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So You Need To Fill a Dropdown Dynamically

You have one dropdown menu, and depending on the user's choice in that one, a second dropdown gets filled with choices. Let's cover three different ways you can go about that.

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The Markup

For our …

October 29, 201048 comments

Commas Before

Marc Grabanski brought up and interesting idea on Twitter yesterday.

Commas before or after the line on json objects and multi var definitions?

Here are examples of object literals:

// commas before var vampyre = { teeth: 'sharp' , blood:
October 26, 201052 comments

Garage Door Style Menu

Originally published on July 21, 2008 as only a jQuery technique. Now updated to include CSS3 and a combo technique which is mo' betta.

A garage door style menu is where an image (the "door") slides up to reveal something …

October 25, 2010109 comments

Parent Selectors in CSS

Let's be clear here, just in case someone is finding this from a search engine: there are no parent selectors in CSS, not even in CSS3. It is an interesting topic to talk about though, and some fresh talk …

October 21, 201072 comments

Formalize CSS

Framework by Nathan Smith for nice looking, HTML5 ready, progressively enhanced, cross-browser forms.…

October 20, 2010

Fluid Width Equal Height Columns

Equal height columns have been a need of web designers forever. If all the columns share the same background, equal height is irrelevant because you can set that background on a parent element. But if one or more columns need …

October 18, 201041 comments

Make a ‘View Source’ Button

Remy Sharp's cool site for HTML5 demos has a "View Source" button on each of the individual demo pages. Click it, and you see the entire source code for the page you are looking at. It's not a popup or …

October 8, 201045 comments

New Poll: Is Your Degree Related To Your Job?

The full question is:

If you have a degree from college and have a job, is that degree related to your current job?

It's pretty common to hear about folks who have made their way into the web worker world …

October 6, 2010181 comments

Boilerplate CSS3 Media Queries

A collection of media queries from Andy Clarke to get you started building responsive sites. Responsive is the new word for sites that react to the space they have available to restyle their content the best they can in that …

October 5, 2010

Digging Into WordPress v3 – Back in Print

Version three of my book, co-authored by Jeff Starr, has been revised from cover to cover ensuring everything is up to date and featuring a new chapter on WordPress 3. Now the print version is back in limited quantity sporting …

October 5, 2010

Poll Results: Multiple JavaScript Libraries

The question was:

Do you ever use two JavaScript libraries on the same page?

My thinking in creating this poll was around two ideas:

  1. An excuse to educate people that using multiple libraries on the same page is generally a
October 4, 201030 comments

AnythingSlider 1.4

Since the AnythingSlider has been on GitHub, a number of people have pushed the project forward. Big props to ProLoser, Mottie, meancode, betzster, and kalasoft for committing code to make it more feature rich, smarter, and …

October 2, 2010104 comments

WebP Image Format

Google has released a new image compression format called WebP (pronounced "weppy"). It is for photographic style images (like JPG) and also lossy (like JPG). Their example gallery has side by side comparisons where the WebP version is equal to …

October 1, 2010

Drawing Table

I made a thing, in which you can use your mouse cursor to draw on a grid with different colors. You can then copy-and-paste the HTML from the design you made.


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Features
  • Clearing the current
September 30, 201040 comments

10 Mouthwatering Tips on Can Achieve Mega Blogging Success!!

That's what I titled a quick presentation I put together for this past Barcamp Tampa Bay. I thought I'd publish the slides here.

I'll also summarize:

  • Never title things like that. It's sensationalist, poor English, and doesn't say much
September 29, 201026 comments

UI Pattern Ideas: List with Functions

Last week I asked people to participate in a group design project on a specific design pattern: a list with functions. The premise was:

The design pattern we are going to tackle is a list with functions. Think of a …

September 27, 201034 comments

Promote JS

Finding correct, current, and well written documentation on JavaScript can sometimes be rather difficult. The web has a lot of misinformation on it (can you believe it?!). This is an attempt to get Mozilla's high quality documentation at the top …

September 27, 2010

Dealing with Content Scrapers

Jeff Starr's response to my article on doing nothing about content scrapers. Among other ideas:

Sprinkling a few internal links throughout your posts benefits you in some fantastic ways: Provides links back to your site from stolen/scraped content, helps your …

September 27, 2010

What to do when you find a site scraping your content

Nothing.

