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Fold Out Popups

A rich HTML popup content area that works when you click a link/button (rather than hover like tooltips work). This uses a bunch of CSS3 and the functionality is also handled purely with CSS, although we discuss that at the end.
August 31, 201152 comments

Anything​Zoomer Plugin

My AnythingZoomer jQuery demo has been plugin-ized by Mottie (who also maintains the AnythingSlider). It has some new features and is easier to work with by nature of being a plugin. …

August 30, 2011

SitePoint Podcast #127

Listen to Louis Simoneau and I yak about CSS. …

August 27, 2011

Sideways Headers

Christian Heilmann had an interesting CSS predicament the other day. The idea was to make header tags rotated 90-degrees and align along the left of a blog of content rather than at the top.


So, like this. Easy, right?

Should …

August 26, 201157 comments

Pop From Top Notification

Have you seen that design pattern where a notification pops down from the top of the browser window, then slides away? We can rock that in pure CSS.


View Demo   Download Files

We'll just make a div:

<div id="note">
August 25, 201151 comments

When (and when not to) use an anchor tag?

Question from a reader on when using the anchor tag is the right choice and when it's possibly OK to use another element for behavioral stuff.
August 24, 201145 comments

Functional CSS Tabs Revisited

Functional tabbed area with just CSS. The backstory, where we are now, and the awesome theoretical future.
August 23, 201169 comments

Bootstrap

HTML/CSS framework from Twitter (Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton). Pretty comprehensive: nice clean design and typography, grid system (fluid or fixed), form elements, buttons/navigation, alerts, tooltips, LESS support... I think a web app startup could do a lot worse than …

August 22, 2011

Don’t Fear the Internet

Incredibly well done set of introduction to web design tutorial videos by Jessica Hische & Russ Maschmeyer. Kinda like my The VERY Basics video, but far more professional. Will be recommending this to every single person asking me how …

August 22, 2011

Deck.js

Pretty sweet slide deck framework that works in the browser by Caleb Troughton.

This is damn impressive too. …

August 22, 2011

Launch of Deals for Designers

There's a new area of the site: Deals for Designers with discounts on products and services from quality companies.
August 22, 201114 comments

Brushed Metal with CSS Gradients

By the inimitable simurai.

Another use case for the don't-exist-yet but-will-soon "conical" gradients.…

August 21, 2011

Infinite All-CSS Scrolling Slideshow

Just for kicks I wanted to see if I could make a row of images animate across a page and repeat indefinitely. Turns out it's really not that hard. The way I did it was to make one big long …

August 21, 201146 comments

How I Think Posting HTML In Comments Should Work

People post a good bit of HTML in the comments of articles on this site. They are trying to demonstrate something, ask for troubleshooting help, show alternate techniques, etc. This is excellent. I want to encourage this as much as …

August 19, 201137 comments

A Really Nice Way To Handle Popup Information

Showing additional info ("popup") when hovering over an element is a pretty easy thing to do. But there is a ton of subtle ways to improve that interaction. This articles goes over a really excellent technique for this covered by Doug Neiner at the Front End Design Conference 2011.
August 17, 201127 comments

Blogging. You can do better.

That's my (solo) panel name for SXSW Interactive 2011. I'll love you forever if you upvote it to increase my chances of getting to do it this year. It was denied city last year. I haven't talked much about blogging …

August 17, 2011

#100

I finally shot the 100th video. No big fireworks, just more front end learnin'! In this one we look at a Photoshop design and mark it up in HTML5 as semantically as we can.…

August 17, 2011

Skin your Chrome Inspector

Darcy Clarke on how you can give the Web Inspector in Chrome a facelift (with example stylesheet). …

August 16, 2011

Transitions and Animations on CSS Generated Content

Generated content means pseudo elements added to the page via the ::before and ::after. The support for applying transitions or animations to these in the current browser landscape is not great. I think this is a huge bummer, so …

August 16, 201125 comments

Flip flop navigation with box-flex

Jeremy Keith shows us how to put the navigation on the bottom of the page in a vertical layout for small screens and the top of the page in a horizontal layout for large screens by fiddling with the the …

August 15, 2011

‘space’ and ’round’ values

Louis Lazaris shows us how space and round give us some more possibilities with how repeating backgrounds are dealt with in CSS3.…

August 15, 2011

Persistent Headers

This is some code to get the header of some content area to stay visible at the top of the screen as you scroll through that content. Then go away when you've scrolled past that relevant section.


Header... persisting.

Couple …

August 14, 201154 comments

Design v9

Fun fun fun, the new site design is live!
August 10, 20110 comments

The details and summary elements

Tom Leadbetter from HTML5 doctor shows us all about the summary and details element. I think this will be a particularly useful pair of elements, especially as browser support grows, with its baked in hide/show functionality.…

August 9, 2011

Making Video Fluid Width

Me:

In a world of responsive and fluid layouts on the web one media type stands in the way of perfect harmony: video.

I wrote an article for Net Magazine where I tackle making video (from any source) work in …

August 9, 2011

Indeterminate Checkboxes

While checkboxes can only either submit their value (checked state) or not (unchecked state), they have a third visual-only state: indeterminate. This is only settable via JavaScript and does not affect the value, only the appearance. We'll cover how it works and a simple use case.
August 8, 201148 comments

New Poll: Site Title Structure

The new poll is up in the sidebar of the site. This time it's about the structure of page titles. Literally, the <title> tag in the head of a site that gives the browser window/tab its title. I'm just asking …

August 5, 201149 comments

Prefixr

Jeffrey Way has created an app which looks through your CSS and adds all the missing CSS3 vendor prefixes. It's smart enough to do it right no matter which ones you've added or forgotten. Cooler, it has an API which …

August 4, 2011

What Makes For a Semantic Class Name?

