Early in 2022, all the major browsers released Cascade Layers, with the potential to fundamentally change how we write styles – especially in an age of design systems, component libraries, and third-party tools. But fundamental changes require us to re-think how all the pieces fit together.
The Cascade is the underlying algorithm that drives our entire language, and the main target of frustration when our styles go bad. But why is it there, how is it changing, and why should we care?
In this deep-dive, we’ll look at the overall cascade, and where Cascade Layers fit. Along the way we’ll need to rethink our CSS conventions, the purpose of !important, and how we build or use third-party libraries. And we’ll take a look at what else is coming over the next few years with @scope and proximity.