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RWD Bloat

Dave Rupert does an in-depth analysis of his own responsive site to figure out where he's at, identify places to improve, and evaluate the idea going around that responsive design is at fault for bloated websites.

Says Dave:

Expect RWD …

July 26, 2014

GitHub’s CSS

Mark Otto takes us on a tour of the CSS of GitHub.com. So great to read a straight-talking bit like this, warts and all.

This is 90% the same as we do things at CodePen. One major difference is that …

July 25, 2014

Guide to Responsive-Friendly CSS Columns

The following is a guest post by Katy Decorah (edited by Jason Morris). Katy was researching CSS columns and how they can work responsively, as there wasn't much information she could find out there on the subject. So, like

July 25, 201413 comments

Sponsored: Tower 2.0 is Here – To Make Git Easy!

The following is a guest post by Tobias Günther. Together with his team, Tobias creates Tower, a Git client for Mac. I personally use it every day. Just this week, they released version 2 of Tower, which I was

July 24, 20149 comments

Responsive Images: Use Cases and Documented Code Snippets to Get You Started

Andreas Bovens put together this epic recipe list for <picture> / <img srcset>. There are four scenarios:

  • Do my image sizes change depending on my responsive design rules?
  • Do I want to optimize for high-dpi screens?
  • Do I
July 23, 2014

3.14 things I didn’t know about CSS

Mathias Bynens is the master of finding, investigating, and playing with quirky (yet often valid) bits of CSS and HTML.…

July 23, 2014

A Compendium of SVG Information

A huge pile of information about SVG.

How to Use SVG

These are overview articles covering lots of stuff relating to SVG. Why to use it and the basics of how to use it. Mostly: <img>, background-image, <svg>

July 22, 201412 comments

Hacks for dealing with specificity

The overall point here by Harry Roberts is to keep the specificity on your selectors as low as you can. The end result of that effort is:

  1. More reusable styles.
  2. When you need to override that style, you have opportunities
July 21, 2014

Inheriting box-sizing Probably Slightly Better Best-Practice

I'm a big fan of resetting box-sizing to border-box, so much that we have a special day of the year around here. But there is a little adjustment to setting it that seems like a pretty good idea.

Here's the …

July 15, 201456 comments

Authoring Critical Above-the-Fold CSS

The following is a guest post by Ben Edwards. I saw Ben tweet about a simple Sass @mixin that allowed you designate bits of CSS as being "critical" - the idea being to load that critical CSS first and

July 14, 201473 comments

CSS Colorguard

Clever work by Alex Sexton to analyze CSS and find colors that are so close to each other they should probably be combined. You know, for efficiency and consistency. …

July 9, 2014

Finding/Fixing Unintended Body Overflow

Ughck, accidental horizontal scrollbar, amiright?

That can be a pain, but you can usually find the offending element by surfing around the ol' DevTools and selecting elements until you find something that extends too far over to to the right …

July 9, 201425 comments

A Sprinkling of PHP: Server-Side Techniques to Help with Front End Tasks

The following is a guest post by Zachary Brady. Zachary is about to take us on a beginner's journey using PHP to do some things that us front end developers sometimes need to do. To me, this kind of

July 8, 201451 comments

The Seventh Fourth

Crazy to think CSS-Tricks is seven years old. It's true! It's a tradition [(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)] to mark the occasion.

I'm not feeling as self-reflective as I normally am this year for some reason. I …

July 4, 201428 comments

Fixed Table Layouts

There is a CSS property for tables that, it seems to me, is well-supported, little known, and super useful. It changes the way that tables are rendered such that it gives you a sturdier, more predictable layout.

It is this:…

July 2, 201430 comments

simpl.info

Simplest possible examples of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

by Sam Dutton.…

July 2, 2014

The `time` Element

The following is a guest post by Ty Strong. Ty noticed a curious lack of information on the <time> element here on CSS-Tricks and I agreed. Can't let that happen! Take it away Ty.

