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Glitch Effect on Text / Images / SVG

Lucas Bebber's Glitch is a super cool effect. It's like you're looking at some text displayed on a progressive scan monitor that has been dropped on the ground one too many times and so the alignment of the pixels is …

September 8, 201440 comments

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September 4, 2014

New Poll: What one specific skill set are you most jealous of?

Rather than ask you what you are already good at, I thought it would be interesting to ask you what do you wish you were good at.

I just picked ten skill sets that all have to do with the …

September 3, 201489 comments

Centering in CSS: A Complete Guide

Centering things in CSS is the poster child of CSS complaining. Why does it have to be so hard? They jeer. I think the issue isn't that it's difficult to do, but in that there so many different ways of …

September 2, 201459 comments

Advantages to Native CSS Variables

I tend to think variables are best left to a preprocessing step, but there are some distinct things that having them directly in CSS can do:

  1. Daniel Imms:

    [they] can change at runtime, allowing the implementation of things like theming

September 1, 2014

Poll Results for “How much do you value your keyboard typing skills?”

Nearly 22,000 CSS-Tricks visitors voted in this one. A majority (72%) voted that they can type well. Only very few (6%) said they had limited typing ability. The rest in the "OK" range. The voting was broken up in a …

August 29, 201421 comments

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August 28, 2014

Design For Community, 13 Years Later

I had heard several people say Design for Community by Derek Powazek is a great book and was published well "before it's time." As someone who works on several sites that I very much think of as community sites, I …

August 27, 20147 comments

What do you do when your design pattern breaks down?

Say you have a module. Every site has modules, right? What do we do when the standard styles for module don't work in a particular situation and we need to alter them?
August 22, 201454 comments

Sponsored: An RSS Reader for Developers

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August 21, 2014

CSS Guidelines

High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS

Feels like a nice culmination of Harry Roberts work the last several years.…

August 20, 2014

Starting CSS Animations Mid-Way

Say you have a @keyframe animation that animates an element all the way across the screen. From off the left edge to off the right edge. You apply it to multiple elements. But you don't want all the elements to …

August 19, 201415 comments

Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need?

The following is a guest post by Philippe Bernard. Philippe has done research on what it takes to make a favicon (and all the related graphics and markup) such that you are covered with the best quality output everywhere. Spoiler

August 18, 201490 comments

Effortless Style

Some clever stuff in here regarding styling content that is just regular HTML (perhaps as produced from Markdown). No classes or attributes of any kind, no extra HTML, no JavaScript, no nothin'. Content like that is 1) easier for anyone …

August 16, 2014

How To Add Page Transitions with CSS and smoothState.js

The following is a guest post by Miguel Ángel Pérez. Miguel has been working at Weblinc on ways to transition pages on websites more gracefully. On single-page applications, we have more opportunity for this since we aren't fighting the

August 15, 201434 comments

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Creative Market sells loads of design resources. From high quality stock photography and vector art, to print design and web templates, to really fancy stuff like Photoshop actions for getting awesome effects easily.

Once in a while, they put together …

August 14, 2014

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVIII

Lots of stuff happening lately and far too long since I've done a Chronicle! Where I've been, where I'm going, things I've done, things I'm doing, etc.


I'm fresh back from a week trip to Iceland. It was the …

August 13, 20143 comments

Swapping Out SVG Icons

Let's say you're using inline SVG and want to change the SVG icon that is displayed in an element on state change, like changing a class or on :hover/:focus. There are a number of ways you can approach that.

Technique…
August 12, 20149 comments

Pure CSS parallax scrolling websites

Keith Clark explains the core concept behind parallax scrolling (e.g. different elements scroll at different rates) with just CSS. It's a devilishly clever (yet simple) combination of 3D transforms to push the element "away" from the screen, affecting it's scroll …

August 11, 2014

Beginner Concepts: How CSS Selectors Work

Are you new to CSS? This article is for you! Perhaps the biggest key to understanding CSS is understanding selectors. Selectors are what allows you to target specific HTML elements and apply style to them. Let's not think about style …

August 9, 201430 comments

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August 7, 2014

Clever Uses for Step Easing

The following is a guest post by Julian Shapiro. Julian has been working on Velocity.js recently, which he has written about here on CSS-Tricks before. Julian lives in a world of animation, so it's no surprise he's collected together

August 5, 201422 comments

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July 31, 2014

CodePen’s CSS

Inspired by Mark Otto's tour of GitHub's CSS and Ian Feather's tour of Lonely Planet's CSS, I thought I would join the party and talk about how we do CSS at CodePen.…

July 30, 2014

JavaScript Event Madness! Capturing *all* events without interference

The following is a guest post by Matthias Christen and Florian Müller from Ghostlab. Ghostlab is cross-browser cross-device testing software for Mac and PC. One of the things I'm very impressed Ghostlab can do is sync the events from

July 28, 201415 comments

CSS Triggers

When you change a CSS properties value, the browser needs to react to your change. Some values change the layout of the page. For instance, a change in width requires the browser to update layout, then "paint" any pixels that …

July 28, 2014

RWD Bloat

Dave Rupert does an in-depth analysis of his own responsive site to figure out where he's at, identify places to improve, and evaluate the idea going around that responsive design is at fault for bloated websites.

