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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

Inspector Web and the Mystery of the Shadow DOM

A video from JSConf EU 2012 in which Angelina Fabbro teaches us about the brand new shadow DOM, which is shipping now in Chrome Canary under a flag. Essentially, shadow DOM is a way for us to build modules (little …

November 7, 2012

The Facebook Loading Animation in CSS

Fabrice Weinberg explains how to combine CSS3 gradients, multiple backgrounds, and animations to create the Facebook loading animation with a single HTML element. Fancy stuff, folks!
November 6, 201239 comments

New Poll: Version Control Usage

New poll up in the sidebar. The question is about version control and asking you to pick the situation that best describes you. I just think it would be interesting to get a sense of what CSS-Tricks readers usage levels …

November 6, 201242 comments

Template and Notes from my Deseret Digital Workshop

Last week I was in Salt Lake City to do a workshop for Deseret Digital. Like my last workshop, we used the time to literally build a website from scratch. I think this live coding style is a decent …

November 5, 20129 comments

Web Developer Economics: The Wrapup

We started this series to get a look at the financial ins and outs of a web developer these days. Now we can wrap it all up by looking at the numbers all together.

We looked at:

November 2, 201238 comments

Dropdown Default Styling

There has always been big differences across how different browsers handle form styling. There probably always will be - because UI design choices aren't described in the specs. Browser makers perhaps view this as one of the ways they can …

November 1, 201241 comments


The next generation of Zen Coding. Essentially it gives you shortcuts you can type that expand into full HTML or CSS. Like nava*8 will expand into a <nav> tag with eight links inside it with empty hrefs. Or, try …

November 1, 2012

CSS-Tricks Store Now Open!

T-Shirts and Hoodies, now available anytime. Imagine one of these babies wrapped up with a bow on it under a tree. RIGHT?…

October 30, 2012

Display Form <progress>

Imagine you have a form with 10 required fields on it. That's a bit larger than your average form on the internet and a good bit of work for a user. You might lose some users along the way, which …

October 30, 201218 comments

New & interesting examples of movement in interaction design, curated by Chambers Judd.…

October 29, 2012

Web Developer Economics: Hardware Costs

This will be the last part of this mini series about Web Developer Economics before we wrap it up and look at the numbers together. We already looked at:

October 29, 201243 comments

ShopTalk Episode 40

Dave and I talk with Laura Kalbag, a freelance designer from the UK with a fresh perspective on just about everything. We talk about process, selling responsive web design, software choices, and more.

Thanks very much to PeepCode and InControl

October 29, 2012

CSS-Tricks Chronicle VII

In which the events of the day are transcribed upon bits and bytes and stored in the databii of the invisible clouded sea.
October 28, 201216 comments

Web Developer Economics: One Off Software Costs

We kicked this little series off talking about monthly service costs, then started a poll about earnings, now let's keep it going and talk about software again. This time, software that you only buy once. Maybe it has …

October 26, 201299 comments


You know those online slideshows where the text for new slides three dimensionally rotates in? Those are made with Reveal.js by Hakim El Hattab. Now there is a web app for creating them so it's even easier.…

October 25, 2012

Flexbox Will Help App-Like Layout

Quick video from simurai demonstrating how flexbox is well suited for web app (as opposed to web site) layouts. It gets extra compelling when combined with some simple media queries. …

October 25, 2012

The Big Web Show Episode #74

Jeffrey Zeldman (!) and I talk about some of my projects, some of his, and modern CSS concerns like baseline grids and retina images.…

October 19, 2012

A Line In The Sand, A Story About Meaty Chili and Using Classes

In college I worked at a bar. The bar had a small kitchen and served typical American bar food: burgers, wings, and soup. We had two soups, one would rotate, one was always chili. We hand-made the chili every week. …

October 19, 201275 comments

Updated :nth Tester

Just a quick post to note that I've updated the :nth Tester page to hopefully be a bit more useful than it was before. The purpose of the page is to learn in an interactive way how the selectors :nth-child,

October 18, 201217 comments

David Walsh on Redesigning with Sass

A guest post by David Walsh who writes about his experience as a first time Sass user redesigning his own website with it.
October 17, 201249 comments

New Poll: Personal Earnings from Completed Client Sites

New poll! This is going to be part of a little series on "web developer economics" that we got started with this post on monthly costs. Let's focus on incoming cash instead of outgoing for a moment.