Semantics in HTML is always a hot topic. Some people strive for it at all times. Some people critisize a dogmatic adherence to it. Some people don't know what the heck it is.

I'd describe semantics as it relates to …

August 4, 2011109 comments

The Future of CSS Layouts

Peter Gasston shows us: columns, flexbox, grid, template, positioned floats, exclusions, and regions. This stuff is going to be a big deal in a couple of years and it will be very interesting to see which of these get popular …

August 3, 2011

Poll Results: Large file on major CDN or small file local

I quite enjoyed this poll because the results were so neck and neck. It was only in the last week or so that a clear winner has emerged.

Like all polls ever run in the history of this website, there …

July 31, 201117 comments

Seriously, Just Make a JSFiddle

Has anyone ever asked you for help troubleshooting some combination of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and they copy and paste the entirety of all the files into an email or forum post? It's super common, and so consider this an …

July 28, 201167 comments

Chosen

Super hot jQuery and Prototype plugin by the Harvest team that seriously improves the UI of <select> elements. …

July 27, 2011

Examples of Sites where localStorage should or is being used

localStorage is a new JavaScript API in HTML5 that allows us to save data in key/value pairs in a user's browser. It's a little bit like cookies except:

  • Cookies expire and get cleared a lot, localStorage is forever (until
July 27, 201133 comments

CSSFrag

Shaun Inman with a Safari extension (and Firefox port) that impliments the (not real) fragment identifiers proposal. Essentially: same-page document links that don't need the ID/hash-tag thing. Alternatively, you target with a CSS selector:

http://example.com/lorem.html#css(.content:nth-child(2))

July 25, 2011

3D Cube with One Element

Pseudo elements make the two other sides needed (you can only see three sides of a cube at once). I Love the idea of making shapes without loads of extra divs (obviously) and extra love the idea of …

July 25, 2011

Seamless Responsive Photo Grid

Let's say you have a bunch of images you want to display, and the goal is to get them edge-to-edge on the browser window with no gaps. Just because you think that would be cool. They are of all different …

July 24, 201157 comments

Web IQ Quiz

Pretty fun, well designed, interesting quiz. You gotta cough up an email and stuff to play any of the quizzes beyond the first one so you might get some random Windows Phone emails or something, but hey it's fun.…

July 20, 2011

Classy Text Shadows

Tim Brown from Typekit shares some pretty classy CSS text shadows and drops some painter's terminology.

The Typekit blog exemplifies an idea I've been telling any company I've been involved with for years and years. Publish lots of interesting articles …

July 19, 2011

Everything About Radial Gradients

John Allsopp with a comprehensive article and updated tool for creating them. Funny how the vast majority of radial gradient examples are super in-your-face eye-seizure colors. I think it's because the "real world" uses for them are few. Subtle lighting …

July 19, 2011

Little CSS Stuff Newcomers Get Confused About

Nobody was born understanding CSS. We all struggled our way through the confusion. Good times, good times. Let's think back on those confusing moments, that are probably confusing people as we speak. I'll list some that I remember and you list yours.
July 18, 2011119 comments

Convert a Menu to a Dropdown for Small Screens

Create a menu that, on smaller screens, changes into a dropdown menu. A dropdown takes up much less screen real estate and can be easier to use. This tutorial shows you how and discusses the ups and downs.
July 15, 201162 comments

Identity at Mozilla

New project from Mozilla team to tackle the long-standing issue of single-signon (not needing a unique login/pass for every single app in the world). I love it when apps have "Sign in with Twitter", but I'm not sure Twitter should …

July 15, 2011

The Actual Browser Problems with Unquoted Attributes

There are rules when it comes to leaving your attribute values unquoted in HTML. Then there are the actual problems that are caused by breaking them. Then there are problems that can happen outside of those rules. Yeah it's kinda complicated but I've tried to document it here.
July 14, 201128 comments

IE 8 Thinks All Table Cells Have a Colspan

IE 8 (only) thinks that all table cells have a colspan attribute, whether they do or not. So if you are looking to style table cells uniquely that have that attribute, it's a bit tough.
July 12, 201133 comments

New Poll: Large file on CDN or small file local?

The new poll is up (in the sidebar on the actual site, RSS folks) and it reads:

Would you rather host a 200k file on a major CDN or a 20k file self-hosted?

This requires a little explanation. Let's say …

July 10, 2011128 comments

Progress Element in Firefox

The <progress> element has landed in the Firefox nighties, one of the new HTML5 forms related elements. Of particular note is that they exposed the ability to style it via pseudo elements right away. Mounir Lamouri fills us in:

... …

July 7, 2011

Poll Results: Where Do You Work From?

Nearly a third of CSS-Tricks readers work from home! Isn't that crazy? Well I was surprised, anyway. I know working from home is becoming more and more prevalent at companies. I bet a bunch of you are the freelancer types …

July 7, 201123 comments

Mobile WebKit Overflow Scrolling

Two of the CSS properties most lamented by mobile website developers is fixed positioning and scrolling overflow. These are absent for a reason. Poorly implemented, they might single-handedly render a website unusable on a small screen. (Imagine a giant fixed …

July 6, 2011

Quick Thoughts on RSS Advertising Effectiveness

I've recently been trying RSS advertising here on CSS-Tricks through BuySellAds. Three or four advertisers have tried it and none have stuck around. Not a total loss from my perspective, but certainly not great.

One such advertiser was ShopHTML

July 6, 201121 comments

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