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Media Query Details

The @media rule allows us to define additional CSS to apply based on a condition, or a set of conditions.

The @media at-rule may be placed at the top level of your code or nested inside any other conditional group at-rule.

Media Types

The media condition may start with a media type and an option to indicate if this is only for this type or for all other types (not)

The types are:

screenSuitable for all devices.
printIntended for paged material and documents viewed on a screen in print preview mode.
speechIntended for speech synthesizers.
allSuitable for all devices.


@media print {
body {
font-size: 10pt;
@media screen {
body {
font-size: 13px;
@media screen, print {
body {
line-height: 1.2;

Media Features

The remaining portion of the condition concerns the media features. Primarily we work with device width, but a number of other features are useful.

widthWidth of the viewport
heightHeight of the viewport
aspect-ratioWidth-to-height aspect ratio of the viewport
orientationOrientation of the viewport
resolutionPixel density of the output device

There are even more features to use. This article has a good list of other, less frequently used, features that are available. It will also indicate if these features are widely supported yet.


/* When the screen is wider than 900px */
@media screen and (min-width: 900px) {
article {
padding: 1rem 3rem;
/* When the screen resolution is 150 dots-per-inch */
@media screen and (resolution: 150dpi) {
article {
body {
line-height: 1.4;

What are good break points for various devices?

In the olden days of the internet we would create different pages for specific devices. Today we create one site with variations of formatting via CSS and media queries. So thus we need to know a good set of pixel sizes to use for our media queries.

We'd like to have a definitive set of media queries to cover all devices. Unfortunately this is a tall order when the best we can do is general guidance for a set of best practices list of media queries.

Thankfully the fine folks at CSS Tricks have a great list of Media Queries for Standard Devices that makes a great starting point for our @media needs.

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