For those …

October 16, 201273 comments

Smashing Mag CSS Q&A 4

The fourth installment of my Q&A series on Smashing Magazine features questions about SVG fallbacks, vertical rhythm, retina media queries, and several more.…

October 16, 2012

ShopTalk Episode 38

Another RAPIDFIRE! Just Dave and me answering questions, like how to print background colors and what people should learn next. (classic). Thanks to Mijingo and InControl Conf for sponsoring.…

October 11, 2012

Poll Results: Do you listen to music while you work?

Our latest poll asked the question:

Do you listen to music while you work?

We got over 20,000 votes and a slew of written responses. The most popular answer? Always, with 45% of the vote. Here's how the results …

October 11, 201254 comments


Dale Sande and I chat about Sass on his new podcast.…

October 11, 2012

Three Line Menu Navicon

A universal symbol for "menu" has been on a lot of people's minds lately. ("Navicon", get it?!). Jordan Moore wrote up a big article on it for Smashing Magazine. Jeremy Keith wrote about it. Stuart Robson wrote about it

October 10, 201292 comments

Compass Compiling and WordPress Themes

If you're a WordPress theme builder and a Sass/Compass user, first, yay you are awesome! Second, there is this little issue that will probably crop up for you regarding compile locations, so let's solve it now.

There are two very …

October 9, 201262 comments


Eventually, we'll all be writing code in the browser. It just makes too much sense. What will get us there is projects like this which make the experience better instead of the same.…

October 9, 2012

Aims to be the canonical non-vendor-specific documentation of web features. The major browser vendors are on board. It's in "alpha" so things are a little rough.

A noble goal, to be sure, but it feels strange to me. If Mozilla …

October 9, 2012

box-shadow vs filter: drop-shadow

Lennart Schoors shares that filter: drop-shadow(); isn't just box-shadow in disguise, it's way more useful. Essentially, it follows the rendered shape of any element (including pseudos). This makes shapes like these even more compelling than they already were, eh?…

October 8, 2012

Responsive Web Design Weekly

This email newsletter by Justin Avery is a good way to keep up with all the latest news, implementations, techniques, and what-have-you with the biggest web sea change since CSS.…

October 8, 2012

Web Developer Economics: Monthly Service Costs

Dave Rupert once asked people on Twitter about all the web services they paid for and it looked like he received a lot of interesting replies. I thought I'd blog mine and get the ball rolling on sharing lists of …

October 8, 2012102 comments

CSS-Tricks Chronicle VI

In forthwith I expound upon the events of the day and lay jolly hyperlinked words of great relevance.
October 7, 201212 comments

Digging Into WordPress v3.4

Jeff Starr has updated our co-authored book to cover the new things in WordPress 3.4, update various content, and update the ALL AJAX theme that comes with it.

This is the 10th update to the book. Pretty cool that there …

October 5, 2012

Custom User @mixins

Mixins are one of the most useful and compelling reasons to use a CSS preprocessor. CSS3 is a classic example but we already have those available in any project through Compass. In this post I share some examples of custom user-authored mixins that are useful to specific projects.
October 4, 201223 comments

CanIUse on GitHub has the most comprehensive browser support charts for web features. Now we can help Alexis Deveria keep it that way by contributing on GitHub.…

October 3, 2012

Live Weather Display Using CSS, jQuery and PHP

In which Darren Jamieson of Engage Web explains how he visually emulates the weather on the top header of using all sorts of fun technology.
October 1, 201241 comments

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