This is a way of generating HTML using a CSS selector inspired approach. Take a look at the following examples.
You simply enter the abbreviation in the Code Editor and then press the Tab key to expand the abbreviation.
Basic HTML Example
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<div> <ul> <li></li> <li></li> <li></li> </ul> </div>
Juicier HTML Example
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<div id="page"> <div class="logo"></div> <ul id="navigation"> <li><a href="">Item 1</a></li> <li><a href="">Item 2</a></li> <li><a href="">Item 3</a></li> <li><a href="">Item 4</a></li> <li><a href="">Item 5</a></li> </ul> </div>
Insertion Stops / Edit Points
Emmet offers some abbreviations that have insertion points. For example,
Where the ’|’ character represents the cursor after insertion. After you have entered the
href url you should press
ctrl+alt+right arrow (not the Tab key) to jump to the next edit point.
More HTML Examples
Be sure to check out HTML Abbreviations.
And also take a look at the cheat sheet as there are an awful lot of abbreviations for you to take advantage of.
w100p results in
m10p30e5x results in
margin: 10% 30em 5ex
padding: 100px; margin: 10em;
and how about this for gradients
lg(left, #fc0, 30%, red)
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background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0 0, 100% 0, from(#fc0), color-stop(0.5, 30%), to(red)); background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, #fc0, 30%, red); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(left, #fc0, 30%, red); background-image: -o-linear-gradient(left, #fc0, 30%, red); background-image: linear-gradient(left, #fc0, 30%, red);
If you take a look at cheat sheet, you’ll find that there are too many CSS snippets to remember. Also, some of them might be a bit lengthy for sake of logical separation.
To make CSS writing a bit easier, Emmet implements fuzzy search logic for CSS snippets: every time you enter an unknown abbreviation, Emmet will try to find the closest snippet definition.
For example, instead of writing ov:h (overflow: hidden;) abbreviation, you can write ov-h, ovh or even oh. You can play around with the fuzzy search in text editor below. Try to find as many variations as possible (use Tab key to expand abbreviations) for bxz:cb, ovx:h and pos:a snippets.
More CSS Examples
For more details on CSS abbreviations, please go to the Emmet documentation and be sure to look at the sub-chapters.
But also be sure to check out the cheat sheet.