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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

srcset in Chrome

It's worth noting that the srcset attribute for the img element has landed in Chromium (Chrome will get it in 34, Opera 21). Their example: <img alt="A rad wolf." src="pic1x.jpg" srcset="pic1x.jpg 1x, pic2x.jpg 2x, pic4x.jpg 4x"> And:

Stay tuned for …

March 3, 2014

CSS Gradients

This article was originally published on March 2, 2010. It was updated April 1, 2011, July 20, 2011, and again March 3, 2014, each time to clarify and correct browser prefixes and best practices.

Just as you can declare the …

March 3, 2014111 comments

Basics of CSS Blend Modes

Bennett Feely has been doing a good job of showing people the glory of CSS blend modes. There are lots of designerly effects that we're used to seeing in static designs (thanks to Photoshop) that we don't see on …

February 28, 201422 comments

Responsive Strategy

Responsive design is a pretty well defined strategy, but how you come at it can vary quite a bit. Brad Frost covers the angles. …

February 27, 2014

Confused About REM and EM?

Jeremy Church:

While em is relative to the font-size of its direct or nearest parent, rem is only relative to the html (root) font-size.

Jeremy tends to favor em, because of the ability to control an area of a …

February 27, 2014

Float Labels with CSS

You've probably seen this pattern going around. It's an input that appears as if it has placeholder text in it, but when you click/tap into that input, that text moves out of the way and allows you to type there. …

February 24, 201458 comments

Stackicons: Doing More with Icon Fonts

The following is a guest post by by Parker Bennett. While icon fonts are efficient and easy to use and scaleable and all that, one of the classic "strikes" against them is that the icon can only be one

February 20, 201435 comments

How SVG Line Animation Works

I bet all of you have seen that little trick where an SVG path is animated to look like it's drawing itself. It's super cool. Jake Archibald pioneered the technique and has a super good interactive blog post on how …

February 18, 201437 comments

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVI

It's been too long since I've done a Chronicle. I'm going to try and get in the habit again.


It's been a pretty rough winter here in Wisconsin. Relentlessly cold and plenty of snow. It's been my first winter …

February 18, 20143 comments

Posting Code Blocks on a WordPress Site

So you've installed WordPress and want to blog about code. Yay! You're a hero and I thank on behalf of myself an coders everywhere. Here's what you'll need to do and think about to actually get publishing blocks of code.…

February 17, 201430 comments

Multiple Simultaneous Ajax Requests (with one callback) in jQuery

Let's say there is a feature on your website that only gets used 5% of the time. That feature requires some HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to work. So you decide that instead of having that HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on …

February 13, 201442 comments

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