Moving CSS into JS adds a barrier preventing people not already deep in JS land from styling stuff. Doing CSS the classical way means you lose the advantages of JS infrastructure (dependency management, avoiding a global namespace). For authors of generic components, both suck.

I'm hitting a bit of a wall here

I know what you mean - CSS isn't enough. The JS looks very ugly, because anything that changes the DOM looks really horrible without JQuery. It's a pain

@marijn @baldur I thought that moving CSS into JS was a thing from around 1998 ... and JSSS died with the Netscape Communicator.

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