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Pseudo Element Animations/Transitions Bug Fixed in WebKit

It has been a long-standing bug in WebKit that pseudo elements (like ::before and ::after) cannot be animated or transitioned. As of yesterday that bug was fixed thanks to Elliott Sprehn. You can pop open Google Chrome Canary and see

January 3, 201314 comments

Progressive JPGs: A New Best Practice

There are two kinds of JPGs in this world: baseline and progressive. Progressive is just better. Ann Robson shows us why.

Experimenting locally with a throttled bandwidth, an 80K progressive jpeg beats a 5K baseline jpeg (the same image, downsized) …

January 2, 2013

Sass and Scattered Media Queries: “It Doesn’t Matter”

Many of us using Sass are writing our media queries "inline" one way or another. There is a fairly common concern that doing this "scatters" media queries throughout our compiled CSS rather than in a combined block as we …

January 2, 2013

The Bookshelf Updated

These are all books that I own, read, liked, were helpful, and that I recommend.…

January 2, 2013

The Design Lesson

I like these thoughts by Andy Rutledge:

In graphic design, nothing is what it actually is. Everything other than content is representative of something else.

A line isn't a line, it's a boundary. Don't need a boundary? Or is that …

January 1, 2013

Thank You (2012 Edition)

The annual report: statistics, milestones, old goals and new, and a hearty thanks from me as we head into 2013.
December 31, 201269 comments

The Making of the Interactive Treehouse Ad

We go through the planning and creation of the interactive Treehouse ad on this site.
December 30, 201223 comments

Guest on Non-Breaking Space

I got to hang out with the crew at NBSP for their end of year special! …

December 28, 2012

5 Use Cases for Icon Fonts

Tim Pietrusky shares some ideas on how to use icon fonts as well as debuts his own new free service for icon font hosting.
December 27, 201237 comments

How To Deal With Vendor Prefixes

There are plenty of different ways to deal with vendor prefixes in CSS as part of your workflow. It depends on if you hand-author CSS or preprocess, and even then there are choices.
December 26, 201240 comments

ShopTalk Episode 48

#CROSSOVER time with Jen Simmons from The Web Ahead! Jen, Dave and I talk about The Web Behind, the Instagram debacle, getting better, being critical of yourself, and more. Thanks to and InControl for sponsoring.…

December 25, 2012

Dive Into Flexbox

Greg Smith with a deep look at new/final flexbox (display: flex).…

December 23, 2012

CodePen PRO

Big day for me and the CodePen team! Many, many months of development have given birth to CodePen PRO, a set of eight brand new features. Things like Collab Mode, where you can literally write code and chat with other …

December 20, 2012

A Tale of Animation Performance

It's all started with a tweet:

Hey @chriscoyier, do you have any source confirming translate() is better than top/right/bottom/left for moving objects please? :)— Hugo Giraudel (@HugoGiraudel) December 10, 2012


So we're all on the same page, …

December 20, 201247 comments

Updated List of Icon Fonts / Flat Icons

Now 81 sets, by my count.…

December 19, 2012

Interactive Guide to Blog Typography

Super neat walkthough of making good typography choices by Tommi Kaikkonen.…

December 18, 2012

CSS Hypenation

PPK: Hyphenation works!

Eric Meyer on places to avoid it.

In my own experience in the CSS-Tricks v10 redesign, at one point I had hyphenation turned on everywhere and got loads of complaints of certain versions of Firefox over-hyphenating …

December 18, 2012

So You’re Going To Start A Huge New Web Project

I was asked this past week to consult for a company embarking on a huge new website redesign. I thought I'd write up some thoughts that I would share with anyone in that position.

You cannot neglect mobile.

Look at …

December 18, 201244 comments


Zuck was all like "HTML5 is too slow" and Sencha is all like "Whatever child take a peep at this."…

December 17, 2012

CSS-Tricks Chronicle IX

A tribunal on the happenings of the the passing approximate fortnight.
December 14, 201217 comments

FooTable: a jQuery Plugin for Responsive Data Tables

Brad Vincent introduces a new jQuery plugin for helping with responsive data tables with his friend Steve.
December 13, 201238 comments

Slides From Recent Presentations

As you know, slides alone pale in comparison to being there to see a talk, but I still feel they are worth sharing. I've just gotten to posting up my last three prepared talks on SpeakerDeck.

RSS readers, you'll …

December 12, 201234 comments

Do we need box-shadow or border-radius prefixes anymore?

The answer is: probably not. But maybe.
December 12, 201229 comments

Nine Ways to Improve User Experience in Mobile Design

Ben Terrill shares some "best of" excerpts from a new free e-book he co-authored with quick-hits on making UX better on small screens.
December 11, 201221 comments

BERG Cloud Buttons

The buttons at BERG Cloud are pretty sweet looking. It's not a hugely big deal, but the way they have created them uses two separate images (not sprited) and two internal spans. In this tutorial we will recreate them with …

December 10, 201232 comments

CSS Next

Divya Manian runs through many of the latest stuff coming in CSS. Including several things I'm hearing about for the first time, like specifying unicode range for an @font-face and canvas-as-background.

