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1000px Grid for Responsive Web Design

To figure out your grid width percentages for a fluid design, you start with a fixed design and divide the column widths by the container width. Elliot Jay Stocks calls for us to stop the self-torture and use 1000px for …

Pictos Server

I've long been convinced icon fonts are awesome. Now Drew Wilson's new service (and article I'm linking to) put to rest any of the last possible arguments against them. Think they use unsemnatic markup? Apply them via pseudo element. …

Responsive Design Testing Bookmarklet

Bookmarklet by Benjamin Keen which automates an idea by Lennart Schoors where the current page is loaded into a bunch of differently sized iframes, so when working on a large monitor, you can see what a design looks like at …

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Animate to an Inline Style

You already know that inline styles are "bad practice." Inline styles aren't reusable like CSS in separate files is, and thus, inefficient bloat. Unless of course, when it isn't. …

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Custom Fonts in Emails

A reader writes in:

Would it be possible to draw an entire typeface in CSS to be sent in emails? Our company needs to send out emails to about 20k people to introduce a new brand that we are launching. …

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Burst Title

During the previews for a movie I saw recently, there was an advertisement for an Oprah-related something or another. I wasn't paying attention because I was trying to get out my phone so I could snap a picture of it. …

CSS1k

Back in the day, the CSS Zen Garden was a place to showcase the power of CSS. A single page was redesigned in vastly different ways with no change to the HTML. The CSS1k project (head up by Jacob Rask) …

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YouTube Popup Buttons

There is a certain style of button on the latest YouTube design (most easily found in the footer) where the default state of the button has a very subtle bevel to it, but on :hover and :focus states the button …

Shop Talk Episode 1

The inaugural episode of Shop Talk where Dave and I are joined by Jonathan Snook and we answer a bunch of listener questions. Sorry about the sniffles and other rough edges, we'll get better as we go. Sponsored by LessAccounting

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(Better) Tabs with Round Out Borders

A good-looking tab control usually has one feature that I've always found impossible to reproduce without images: borders that bend to the outside at the bottom of each tab. In this article I would like to show how you can use the CSS :before and :after pseudo elements to create this effect without using images.
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Upcoming Speaking

My first half of 2012 is sprinkled with some web conferences I'm very much looking forward to. …

CSS Profiling and Optimization

Just as I got done saying how I hope we can soon stop talking about CSS selector performance, Juriy Zaytsev publishes some great research on selector performance using Opera and WebKit's new "style profiler" as part of the dev tools. …

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Looking to Hire Someone for Web Work?

The very first thing you should do is start writing. Just open a text file and define exactly who your ideal hire is. What they are like, what they hopefully know, what you'll need from them, and what you can …

HTML5 Progress Bars

Comprehensive research by Zoltan Hawryluk on the <progress> element. Screenshots of default styling across different browsers, overriding that default styling, shadow dom, polyfills, states, and fancy replacement tricks.…

WebKit Selector Performance Changes

Nicole Sullivan covers some of Antti Koivisto's work on making CSS selectors faster in WebKit. Clever stuff, which Nicole helps make understandable for all of us. Mostly stuff that helps the browser "rule out" selectors more quickly. I hope other …

Responsive Multi Column Data Tables

Maggie Costello Wachs from Filament Group shares the best approach to responsive data tables I've seen yet. Remember the problem: exploring a large data table on small screen devices means a bunch of horizontal and vertical scrolling, which sucks. Her …

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Public Service Announcement: Watch Your @font-face font-weight

Many (especially decorative) web fonts come only in a few selected weights and styles. It's smart to load as few as possible since they can be quite heavy, but also make sure you only use them in the weights/styles you load otherwise the browser will fake it for you and muddy it up.
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Thank You (2011 Edition)

Hey folks! It's that time of year again where I write a post to say thanks to every person visiting this site. CSS-Tricks is part of my career, so just by virtue of you visiting this site directly helps me.…

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Custom Events are Pretty Cool

Callbacks are one way to keep JavaScript functionalities cleanly separated, but they aren't always enough. Using custom events are easier, more flexible, cleaner, and can make more obvious readable code.
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Stuff you can do with the “Checkbox Hack”

Using a hidden checkbox, you can re-create a lot of functionality on website that rely on clicks and toggled states. Fair warning, it's not always super semantic or a good idea, but it's awful fun to play with.
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Adobe-like Arrow Headers

There are some pretty cool module headers on Adobe's site. In this tutorial we'll recreate them in a more efficient way.
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Multiple Attribute Values

By space separating the value of the class attribute we get "multiple classes" we can select by. But what if we want to be able to do that with other attributes?

Dabblet

The best part about Lea Verou's new in-browser HTML/CSS demo tool? It saves your demos to your GitHub account as gists. …

Auto Updating IE

Big news from Microsoft:

With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly

Windows XP gets IE 8
Windows Vista and 7 get IE 9

Presumably every new release will happen …

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Open a Window with Full Size Unscaled Image

For the gallery section of this site, I wanted people to have the ability to see the screenshot at its original size. Due to the fluid nature of this site, it's fairly common for the screenshot to be scaled down …

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New Poll: Your Internet Connection Speed

I think it would be interesting to get an idea of what the internet connection speeds are like for CSS-Tricks readers. Connection speed makes such a huge difference in the web browsing experience I hope that getting an understanding of …

TextMate 2

The long awaited has arrived (in alpha).…

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HTML Forms in HTML Emails

You know how you can send HTML email?

You know how things like text areas and radio buttons are HTML elements?

Yep.…

Knyle Style Sheets

Project from Kyle Neath that builds a very human-readable "living styleguide" automatically from your CSS comments. …

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Numbering In Style

Chances are if you want to number things in order on a website, the ordered list (<ol></ol>) is your guy. It also is pretty reasonable that you want to style those numbers. Strangely enough, styling those list numbers …

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Relevant Dropdowns: Polyfill for Datalist

The list attribute / datalist element of HTML5 forms is pretty cool. As you type in a text input, it shows you a dropdown menu of choices you can pick from. Or you can type in whatever you want. The …

24 Ways: Unicode Range

24 ways, the annual all-thing-front-end-web advent calendar, kicks off this year with some very clever CSS trickery by the publications founder Drew McLellan.…

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The Script Tag

I got a great question from reader Josh Kreis:

I've noticed that on a <script></script> tag, there are all kinds of variations that all seem to work cross-browser. What is necessary and what isn't?…

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Simple Styles for Horizontal Rules

That is, the <hr /> element. With the help of a few contributors, I put together this page of very simple styles for them. You could get a lot fancier with an element like a <div></div> that can hold content, …