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A Few Things from Chrome Dev Summit 2014

I got to spend the last two days at the Chrome Dev Summit (Thanks Paul Kinlan for inviting me!) I made some notes of a few things that caught my eye.


There was a brief mention of the manifest.json file

November 21, 201410 comments

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November 20, 2014

The State Of Animation 2014

Rachel Nabors:

I met and interviewed dozens of people who use and champion both CSS and JavaScript. After interviewing so many developers, designers and browser representatives, I discovered a technical and human story to be told.…

November 20, 2014

Perf.Rocks

Find resources that help you build lightning fast websites

by Daniel Guillan…

November 20, 2014

Performance Budget Metrics

Tim Kadlec groups all the things you could measure in a performance budget into four groups:

  1. Milestone timings (Example: time to visually complete)
  2. SpeedIndex (WebPageTest's well-loved but isolated score)
  3. Quantity based metrics (Example: number of requests)
  4. Rule based metrics (Example:
November 20, 2014

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XX

I thought for this edition of Chronicle I'd focus on some web stuff that I've been enjoying lately.


I got a new iPhone 6 Plus. I'm still in the "Woah, it's (obnoxiously) big" phase. I'm getting a little used to …

November 19, 20144 comments

CSS Specificity Graph Generator

Spikes are bad, and the general trend should be towards higher specificity later in the stylesheet.

Jonas Ohlsson created a tool around Harry Roberts concept.…

November 18, 2014

Fun Times with CSS Counters

Some bonafide CSS trickery from Will Boyd, like counted selected items and continuing a count across multiple sections.…

November 18, 2014

Flexbox Nav Bar with Fixed, Variable, and Take-Up-The-Rest Elements

a CSS-Tricks reader wrote to me with a layout question. A variety of elements need to be arranged in a horizontal bar. Some of fixed size, some vary, and one needs to take up the rest of the space. Flexbox is beautifully suited for this, so I explain with that.
November 17, 201424 comments

New T-Shirts! One Time Printing, Limited Time Only

It's weird. It's whimsical. It's light-hearted. It's soft'er'n'heck. Your mom will squint her eyes at you. It has a laptop with legs holding a floppy disk. It's designed by Jon Burgerman. I love it.

Taking orders for less than …

November 17, 2014

9 basic principles of responsive web design

Come for the information, stay for the GIFs.…

November 16, 2014

Sketchy Avatars with CSS clip-path

The following is a guest post by Ryan Scherf. Ryan found a neat way to give avatars kind of rough, uneven, varied edges. Kinda like they were cut out with scissors by someone who wasn't very good at using

November 14, 201416 comments

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November 13, 2014

5 Gotchas You’re Gonna Face Getting Inline SVG Into Production

The following is a guest post by Rob Levin. Rob is a Senior UI/UX Developer at Mavenlink, and coauthor of the Unicorn UI CSS Button Library. Their 2.0 release is using an SVG icon system, and here he

November 12, 201425 comments

Collision Detection

I posted about jQuery UI's position feature years ago, but I was just thinking of how useful the collision detection part of that feature is. In a nutshell: you can position an element where you want them to go, …

November 11, 201415 comments

SVG Animation and CSS Transforms: A Complicated Love Story

The following is a guest post by Jack Doyle, author of the GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP). Jack has been deep in the woods of web animation for a long time, trying to make it easier and better. He's written

November 10, 201415 comments

Firefox Developer Edition

  • For a normal front end dev like me, Valence is the most interesting feature. It's like how you can inspect iOS simulator through Safari, only it looks like you can do more with it, like inspect Chrome (weird), a Firefox
November 10, 2014

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Autocomplete is a pretty excellent feature of code editors, right? It helps us type faster and more accurately, and suggests things that might not immediately come to mind. (Was that white-space: prewrap; or whitespace: pre-wrap; again?)

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November 6, 2014

Styling Cross-Browser Compatible Range Inputs with CSS

The following is a guest post by Daniel Stern. Daniel shared with me a tool he created called range.css, which is for styling <input type="range">. This is one of those tricky things, because it requires a weird

November 5, 201420 comments

How SVG Fragment Identifiers Work

I've talked a good bit about SVG's <use> around here and using it to build an icon system. The beauty of <use> is that you can reference just a part of some SVG defined elsewhere and draw just that …

November 3, 201415 comments

Taking Control of the CSS/JS that WordPress Plugins Load

The other day on ShopTalk a question we got led us down a short tangent on WordPress plugins, the resources they load, and what that would look like in a perfect world. I ended up writing up some thoughts on …

October 31, 201425 comments

The Specificity Graph

Harry Roberts, on charting CSS selector specificity across entire codebases:

A spiky graph is a bad graph.

I would think if you went 100% on a methodology that encouraged class names for everything, your chart would be damn near flat. …

October 30, 2014

Sponsor: Wufoo

I'm posting this just as a big ol' high five to Wufoo for being a long time sponsor of CSS-Tricks.

Wufoo is a web app for building web forms. Things like contact forms, conference registration forms, t-shirt selling forms, wedding …

October 30, 2014

Shape Blobbing in CSS

We just covered shape morphing in SVG, where shapes change from one to another. Let's look at shapes that blob into each other! You know, that gooey squishy blobby effect like droplets of mercury on a surface.

