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Ideas Behind Responsive Emails

Say you've designed an HTML email with 3 columns. Because of limited and weird CSS support in email clients, email design is done with tables. That 3 column design looks great on large-ish screens, but it squishes awkwardly on …

May 25, 201430 comments

Script-injected “async scripts” considered harmful

Async is still cool (<script async src="script.js">), but the one where you create a script element with a src and inject it isn't anymore. There are a few gotcha's though, so make sure to read Ilya's whole article. …

May 23, 2014

SVG `use` with External Source

Inline SVG is an awesome way to use SVG because, among other reasons, the individual shapes that make up the graphic can be scripted and styled. The shapes are right in the DOM. But does that mean we have to …

May 23, 201436 comments

The Dangers of Stopping Event Propagation

The following is a guest post by Philip Walton (@philwalton). He is going to explain why stopping event propagation isn't something you should do lightly, and probably something you should avoid altogether.

If you're a front end developer, …

May 20, 201423 comments

Updated Flexbox Guide

Worth mentioning here: I updated the Complete Guide to Flexbox here on the site that Hugo Giraudel originally helped me with. The idea was to have the complete set of information there, but quickly get to the references to the …

May 14, 2014

jQuery with CoffeeScript

I don't always write CoffeeScript, but when I do, I'm probably using jQuery too; I always forget the syntax for stuff. So I'm going to write it all down here so I can reference it until I memorize it.

Note …

May 13, 201430 comments

Tips for Creating Accessible SVG

Léonie Watson with a much-needed reference on how to do a good job with SVG accessibility. A couple of takeaways: 1) Use it, the sharp clarity of SVG is good for low vision folks. 2) Inline SVG offers better accessibility …

May 12, 2014

Winner Winner

Super group hug and jumping high fives for everyone. I was honored to accept the Outstanding Contribution award for The Net Awards this year. The entire internet got to vote in the first round, then a select group of peers …

May 10, 201419 comments

oEmbed Bring Embedded Pens All Over

oEmbed is a neat little technology that allows for rich content to be embedded into other content very easily. You paste a link to the "thing" and, when published, that link magically transforms into something much more useful than a …

May 9, 20142 comments

Reading Position Indicator

The following is a guest post by Pankaj Parashar. Pankaj has written here before, last time about the progress element. I'm happy to have Pankaj back, this time to tackle the idea of showing reading progress (or really,

May 7, 201428 comments

Links with Inline SVG, Staying on Target with Events

It's pretty common to use SVG within an anchor link or otherwise "click/tappable thing" on a web page. It's also increasingly common that the SVG is inline <svg>, because it's often nice having the SVG in the DOM since …

May 5, 201426 comments

Programming Sucks

Too many great quotes in this essay by Peter Welch . I'll just pick this one:

Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the …

April 30, 2014

Improving UI Animation Workflow with Velocity.js

The following is a guest post by Julian Shapiro. Julian recently released Velocity.js, a more performant jQuery replacement for .animate(). He recently wrote about how JavaScript animations can be so fast over on David Walsh's blog, a topic

April 30, 201432 comments

CSS Shapes 101

A how-to with a bunch of classy examples by Sara Soueidan.…

April 29, 2014

Dealing with Content Images in Email

Let's say you're using an RSS-to-Email service. They're pretty useful. Plenty of people like subscribing to content via email. You have a CMS that generates RSS from the content you create. An RSS-to-Email service can watch for new entries, format …

April 29, 201411 comments

Incomplete List of Mistakes in the Design of CSS

Interesting to see what the CSS sausagemakers consider failures of CSS.

I think the box-sizing choice has probably caused the most confusion and extra code over the years. Thankfully it's fixable. …

April 28, 2014

Picturefill 2

This is important because:

  1. Picturefill was a great solution already, and this brings it into the future encouraging the use of the future proper syntax.
  2. You not only can use <picture> but <img srcset> too, which is a close cousin
April 22, 2014

Inline SVG vs Icon Fonts [CAGEMATCH]

If you're building an icon system for a site, you have some options. If you know the icons need to be raster images, then you'll likely be using CSS sprites. If the icons will be vector images (much more …

April 22, 201491 comments

Handling z-index

Managing z-index across large sites can be a pain in the butt. CSS is hard to test, so it's notoriously easy to make a change that ends up, for instance, hiding some important UI under who-knows-where.

If you use …

April 21, 201450 comments

12 Little-Known CSS Facts

Sometimes these types of articles are cheezy and filled with fairly obvious stuff, but not when Louis Lazaris does them. All of these are pretty non-obvious. …

April 18, 2014

Improve the payment experience with animations

Nice stuff by Michaël Villar. Tasteful, subtle, informative animations is a trend I can be behind.

Reminds me of the nice stuff Val Head has been teaching, Hakim El Hattab's experiments, Codrops examples, Pasquale D’Silva's thinking, …

April 18, 2014

Animating SVG with CSS

There isn't just one way to animate SVG. There is the <animate> tag that goes right into the SVG code. There are libraries that help with it like Snap.svg or SVG.js. We're going to look at another way: using …

April 17, 201434 comments

How to Deal with Merge Conflicts in Git

The following is a guest post by by Tobias Günther. Tobias works for Tower, the Git client for Mac and authored the new (free) book Learn Version Control with Git - A step-by-step guide for the complete beginner.

April 16, 201418 comments

Features Are Complicated

Why can't I edit my tweets?! Twitter should allow that.

It's so simple right? CRUD apps (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) are app-building 101! What a gross oversight. But wait. Just as a fun nerdy little exercise, let's think about

April 14, 201422 comments

The decline of the mobile web

Chris Dixon:

Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing.