Longer Version

I know it feels frustrating. Yes, they are lowlife bastards. If you launch an all out fight against them to get it taken down, you might win. You'll also leave that fight angry and bruised. Instead, you

September 23, 201070 comments

Vendor Prefix Equivalents

Ever wonder what the Gecko equivalent to WebKit's -webkit-transition-timing-function is? This chart has got you covered. But more importantly, if the other rendering engines have those properties implemented at all.…

September 23, 2010

jQuery Summit

I'm speaking at the jQuery Summit, the 2nd Annual Online, Live jQuery Conference November 16 & 17th, 2010.

If you are interested, use coupon code JQUERY2CHRIS for 20% off!…

September 22, 2010

ProCSSor

The prettiest of the CSS prettifiers. I find these things quite helpful when I'm inheriting someone else's CSS and I want to get it into the format that I like the most without doing it by hand. Actually, I usually …

September 22, 2010

WebKit Native Asynchronous Script Loading

WebKit nightlies are now supporting this. The syntax looks like this:

<script async src="myAsyncScript.js" onload="myInit()"></script> <script defer src="myDeferScript.js" onload="myInit()"></script>

Both async and defer scripts begin to download immediately without pausing the parser and both support an optional onload handler to …

September 22, 2010

Blockquote Bulge

In HTML, a block of text being quoted from elsewhere is marked up like this:

<blockquote>Hey, I'm a block of text from elsewhere.</blockquote>

In your CSS, you'll likely have special styling for these. Perhaps a bit of a background and …

September 22, 201040 comments

Group Design Project: List with Functions

Hey folks, let's design something together! I think it will be interesting and fun to try and tackle a simple design pattern as a group.

The Premise

The design pattern we are going to tackle is a list with functions

September 20, 2010248 comments

Transparent Borders with background-clip

Have you ever seen an element on a page with transparent borders? I think Facebook originally popularized it giving birth to lightbox plugins like Facebox. I don't think Facebook sports the look anymore, but it's still rather neat.

You …

September 17, 201059 comments

Tuts+ Marketplace

You already know that Envato runs marketplace sites like ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, and CodeCanyon that help designers and developers get a jumpstart on projects through buying themes, graphics, and code to help out. You also already know that Envato runs tutorial …

September 16, 201032 comments

HTML5 Pack for Illustrator CS5

Via Real World Illustrator:

You can designate certain attributes (i.e., fill, stroke, opacity) as variables right from the Appearance panel in Illustrator. When saved as SVG, developers can easily change the variable definition to "reskin" or modify the art…

September 13, 2010

Need a Font Identified?

Stephen Coles of Typographica has a new Twitter account:

Rapid, human, independent type research. Send an image, get the font name and link. Alternatives too.

WhatTheFont! is cool, but you can't beat professional human identification. Like the story of John …

September 13, 2010

Adding Stroke to Web Text

Fonts on the web are essentially vector based graphics. That's why you can display them at 12px or 120px and they remain crisp and relatively sharp-edged. Vector means that their shape is determined by points and mathematics to describe the …

September 12, 201038 comments

Box Sizing

The "box model" in CSS works like this:

width + padding + border = actual visible/rendered width of box
height + padding + border = actual visible/rendered height of box

It's a little weird, but you get used to it. …

September 10, 201059 comments

Missing Documentation for matrix3d Transforms

Documentation from Sebastian Deutsch on using -webkit-transform with matrix3d, which is rather complicated but can do cool stuff. Also, he used CoffeeScript for the demo (first I'm hearing of it) which looks kinda like SASS for JavaScript.…

September 8, 2010

Ordering CSS3 Properties

When writing CSS3 properties, the modern wisdom is to list the "real" property last and the vendor prefixes first:

.not-a-square { -webkit-border-radius: 10px; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border-radius: 10px; }

Why is this method of ordering properties so commonly taught? Here …

September 7, 201049 comments

How Long Should We Ban IPs?