Says Dave:

Expect RWD …

July 26, 2014

GitHub’s CSS

Mark Otto takes us on a tour of the CSS of GitHub.com. So great to read a straight-talking bit like this, warts and all.

This is 90% the same as we do things at CodePen. One major difference is that …

July 25, 2014

Guide to Responsive-Friendly CSS Columns

The following is a guest post by Katy Decorah (edited by Jason Morris). Katy was researching CSS columns and how they can work responsively, as there wasn't much information she could find out there on the subject. So, like

July 25, 201427 comments

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The following is a guest post by Tobias Günther. Together with his team, Tobias creates Tower, a Git client for Mac. I personally use it every day. Just this week, they released version 2 of Tower, which I was

July 24, 201415 comments

Responsive Images: Use Cases and Documented Code Snippets to Get You Started

Andreas Bovens put together this epic recipe list for <picture> / <img srcset>. There are four scenarios:

  • Do my image sizes change depending on my responsive design rules?
  • Do I want to optimize for high-dpi screens?
  • Do I
July 23, 2014

3.14 things I didn’t know about CSS

Mathias Bynens is the master of finding, investigating, and playing with quirky (yet often valid) bits of CSS and HTML.…

July 23, 2014

A Compendium of SVG Information

A huge pile of information about SVG.

How to Use SVG

These are overview articles covering lots of stuff relating to SVG. Why to use it and the basics of how to use it. Mostly: <img>, background-image, <svg>

July 22, 201415 comments

Hacks for dealing with specificity

The overall point here by Harry Roberts is to keep the specificity on your selectors as low as you can. The end result of that effort is:

  1. More reusable styles.
  2. When you need to override that style, you have opportunities
July 21, 2014

Inheriting box-sizing Probably Slightly Better Best-Practice

I'm a big fan of resetting box-sizing to border-box, so much that we have a special day of the year around here. But there is a little adjustment to setting it that seems like a pretty good idea.

Here's the …

July 15, 201456 comments

Authoring Critical Above-the-Fold CSS

The following is a guest post by Ben Edwards. I saw Ben tweet about a simple Sass @mixin that allowed you designate bits of CSS as being "critical" - the idea being to load that critical CSS first and

July 14, 201474 comments

CSS Colorguard

Clever work by Alex Sexton to analyze CSS and find colors that are so close to each other they should probably be combined. You know, for efficiency and consistency. …

July 9, 2014

Finding/Fixing Unintended Body Overflow

Ughck, accidental horizontal scrollbar, amiright?

That can be a pain, but you can usually find the offending element by surfing around the ol' DevTools and selecting elements until you find something that extends too far over to to the right …

July 9, 201425 comments

A Sprinkling of PHP: Server-Side Techniques to Help with Front End Tasks

The following is a guest post by Zachary Brady. Zachary is about to take us on a beginner's journey using PHP to do some things that us front end developers sometimes need to do. To me, this kind of

July 8, 201451 comments

The Seventh Fourth

Crazy to think CSS-Tricks is seven years old. It's true! It's a tradition [(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)] to mark the occasion.

I'm not feeling as self-reflective as I normally am this year for some reason. I …

July 4, 201430 comments

Fixed Table Layouts

There is a CSS property for tables that, it seems to me, is well-supported, little known, and super useful. It changes the way that tables are rendered such that it gives you a sturdier, more predictable layout.

It is this:…

July 2, 201430 comments

simpl.info

Simplest possible examples of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

by Sam Dutton.…

July 2, 2014

The `time` Element

The following is a guest post by Ty Strong. Ty noticed a curious lack of information on the <time> element here on CSS-Tricks and I agreed. Can't let that happen! Take it away Ty.

The <time> element in HTML …

June 30, 201436 comments

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June 25, 2014

Web Technologies Hanging Out Together

As a beginner, understanding how the different languages you learn interact with each other can be confusing. I thought we could pair up a variety of languages to see where they intersect and communicate.

HTML and CSS

You need HTML …

June 24, 201434 comments

rebeccapurple = #663399

... it is suggested to add the named color 'rebeccapurple', for value #663399, to CSS Color Level 4. This is a tribute to Eric Meyer's daughter who recently passed away and a mark of support from all the Web community …

June 21, 2014

Prefilling Forms with a Custom Bookmarklet

The following is a guest post by Adam Lichtenstein. Adam works at Wufoo, a web app for building web forms, so you can imagine the need for testing forms is at least double what the rest of us

June 19, 201415 comments

Use Cases and Requirements for Element Queries

This is a perfect example of making a case for new language features. Not just a vague "element queries! that would be awesome!" but laying out a real-world scenario, what we have to do to achieve it now, and why …

June 17, 2014

Async Attribute and Scripts At The Bottom

A reader recently wrote in and (essentially) asked me:

Is there any reason to use the async attribute when the script is already at the bottom of the page?

I'm not a master at this stuff, but this is how …

June 16, 201422 comments

About That Small Business Website Of Yours

Here's a (lightly edited) real email exchange I just had with someone in my family. I thought it would be worth sharing.

Hi Chris,

I understand that you have been talking with [another family member] about our website. I expressed …

June 12, 201462 comments

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