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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

Pseudo Spriting

CSS sprites are almost always the way to go when it comes to applying background images with CSS efficiently. One hurdle you may come across is when you want to apply an image that's a part of a sprite to an element with an unknown height and width. We can hurdle that hurdle with CSS pseudo elements.
July 5, 201137 comments

The Fourth Fourth

It's CSS-Tricks fourth birthday. Yay! Time for the traditional mid-year mini state of the site.
July 4, 201139 comments

One Page Apps I Actually Use

There is a zillion one-page apps focused on making some little aspect of front end development easier. I think they are great. They exemplify the wonderful culture of sharing and ingenuity that our industry is known for. Each of us …

June 29, 2011117 comments

Techniques for Context Specific Images

One of the shortfalls of using CSS media queries as the only ingredient of a mobile solution is that the same content gets served to both desktop browsers and mobile devices (which theoretically are slower and have less network speed).…

June 28, 201137 comments

Learning Canvas: Making a Snake Game

In this tutorial we'll learn the basics of the canvas element. How to draw to it, create loops which redraw it allowing animation, and in the end, wind up with a basic playable "Snake" game.
June 23, 201133 comments

Sprite Cow

Making a really good CSS sprite image usually isn't trivial work. There are all kinds of tools to help with it. My favorite of them has been SpriteMe. I describe my typical workflow for using that here. Sprite …

June 21, 2011

WebKit CSS Reflections

Tons of examples and information from Joshua Johnson.…

June 19, 2011

Screen Resolution ≠ Browser Window

The only statistic you get in most web analytics software is screen resolution. But there is a pretty good chance you just read this sentence in a browser that isn't open to the full size of your monitor. If you are looking at size analytics for you website, browser size is far more relevant. In this article we figure out how to get that data, and then look at some of the results gathered from css-tricks.com.
June 17, 201159 comments

Dropp

My buddies at Sense Labs just released a really cool iPhone app called Dropp. Allows you to leave location-based messages anywhere on Earth that people receive when they visit that location. Leave them privately for your friends, or publicly. Such …

June 16, 2011

Useful :nth-child Recipes

I get a little giddy when I come across perfect uses for :nth-child or :nth-of-type (read about the difference). The better you understand them, the more css nerdgasms you get to have!
June 16, 201138 comments

CSS Lint

New tool by Nicholas Zakas and Nicole Sullivan to analyze your CSS and tell you that you are doing a bad job. It's an amazing tool to help you understand how to write better CSS. To nitpick, I'd say that …

June 15, 2011

Just One Of Those Things You Need To Understand About JavaScript

Ever since I've published the article Dynamic Page / Replacing Content, I've gotten quite a few emails that come in from people who are trying to use it in conjunction with some other JavaScript stuff and having trouble. Most …

June 15, 201127 comments

The Stats That Matter: Your Site’s Stats

Just because I thought it was interesting, I shared this on Twitter this morning:

95% of traffic to CSS-Tricks has a screen resolution of larger than 1024x768.

And I got all kinds of responses like: That's such a skewed statistic!!!

June 14, 201135 comments

New at Wufoo

Couple of things I wanted to share from Wufoo land.

Developers: We've released the Wufoo Form Embed Kit, which is a way you can build form embedding integration with other apps easily. As in, you don't have to …

June 14, 20114 comments

A Whole Bunch of Amazing Stuff Pseudo Elements Can Do

It's pretty amazing what you can do with the pseudo elements :before and :after. For every element on the page, you get two more free ones that you can do just about anything another HTML element could do. They unlock a whole lot of interesting design possibilities without negatively affecting the semantics of your markup. Here's a whole bunch of those amazing things. A roundup, if you will.
June 13, 201156 comments

Art and the Web

My buddy Nick Pettit is writing a book called Art and the Web which is going to cover the fundamentals of art (well some of the big ones anyway: Line, Shape, and Form) and how they relate to the web. …

June 8, 2011

Fluid Width YouTube Videos

YouTube now gives you iframe code for embedding videos hosted there onto your own page. This article offers a jQuery JavaScript based solution for making them work in fluid width environments, which they inherently do not.
June 8, 201156 comments

Color Animate Any Shape with a Knockout PNG

Using a graphic where the solid parts match the background of a site and the transparent parts make the shape, we can let a background color bleed through. This allows us to set that color through CSS, and do any fancy thing CSS can do, like say animate that color.
June 7, 201123 comments

Online Conference: CSS Summit

Tuesday/Wednesday July 26/27, 2011 is the CSS Summit, an online conference all about CSS. I'll be talking the second day. Super hot lineup! Use the code 20COYIER to save 20% on any type of ticket.…

June 7, 2011

Recent Bits

I was out last week getting my bluegrass festival thing on. I'm just catching up with the ol' internet and thought I'd recap the interesting bits:

  • Modernizr 2 is out and it has new stuff like vendor prefix testing, media
June 6, 201115 comments

In IE, iFrames on Pages in Quirks Mode Also in Quirks Mode

Just wanted to make sure that this was documented. Here's what I think the most important lesson is:

If you are creating a page using HTML5 and you think there is some reasonable chance that someone may embed this page

May 26, 201134 comments

Styling List Markers

Have you ever tried to style the numbers in an ordered list? You end up doing dumb stuff like wrapping the insides in spans, styling the list items, then removing that styling with the span. Or using background images in …

May 25, 2011

Creating a Body Border

A border that goes all the way around the browser window and stays there when you scroll. In this article we cover a few different techniques to get it done, from the deepest browser support to the most progressive.
May 25, 201182 comments

Animated 3D Objects Without SVG or Canvas

One of the ways you can make a triangle with CSS is by using a 45-degree angle gradient on an element that goes from from colored to transparent with an hard split at the half-way point. Then you can use …

May 24, 2011

Choice & Value Pair

Let's say in a form you need to allow the user to select a single unique choice. That's the territory of either a select dropdown menu or a group of radio buttons. Now let's say there is direct follow-up question …

May 24, 201123 comments

When Using !important is The Right Choice

Using !important rules can be a dangerous road to start going down, but they exist for a reason. There are some good use cases which we'll cover here.
May 22, 201155 comments

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