The <time> element in HTML …

June 30, 201436 comments

Sponsor: Colore Maps

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June 25, 2014

Web Technologies Hanging Out Together

As a beginner, understanding how the different languages you learn interact with each other can be confusing. I thought we could pair up a variety of languages to see where they intersect and communicate.

HTML and CSS

You need HTML …

June 24, 201434 comments

rebeccapurple = #663399

... it is suggested to add the named color 'rebeccapurple', for value #663399, to CSS Color Level 4. This is a tribute to Eric Meyer's daughter who recently passed away and a mark of support from all the Web community …

June 21, 2014

Prefilling Forms with a Custom Bookmarklet

The following is a guest post by Adam Lichtenstein. Adam works at Wufoo, a web app for building web forms, so you can imagine the need for testing forms is at least double what the rest of us

June 19, 201415 comments

Use Cases and Requirements for Element Queries

This is a perfect example of making a case for new language features. Not just a vague "element queries! that would be awesome!" but laying out a real-world scenario, what we have to do to achieve it now, and why …

June 17, 2014

Async Attribute and Scripts At The Bottom

A reader recently wrote in and (essentially) asked me:

Is there any reason to use the async attribute when the script is already at the bottom of the page?

I'm not a master at this stuff, but this is how …

June 16, 201422 comments

About That Small Business Website Of Yours

Here's a (lightly edited) real email exchange I just had with someone in my family. I thought it would be worth sharing.

Hi Chris,

I understand that you have been talking with [another family member] about our website. I expressed …

June 12, 201462 comments

Cascading SVG Fill Color

One time someone told me their biggest problem with SVG icons is that they didn't match the color of text they were by. In fact it was such a big problem for them, that despite seeing the advantages of SVG …

June 11, 201412 comments

Everything You Need to Know About the CSS will-change Property

Sara Soueidan lets us know translateZ(0); is out and will-change: transform; (et al) is in. The general tips being: use sparingly, apply before you need it, be honest about what really needs it.

There is some backlash about this, mostly …

June 11, 2014

Sharing Data Between Sass and JavaScript with JSON

Imagine you have a set of breakpoints you have defined for your design that adjust the layout. Now you need to mimic those breakpoints in JavaScript, because you are choosing to load some dynamic content at that breakpoint. Now you're …

June 11, 2014

New Poll: Typing Skills

Reader Hendrik Maus wrote in asking me about how I value typing skills and suggested running a poll on it. Good idea, Hendrik! I love polls that unearth some interesting data around developer opinions and skills. There are lots of …

June 10, 201471 comments

Poll Results: Sharing Buttons

A poll has been running here regarding sharing buttons. We asked it this way:

This best describes how I share links on my social media site(s) of choice:

12.5 thousand CSS-Tricks visitors voted. The results are in! Here are the …

June 9, 201413 comments

Prefill Your Own Forms in Dev

There is a good chance there is a bunch of forms on the websites you work on. Login and signup forms, payment forms, contact forms, comment forms, etc. It's a good idea to test these forms. Certainly automated tests are …

June 5, 201423 comments

Inverse trigonometric functions with Sass

I link this up not because I think we all need to know trigonometry in our day to day CSS worker lives, but because: holy crap Ana Tudor does amazing stuff with Math and Sass which results in some capital-A …

June 4, 2014

Universal overflow: auto;

Greg Smith isn't advocating we start just slapping on * { overflow: auto; } into all our existing projects. But if we start a project with this, there are a number of advantages, like not needing to use a clearfix …

June 4, 2014

SVG `symbol` a Good Choice for Icons

You could design an icon set where the icons all had the exact same aspect ratio. But that's probably not typically going to be the case. The container around a little beaker icon might be tall and narrow. The container …

