products. In today’s videos we’re going to build ourselves a Bootstrap layout, in record time, using Emmet‘s powerful time-saving markup syntax.


Using Emmet

Before we dive into Bootstrap, it’s worth taking a minute to become familiar with what Emmet is and how you can use it.

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Building Bootstrap With Emmet

Having covered the basics of Emmet syntax, let’s now see how we can apply it to generate Bootstrap markup.

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Useful Bootstrap Emmet Snippets

Download Bootstrap, grab Emmet for your preferred code editor, and see what time-saving snippets you can come up with! Here are a few snippets as demonstrated in the screencast, just to get you going.

For example, you might use a snippet like this for a page header:

header>h1>a[href=index.html]{This is a landing page}^p.lead{This is a description of this page}

The following will give you a good start for building a Bootstrap navbar with four items:

.navbar>ul>li*4>a[href=#]{link $}

This large chunk (you might want to pick it apart to see what’s going on) will generate a carousel, including navigation links and prev/next arrows:

.carousel.slide#carousel-example>(ol.carousel-indicators>li[data-target=#carousel-example data-slide-to=$]*3)(.carousel-inner>.item*3>img[src=http://lorempixel.com/1170/300 alt=Image]+.carousel-caption{This is a caption $})(a[href=carousel-example data-slide=prev].left.carousel-control>span.icon-prev^a[href=carousel-example data-slide=next].right.carousel-control>span.icon-next)

Then, this other sizeable chunk will generate the “Product Features” section we went over. It includes a lorempixel placeholder image and some lorem ipsum dummy text pulled in by Emmet:

section#features>h3{Product Features}+p{Here's why you should really buy this product.}+hr+(.row>.col-lg-4>.media>a[href=#].pull-left>img[src=http://lorempixel.com/64/64 alt=Image]^.media-body>h4.media-heading{Feature name}+p>lorem10)*4

Our testimonials section can be built with this string (note the heavily nested small and cite elements within the blockquote:

section#testimonials>.panel>.panel-heading{A few words from our customers.}+.row>(.col-lg-6>blockquote>lorem10+small{John from}>cite{Source})*2

And lastly, the well we placed at the bottom of the page:

section#order>.well.well-lg>h3.text-center{Order now!}+p.text-center{Receive a great bonus}+p.text-center>a[href=#].btn.btn-primary{Place order →}