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#want Web Platform Frontend Toolkit

The Div Soup problem Turnkey Frontend frameworks like Bootstrap & Foundation are great - but are not for me. They don't feel like I'm building for the web. Frameworks by definition are opinionated but class="col-md-4" loses all semantic meaning. And in order to enable even the most simplest of layouts or style, one needs to wrap div on top of div, creating an illegible "div soup." Lastly, "mobile-first" is definitely a growing theme, but all of the above lack guidance on building amazing responsive layouts & designs.
Call for a toolkit What I'd love to see is a "Web Platform frontend toolkit." As oppose to a framework, a toolkit doesn't hide away the features of the web and provide the tools needed to build apps rapidly.

What kind of tools? Tools like robust layouts built on Flexbox. Tools like REM calculators. And tools like polyfills for responsive videos that have yet made into specs.

Features could include:
Layout…