John Gruber:

We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think …

April 10, 2014

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVII

The events of the day are expounded upon in grave detail.
April 10, 201410 comments

Font Size Idea: px at the Root, rem for Components, em for Text Elements

Me, for the last year or so: "rem's are so cool! I'm gonna size everything with them, that way I can adjust the font-size on the root element and everything will scale with it!" It was a nice …

April 8, 201475 comments

Frosting Glass with CSS Filters

The following is a guest post by Bear Travis, a Web Standards Engineer at Adobe. I'm a fan of how Adobe is pushing the web forward with new design capabilities, and doing it in a responsible way. CSS filters is

April 7, 201443 comments

Stripes in CSS

Stripes are pretty easy to do in CSS these days. CSS gradients via the background-image property really got our back. I thought I'd document some variations in one easy to reference place.

Normal Colored Diagonal Stripes

Diagonal stripes are easy …

April 4, 201416 comments

Hassle Free Responsive Images for WordPress

The following post is guest co-authored by Tim Evko (@tevko). WordPress has a built-in media uploading system. When you upload an image, it automatically creates and saves different versions of it. Tim will show us how we can

April 3, 201442 comments

ShopTalk Special: One on One With a Hacker

This is worth linking up directly from here, as it's this very site the hacker was targeting. And then later, me.…

April 3, 2014

Spring-cleaning Unused CSS

Addy Osmani intros a Grunt task for removing unused CSS from your stylesheet before serving it.

While this is certainly a worthy goal, I look at the quotes from people who reduced their stylesheets by 3/4 or more and I'm …

March 28, 2014

Rotated Table Column Headers

Say you have a table header (i.e. <th>) of "Number of Howler Monkey Species by Country" and the data in the corresponding <td> is like "3". That's an awkward mismatch of width.


Awkward

Perhaps not a huge problem for …

March 27, 201420 comments

Hatin’ on Web Tech

This article "Shadow DOM" by Steven Wittens is only vaguely about the Shadow DOM. It's mostly about how awful everything is. HTML sucks, CSS sucks, the DOM sucks, SVG sucks, MathML sucks... I don't want to pick on Steven. He …

March 26, 201439 comments

CDNify Podcast

I joined Jamie Ashbrook and Ben Briggs to talk about SVG and tooling and whatnot. …

March 26, 2014

SVG & WordPress Custom Fields

The following is a guest post by Ian Marquette. Ian learned that SVG can have a <text> element, meaning that text could come from a dynamic source while still being able to do cool custom SVG-specific stuff to it.

March 24, 201415 comments

The Web Ahead

I chatted with Jen Simmons about flexbox and the general future of the web.…

March 21, 2014

New Poll: Sharing Buttons

Throughout the life of this site, I've flipflopped (nope, yep) on whether or not I show social sharing buttons on articles. As anything, there are arguments in either direction. We can cover that briefly, but I also …

March 21, 201458 comments

Crafting link underlines on Medium

Quite the in-depth exploration of underlined text on the web by Marcin Wichary.

In the end, linear-gradient won the day with the most control, best look, and best performance. Some people have been playing with it on CodePen. …

March 20, 2014

Poll Results: Command Line Usage

About 22,000 CSS-Tricks visitors voted in the last poll about command line usage, which asked:

On average, how many commands do you run from the command line each work day?

The result: there is a lot of people at all …

March 20, 201424 comments

Design v11

I redesigned this site a smidge. It's not a huge re-thinking or as big of an undertaking as v10 was, but it's different enough I'm going to call it v11.

Some of it looks like this:

Less

Gone is the …

March 18, 201484 comments

My Advice to Young Designers and Developers

Andy Budd:

Should they continue their studies or jump straight into the labour market? I usually tell them that ability trumps education and I don’t put much faith on the current raft of tech degrees. So I’d prefer to see …

March 18, 2014

On CodeKit 2.0

The following is a guest post by Bryan Jones, the creator of CodeKit. I've been using CodeKit for a couple of years now and I've talked about it plenty. In my opinion it changed the game in front end

March 17, 201469 comments

Fluidity

It's a fun little soundbite to talk about how the web is responsive right out of the box. With no authored CSS at all, a website will flow to whatever screen width is available. If your site isn't responsive, you

March 17, 2014

Icon System with SVG Sprites

I've been a big proponent of icon fonts. Lots of sites really need a system for icons, and icon fonts offer a damn fine system. However, I think assuming you're good with IE 9+, using inline SVG and the …

March 12, 2014106 comments

Popping Out of Hidden Overflow

The following is a guest post by Agop Shirinian. Agop ran into an interesting scenario where he needed an element to be scrollable in one direction, while allowing the overflow in the other direction. You'd think that's what overflow-x

March 11, 201418 comments

Filling the Space in the Last Row with Flexbox

Chris Albrecht posted a question on StackOverflow about grids. Essentially: imagine you have an element with an unknown number of children. Each of those children is some percentage of the width of parent such that they make equal rows, like …

March 10, 201417 comments

Thoughts on Media Queries for Elements

Imagine something like these Transformer Tabs as a widget in a fluid column in a responsive design. Depending on the browser window width, perhaps this design is either 4, 2, or 1 column wide. When it breaks from 4 …

March 4, 2014

Flexbox Bar Navigation Demo

Someone wrote in to me asking how to create a simple bar navigation with icons. This is a pretty simple layout thing that could be accomplished loads of different ways. List items as inline-block probably makes the most sense in …

March 4, 201436 comments

css perf

Mark Otto "derping around with measuring CSS performance". Nothing looks particularly concerning to me, to the point where I would change how I do things. The most surprising numbers were in background vs background-color, but Paul Irish debunks that

March 3, 2014

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