I'm not …

October 28, 201413 comments

Datalists for Different Input Types

I saw an HTML5 date input the other day, which had the dropdown arrow on the right, which I've grown accustom to clicking to reveal a calendar datepicker in which to choose a date.

Typically, that looks like this:

<input
October 26, 201421 comments

How SVG Shape Morphing Works

While animating SVG with CSS is easy and comfortable, CSS can't animate all the SVG properties that are possible to animate. For instance, all the properties that define the actual shape of the elements aren't possible to change or animate …

October 24, 20148 comments

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October 23, 2014

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XIX

My occasional update on life, work, and everything in between.
October 22, 20142 comments

Lobotomized Owls

I had a post in my drafts for CSS-Tricks recently I called "Removing the Space from the Bottom of Modules". It's all about that tricky situation where you want even padding all the way around some elements to visually separate …

October 22, 2014

Probably Don’t Base64 SVG

Perhaps you've heard of data URIs. It's a really nice way of including a resource that would have otherwise been a separate HTTP request. The format that you use in a data URI can vary. Essentially you just tell it …

October 21, 201439 comments

SVG Artboard Sizing

There are a couple of different (rational) approaches to SVG artboard sizing.

The term "Artboard" here is referring to that concept in Illustrator, basically the white drawing area you have for the document. Ultimately it refers to the viewBox in …

October 20, 201414 comments

How To Get Started in Web Design

Here's an answer to how to get started building websites that I fully endorse and isn't vague. This is going to cost a little money, just like learning to play the guitar requires buying a guitar and some accessories. …

October 17, 201460 comments

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October 16, 2014

A Guide to SVG Animations (SMIL)

The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. Sara has a knack for digging deep into web features and explaining the heck out of them for the rest of us. Here she digs into SMIL (and friends), and

October 13, 201429 comments

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October 9, 2014

Intermediary Pages in a Site Hierarchy

I had a reader write in with an interesting question:

When one has multi-level navigation, do you think it crucial to have an actual page for the top-level item? For instance, About Company, Founder, History.

There isn't really anything worth …

October 8, 201436 comments

When users leave the search box empty…

The following is a guest post by Brin Wilson of WinningWP. Brin wrote to me wanting to do a little advertising for his site. I of course would happily accept that, but even better, since Brin is a

October 7, 201442 comments

The Most Common Questions Asked on ShopTalk

As I type this, Dave Rupert and I have recorded 137 episodes of ShopTalk. ShopTalk is primarily a question-and-answer style show. Dave's early idea was to have it be loosely modeled after the most popular NPR show of all …

October 6, 201410 comments

Responsive Images: If you’re just changing resolutions, use srcset.

If you're implementing responsive images (different images in HTML for different situations) and all you are doing is switching between different versions of the same image (the vast majority of usage), all you need is the srcset attribute on the …

September 30, 201452 comments

Thoughts on Pagination

I've had some disparate thoughts regarding pagination lately, so I thought I'd attempt to organize them in a post. That's how blogging works right?

Consistent Positioning

If there is any way to make sure your pagination buttons don't move, do …

September 29, 201428 comments

The Game of Life

It's not really a "game" - but more like a set of rules by mathematician John Horton Conway. Imagine a grid of cells, like a spreadsheet or a <table>. Each cell is either alive or dead. "Rounds" pass one …

September 25, 201424 comments

Don’t use `picture` (most of the time)

Jason Grigsby:

Unless you're solving for art direction, you don't need to the element. In fact, you're likely doing your users a disservice by using the <picture> element.

I'd wager that the majority of "responsive images" use is serving appropriately …

September 23, 2014

Build Web Layouts Easily with Susy

I've been coming around to the idea of using Susy (a Sass add-on for grids) lately. I like the idea of grids-on-demand, rather than a strict framework (no matter how simple). We even added support to CodePen. Last week I

September 18, 201459 comments

The Bézier Game

A game to help you master the pen tool.

By Mark MacKay.

Early in my career I had a job where a good half of it was cutting detailed clipping paths on photos (using the Pen Tool in Photoshop). We …

September 17, 2014

Getting Started with CSS Shapes

I just watched Jen Simmons give a talk Modern Layouts: Getting Out Of Our Ruts and she had some great examples of how easy CSS shapes are to use, even with safe progressive enhancement. If you haven't heard of them, …

September 17, 2014

Scroll-Then-Fix Content

A reader sent me in a GIF showing off a cool effect they saw on Google on mobile. (Presumably the homepage you see when you launch Chrome on Android?) There is a search input in the middle of the page …

September 17, 201425 comments

A Look at SVG Light Source Filters

The following is a guest post by Joni Trythall. Joni recently finished a Pocket Guide to Writing SVG. I've been excited about SVG for a while now, working with it, learning about it, writing about it... but there is

September 16, 201413 comments

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September 15, 2014

AMCSS

"Attribute Modules for CSS"

An idea by Glen Maddern for moving styling with attributes rather than classes. Not an entirely new concept, but it's interesting to give it a name and explain a system based around it. Thoughts:

  • It avoids
September 15, 2014

Give Designers Tools To Get You What You Need

Let's say you're having a healthy back-and-forth between you (a front end developer) and a designer. All the best work comes through collaboration and iteration, right? I believe that. But I also believe there are time traps in there. If …

September 10, 201441 comments

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