June 3, 201441 comments

Using Encapsulation for Semantic Markup

The following is a guest article by Chris Scott. Chris takes us through a great use case for the Shadow DOM. As designers, we may want to style something in a certain way, but sometimes end up having to

June 2, 20148 comments

SVG `text` and Small, Scalable, Accessible Typographic Designs

Let's say you designed something with custom fonts that was a little bit fancy. Perhaps a certain word is positioned between the ascenders of another word below it. Some text is kerned out below to match the width of that …

May 27, 201464 comments

Ideas Behind Responsive Emails

Say you've designed an HTML email with 3 columns. Because of limited and weird CSS support in email clients, email design is done with tables. That 3 column design looks great on large-ish screens, but it squishes awkwardly on …

May 25, 201430 comments

Script-injected “async scripts” considered harmful

Async is still cool (<script async src="script.js">), but the one where you create a script element with a src and inject it isn't anymore. There are a few gotcha's though, so make sure to read Ilya's whole article. …

May 23, 2014

SVG `use` with External Source

Inline SVG is an awesome way to use SVG because, among other reasons, the individual shapes that make up the graphic can be scripted and styled. The shapes are right in the DOM. But does that mean we have to …

May 23, 201436 comments

The Dangers of Stopping Event Propagation

The following is a guest post by Philip Walton (@philwalton). He is going to explain why stopping event propagation isn't something you should do lightly, and probably something you should avoid altogether.

If you're a front end developer, …

May 20, 201423 comments

Updated Flexbox Guide

Worth mentioning here: I updated the Complete Guide to Flexbox here on the site that Hugo Giraudel originally helped me with. The idea was to have the complete set of information there, but quickly get to the references to the …

May 14, 2014

jQuery with CoffeeScript

I don't always write CoffeeScript, but when I do, I'm probably using jQuery too; I always forget the syntax for stuff. So I'm going to write it all down here so I can reference it until I memorize it.

Note …

May 13, 201430 comments

Tips for Creating Accessible SVG

Léonie Watson with a much-needed reference on how to do a good job with SVG accessibility. A couple of takeaways: 1) Use it, the sharp clarity of SVG is good for low vision folks. 2) Inline SVG offers better accessibility …

May 12, 2014

Winner Winner

Super group hug and jumping high fives for everyone. I was honored to accept the Outstanding Contribution award for The Net Awards this year. The entire internet got to vote in the first round, then a select group of peers …

May 10, 201419 comments

oEmbed Bring Embedded Pens All Over

oEmbed is a neat little technology that allows for rich content to be embedded into other content very easily. You paste a link to the "thing" and, when published, that link magically transforms into something much more useful than a …

May 9, 20142 comments

Reading Position Indicator

The following is a guest post by Pankaj Parashar. Pankaj has written here before, last time about the progress element. I'm happy to have Pankaj back, this time to tackle the idea of showing reading progress (or really,

May 7, 201428 comments

Links with Inline SVG, Staying on Target with Events

It's pretty common to use SVG within an anchor link or otherwise "click/tappable thing" on a web page. It's also increasingly common that the SVG is inline <svg>, because it's often nice having the SVG in the DOM since …

May 5, 201426 comments

Programming Sucks

Too many great quotes in this essay by Peter Welch . I'll just pick this one:

Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the …

April 30, 2014

Improving UI Animation Workflow with Velocity.js

The following is a guest post by Julian Shapiro. Julian recently released Velocity.js, a more performant jQuery replacement for .animate(). He recently wrote about how JavaScript animations can be so fast over on David Walsh's blog, a topic

April 30, 201432 comments

CSS Shapes 101

A how-to with a bunch of classy examples by Sara Soueidan.…

April 29, 2014

Dealing with Content Images in Email

Let's say you're using an RSS-to-Email service. They're pretty useful. Plenty of people like subscribing to content via email. You have a CMS that generates RSS from the content you create. An RSS-to-Email service can watch for new entries, format …

April 29, 201411 comments

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