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Foundation vs Semantic UI: What are the differences?

Foundation: The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices; Semantic UI: A UI Component library implemented using a set of specifications designed around natural language. Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.

Foundation and Semantic UI belong to "Front-End Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Foundation are:

  • Semantic: Everything is semantic. You can have the cleanest markup without sacrificing the utility and speed of Foundation.
  • Mobile First: You can build for small devices first. Then, as devices get larger and larger, layer in more complexity for a complete responsive design.
  • Customizable: You can customize your build to include or remove certain elements, as well as define the size of columns, colors, font size and more.

On the other hand, Semantic UI provides the following key features:

  • Build Responsive Layouts Easier
  • Self Explanatory
  • Tag ambivalent

"Responsive grid", "Mobile first" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider Foundation; whereas "Easy to use and looks elegant", "Variety of components" and "Themes" are the primary reasons why Semantic UI is favored.

Foundation and Semantic UI are both open source tools. It seems that Semantic UI with 45.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Foundation has a broader approval, being mentioned in 654 company stacks & 77 developers stacks; compared to Semantic UI, which is listed in 77 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.

What is Foundation?

Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.

What is Semantic UI?

Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
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    Decisions about Foundation and Semantic UI
    React
    React
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Apollo
    Apollo
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Webpack
    Webpack
    React Helmet
    React Helmet
    styled-components
    styled-components
    Sass
    Sass
    Less
    Less
    PostCSS
    PostCSS
    Bootstrap
    Bootstrap
    Semantic UI
    Semantic UI
    Foundation
    Foundation
    React Router
    React Router
    Koa
    Koa
    #JSX
    #React.
    #Css
    #StyledComponents.
    #Async
    #HTML
    #GraphQL
    #Apollo

    ReactQL is a React + GraphQL front-end starter kit. #JSX is a natural way to think about building UI, and it renders to pure #HTML in the browser and on the server, making it trivial to build server-rendered Single Page Apps. GraphQL via Apollo was chosen for the data layer; #GraphQL makes it simple to request just the data your app needs, and #Apollo takes care of communicating with your API (written in any language; doesn't have to be JavaScript!), caching, and rendering to #React.

    ReactQL is written in TypeScript to provide full types/Intellisense, and pick up hard-to-diagnose goofs that might later show up at runtime. React makes heavy use of Webpack 4 to handle transforming your code to an optimised client-side bundle, and in throws back just enough code needed for the initial render, while seamlessly handling import statements asynchronously as needed, making the payload your user downloads ultimately much smaller than trying to do it by hand.

    React Helmet was chosen to handle <head> content, because it works universally, making it easy to throw back the correct <title> and other tags on the initial render, as well as inject new tags for subsequent client-side views.

    styled-components, Sass, Less and PostCSS were added to give developers a choice of whether to build styles purely in React / JavaScript, or whether to defer to a #css #preprocessor. This is especially useful for interop with UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Semantic UI, Foundation, etc - ReactQL lets you mix and match #css and renders to both a static .css file during bundling as well as generates per-page <style> tags when using #StyledComponents.

    React Router handles routing, because it works both on the server and in the client. ReactQL customises it further by capturing non-200 responses on the server, redirecting or throwing back custom 404 pages as needed.

    Koa is the web server that handles all incoming HTTP requests, because it's fast (TTFB < 5ms, even after fully rendering React), and its natively #async, making it easy to async/await inside routes and middleware.

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    How developers use Foundation and Semantic UI
    Avatar of Markus Gebka
    Markus Gebka uses FoundationFoundation

    I use it for a lot of professional work where I might need more than just a responsive grid. Has a great set of mixins and components and also some nice JS-modules. I love that its so style-agnostic. Really easy to add custom styling.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses FoundationFoundation

    Foundation has been my choice for years over Bootstrap and other similar CSS frameworks due to the naming conventions, well-designed built-in components, and it plays well with React when I'm not using ElementalUI instead.

    Avatar of osu! Ripple
    osu! Ripple uses Semantic UISemantic UI

    We use Semantic UI for our frotend. A heavily customised version of it, but still Semantic UI under the hood.

    Avatar of Ralic Lo
    Ralic Lo uses Semantic UISemantic UI

    Used Semantic UI + Angular2 together with Spring or Node/Express for full stack web application development.

    Avatar of glfead
    glfead uses FoundationFoundation

    I use foundation only for the grid, i create my own other components

    Avatar of Giftstarter
    Giftstarter uses Semantic UISemantic UI

    We haven't yet, but we would like to integrate into our Web App.

    Avatar of wooki
    wooki uses FoundationFoundation

    Great starting point for prototypes and sometimes full sites.

    Avatar of micro systems
    micro systems uses FoundationFoundation

    Foundation makes our web based applications responsive.

    Avatar of Eliana Abraham
    Eliana Abraham uses Semantic UISemantic UI

    It's pretty. Used it once for MDST.

    Avatar of Wellzesta
    Wellzesta uses Semantic UISemantic UI

    Grid, widgets, theming.

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