There are all kinds of reasons IPs get banned. A forums manager might ban an IP because the user at it is spamming. An admin of an email server might also ban IPs for spamming. A web service might ban …

September 3, 201041 comments

BonBon Buttons

These are way above and beyond the level of any other "CSS3 buttons" I've seen. Multiple backgrounds combining gradients and images, uneven border-radius, pseudo elements, HSL coloring, @font-face icons, transitions, box shadows, text shadows, hover and active states... the list …

September 2, 2010

HTML, CSS, and Javascript from the Ground Up

I've done my own The VERY Basics screencast, but this full series from Google, targeted at just-starting-out beginners, would be a good place to go directly after my intro, to take things further along. …

September 1, 2010

Digging Into WordPress, The Book, Version 3

When we first released the book Digging Into WordPress, we thought of some reasons why people might not want to buy it. A big reason is because tech books can go out of date quickly, especially when the subject …

September 1, 201044 comments

Percentage Bugs in WebKit

Using percentage values for certain things can have slightly unexpected results in WebKit based browsers. For instance, if you have a series of columns set in percentage widths with percentage padding, WebKit can calculate their sizing rather strangely.

Update: WebKit…
August 30, 201033 comments

More on CSS Selector Performance

This is a direct link to a PowerPoint file by Steve Souders (in April 2009). Of particular interest is pages 19-33 with all the information on CSS selectors. Evidence points to yes, there are efficiency differences in how you write …

August 29, 2010

CSS is to HTML as a CMS is to… HTML

From the desk of important beginner concepts:

You have a website with 100 pages on it. All 100 pages use the same style.css file. You'd like to change the background color of every single page. You make one adjustment in …

August 28, 201052 comments

WebKit HTML5 Search Inputs

One of the new types of inputs in HTML5 is search.

<input type=search name=s>

It does absolutely nothing in most browsers. It just behaves like a text input. This isn't a problem. The spec doesn't require it to do …

August 25, 201050 comments

Stylebot

Chrome users and CSS wranglers, check this out. It's an extension which adds a "css" link on the right in your URL bar. Click it to open a CSS Edit-like pane on any website where you can click elements and …

August 25, 2010

.net Magazine Awards

The Oscars of web nerdery. I'm nominated for a flatteringly high number of categories! Web personality of the year? You know it.…

August 24, 2010

New Poll: Multiple JavaScript Libraries

Have you ever tried to debug a site where a beginner web designer has loaded the page with scripts? There's a couple copies of jQuery in various versions, maybe a little Prototype or MooTools thrown in. We can laugh a …

August 24, 201054 comments

FireQuery

This is a very cool extension for Firebug (add-on for an add-on?) that expands Firebug's capabilities with jQuery. For instance, a built in jQueryify button, showing attached event handlers in the Content / DOM tree view, and highlighting all elements …

August 23, 2010

Intentional Difficulty

Here's some food for thought.

When designing something that you are reasonably certain the user is willing (or forced) to invest time in learning to use proficiently, is it beneficial to intentionally make some tasks just slightly more difficult than …

August 23, 201038 comments

Poll Results: Action Verb Clarity

The latest poll was all about picking the best sentence for a user to perform a specific action on a website. The choices are listed below, sorted from most popular to least:

  • 39% - Select a user and then click
August 22, 201015 comments

Fixing Background “Bleed”

Mike Harding with a desperately needed fix for when backgrounds "leak" out of elements with borders and border-radius.…

August 21, 2010

Forums Downtime

Quick public service announcement: The CSS-Tricks forums will be unavailable starting now as the undergo awesomeness upgrades. I'll update this post when they are back!

And they are back! Might be a bug here and there. Definitely let me know …

August 21, 201037 comments

Browser Jumping

If you asked me right now, Hey Chris, what's your favorite browser? I wouldn't know what to tell you! I've been a Firefox user primarily over the past few years, but over the last several months my allegiance is no …

August 20, 201097 comments

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