If you can't get enough, this talk by Tab

December 9, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 46

Another RAPIDFIRE episode where Dave and I just do as many questions as possible. Including: why does Prototype still exist? What is good UX for target="_blank"? and the semantics of <cite>.…

December 7, 2012

Sauce Mac App

I quite like Browserstack, but Sauce has some pretty compelling features as well, like video recording of your testing sessions. Now Sauce has a native Mac app, which means you can do your old browser / cross platform / …

December 7, 2012

GitHub’s CSS Performance

Interesting stuff by Jon Rohan on how simplifying HTML (just a little) and simplifying selectors (just a little) made huge impacts on page performance.…

December 7, 2012


In which Timur Gafforov explains how he rebuilt his one-page website for building loading animations in pure CSS.
December 7, 201212 comments


Ryan Seddon recreates most of the Bootstrap JavaScript plugins without JavaScript. The :checked selector is the workhorse, like we've covered here, but Ryan is the OG of checkbox hacks. These things might get more powerful and more semantic if …

December 6, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 45

This week Dave and I were joined by Harry Roberts and where we continue the discussion on IDs, how preprocessors help Harry's framework Inuit.css, visualizing how CSS transforms work, and more. Big thanks to InControl 2013 for sponsoring.…

December 2, 2012

Eye Tracking

Back in early October, I was at ConvergeFL to give a talk. JD Graffam of Simple Focus and his team were also going to be there giving a workshop on eye tracking. We managed to work it out to do …

November 30, 201217 comments

Fly in Newly Added Content to a Page

Say that for any reason, a new module of content needs to appear on a page. By simply appending that new module into the DOM it will instantly appear. That might be enough of an "entrance" - or it might …

November 29, 201213 comments

Viewport Resizer

There are many like it, but this one by Malte Wassermann is a really good one. It goes the extra mile, for example, by injecting the correct meta tags, sending the right user agent, and refreshing the page in its …

November 27, 2012

“Bad Code”, Dogmatism, etc.

A wrapup of some recent discussion in the community about the use of classes, descendant selectors, whether using IDs is bad or not, how that relates to OOCSS, and all that jazz.
November 27, 201261 comments

ShopTalk Episode 44

This week Dave and I were joined by Jeffrey Zeldman for another #CROSSOVER show! (Jeffrey hosts The Big Web Show). We talk about dogmatism in code, web design in isolation, and how A List Apart was maybe the first …

November 26, 2012

Writing More Autonomous JavaScript

In which Matt Holt discusses how jQuery plugins can be more adaptable to their environment. He showcases his liveAddress plugin that works with Smarty Streets to do proper address validation as an example. A proper autonomous plugin being: plug-and-play and event-based. He finished up with a call out to simplify address fields.
November 26, 201214 comments

Women & Tech

We will ask a group of clever women out for coffees to pick their brains and share our conversations. We're not endorsing the obvious; we want to get under the surface of what it's like to be a woman working …

November 22, 2012

CSS-Tricks Chronicle VIII

In which explanations of recent phenomena are laid to bear and the veil of unknown unknowns lifts magnificently.
November 20, 201213 comments

ShopTalk Episode #43

This week Dave and I were joined by the fellas from the Bizcraft show, Gene Crawford and Carl Smith. #CROSSOVER. We talk about working remotely, client overages, local vs. international SEO, learning as it relates to design, and much …

November 20, 2012

Responsive Menu Concepts

Tim Pietrusky shares a number of different techniques for handling menus on smaller screens when the large screen version, unaltered, is untenable on the small screen.
November 19, 201246 comments

How to Use the Webshims Polyfill

Daniel Herken introduces and explains the Webshims Lib. What it is, and how to use it.
November 14, 201236 comments

ShopTalk Episode #42

Sadly we had some issues recording with Matthew Smith again (our fault). So Dave and I regrouped and did another RAPIDFIRE to catch up. We talk about @extend, image replacement and Google, organizing CSS properties with CSSComb, learning Backbone.js, and …

November 13, 2012

Stairway Navigation (A jQuery Plugin?)

On a whim the other day I thought I'd build out an idea for navigation I had. It's nothing but a visual effect in which the hovered (or active) navigation item becomes the tallest "stair" and other items before and …

November 12, 201254 comments


From the Twitter Bootstrap clan:

Prototype iPhone apps with simple HTML, CSS and JS components.

I wonder if they can make a business out projects like these.…

November 8, 2012

Why Ems?

I've long sized text only in px. Even when it was patently uncool to do so - the days in which smart people cared about the fact that text set in px couldn't be resized in IE 6-8. I've switched …

November 8, 201276 comments

Off Canvas Menu with CSS :target

"Off Canvas" patterns are different ways to approach layout where content on the web isn't just laid out in a vertical column. For instance, navigation could be positioned hidden off the left edge of the "canvas" (visible browser window) and …

November 7, 201244 comments

<picture> Demos

If you've ever thought "Meh, what is <picture> actually going to help with?" - here is a page of demos for you to see.…

November 7, 2012


Play with the new syntax for flexbox with this one-page app by Bennett Feely.…

November 7, 2012

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