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CSS Secret Message Generator

I know ya'll were just thinking to yourselves: man, I hope Chris posts some super nerdy article today with some nearly-useless technique that if I talked about in public would clinch the fact that I'm not getting laid anytime soon. …

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jQuery Conference + Win a Ticket!

I'll be speaking at the upcoming jQuery Conference. It is in the San Francisco Bay Area (Mountain View, at the Microsoft Campus) on April 24 – 25, 2010. Just check out that link for all the details. It looks …

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Slot Machine Tabs

I was looking at the features page of a web service called Fluxiom. I haven't used the product (although it looks pretty nice and might be good few a couple of our clients). It's the tabs on that page that …

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The Abstraction Point

Reader Joe Bob sent me a link to IxEdit to ask what I thought. I hadn't heard of it, so I checked it out. They have a six minute video you can watch which explains it pretty well. In a …

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Middle Box Links

Worst name ever, but I was having a hard time naming it and that seemed to fit the bill. This is the end result:

It covers a variety of things I thought were interesting:

  • jQuery 1.4's new element creation syntax
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Estimating Projects

I like the way that we estimate projects1 at Chatman Design2. I think it epitomizes "real world" web design. We do our best to streamline the process and have a methods to the madness. But a lot …

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3D Text Tower

Have you seen David Desandro's site? It's pretty slick. His footer is especially fun:

The technique is clever in it's simplicity. Let's take a look.…

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LessConf3010

I'll be heading down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend LessConf3010 on May 21/22, 2010. They can say it better than I can:

LessConf is a conference with talks ranging from startups to design to marketing to business. It's a casual …

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Data URIs

Did you know that you don't have to link to an external image file when using an <img> element in HTML, or declaring a background-image in CSS? You can embed the image data directly into the document with data URIs. The end result can be a site with all the less HTTP Requests, but at what cost?
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Update December 2011: This bug is fixed in Opera 11.60

This is a bit of an interesting number. Google turns up a number of bug-related threads. The reason it came up for me, is that I get a lot of …

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Indeterminate Radio Buttons

There is a pseudo class selector, :indeterminate, whose job it can be to select radio button inputs which are neither selected (have attribute "checked") or unselected (don't have that). This is a CSS3 selector, which may be in response to …

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Grid Accordion with jQuery

Accordions are a UI pattern where you click on a title (in a vertical stack of titles) and a panel of content reveals itself below. Typically, all other open panels close when the new one opens. They are a clever …

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What Changed?

If something was working, but now it's broken, then something changed.


Many things are the same, some are different.

This is true with anything: your watch, a remote control, even your relationships. It's certainly true with websites. If your website …

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Meet the Pseudo Class Selectors

Pseudo class selectors are CSS selectors with a colon preceding them. You are probably very familiar with a few of them. Like hover:

a:hover { /* Yep, hover is a pseudo class */ }

They are immensely useful in a …

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Review of LightCMS

Back in the summer of last year, I did a little roundup I called The "Light" CMS Trend. Ironically enough, one that wasn't included was LightCMS. I've been checking it out (yes, this is a sponsored review) and …

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CSS Off Results

Alright so after one missed deadline, the results are here! You can browse all the scores and see peoples entries on the CSS Off results page.

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New Poll: Server Side Languages

A bit of a cookie-cutter poll this time, but sometimes those lead to the biggest and most interesting discussions. This is for the folks around here who are more of web developers than web designers:

What is your server-side language …

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Poll Results: Punctuation Inside or Out?

Quite a lot of people weighed in on this poll that went out in January. The question was:

Should tags like em and strong go <em(outside)</empunctuation characters, or (<stronginside them</strong)?

Like many polls around here, …

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CSS Off Update

I was telling everyone to check back Wednesday for CSS Off results. Well... #facepalm. Huge apologies, we still aren't quite ready. As it turns out judging 136 entries is quite a huge task. The important bit: come hell or high …

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Rabble Rabble Rabble!

CSS3 is a big mess! 4+ rules for making a corner round or adding a drop shadow! Preposterous! Where are the standards?!

I've been hearing a ton of that. There is something of a point here. We all like standards, …

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Updates / Links

If you were interested in that CSS Tabs stuff from yesterday, check out the new demo. I got a little obsessed with it and tried out a bunch more things. Still nothing I'd call a 100% perfect replacement to …

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CSS3-Only Tabbed Area

MORE CURRENT ARTICLE: Functional CSS Tabs Revisited

When you think of "tabs", your mind might go right to JavaScript. Watch for a click on a tab, hide all the panels, show the one corresponding to tab just clicked on. All …

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Unicode Characters for Class Names

Reader Kartlos emailed me in pointing to me to an interesting article by the great Mr. Snook from a few years back. I don't think I had seen it before and it's a bonafide "CSS Trick" so I thought I …

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Increment Inputs with the Mousewheel

In the past we've covered adding +/- buttons to number-based inputs to help user interface (it's easier than typing in some circumstances). Reader Hitesh N Chavda emailed me with the idea of doing it with the scroll of the mouse …

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Digging Into WordPress, v2 Back in Print

We sold out of our first batch of Digging Into WordPress books in a matter of weeks. We could have just ordered more as soon as supplies were low, but it just so happened that right about that time WordPress …

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New Snippet Buttons

I've added two new buttons to all of the code snippets in the Snippets section of the site. Now a button to add directly to Snippets.app and a button to directly copy to the clipboard join the Coda and Textmate …

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Multiple Login Forms with Highlighting

This is a little specific... but I figured what the heck maybe it will be useful for someone. I recently had occasion to make multiple different login forms on a single page. With CSS we know we can apply styling …

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Multiple Class / ID and Class Selectors

Can you spot the difference between these two selectors?

#header.callout { } #header .callout { }

They look nearly identical, but the top one has no space between "#header" and ".callout" while the bottom one does. This small difference makes …

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Highlight PHP and JavaScript Code with PHP

PHP has a cool function that automatically highlights PHP code called highlight_string(); Theoretically this could be used to roll your own code highlighting on a site, rather than rely on JavaScript or some kind of external service to do it. …

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CSS Off Update

Wave that checkered flag! Comments are closed and the entry form is shut down as the deadline for the CSS Off has now passed. We had an incredible 136 entries! A few right at the buzzer which makes me worry …

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The Skinny on CSS Attribute Selectors

CSS has the ability to target HTML elements based on any one of their attributes. You probably already know about classes and IDs. Check out this bit of HTML:

<h2 id="title" class="magic" rel="friend">David Walsh</h2>

This single element has three attributes: …

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Five Questions with Jonathan Longnecker

I met Jonathan at a conference last year. Jonathan was giving a presentation about ExpressionEngine and how good it is for designers. He gave me a good natured ribbing about my use of WordPress. Read the interview below where I …

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The Great CSS Off & Giveaway

Alrighty folks, here's the deal. I have a whole bunch of stuff I want to give away. Mostly books on web design and development. I've been deep in thought trying to figure out the best way to give them all …

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jQuery MagicLine Navigation

These "sliding" style navigation bars have been around a while, I just thought I'd take a crack at doing it myself as the opportunity came up recently. Turns out it's really pretty darn easy. I put two examples together for …

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How nth-child Works

There is a CSS selector, really a pseudo-selector, called nth-child. Here is an example of using it:

ul li:nth-child(3n+3) { color: #ccc; }

What the above CSS does, is select every third list item inside unordered lists. That is, the …

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Threadsy Invites / Haiti Poster Project

Two things today.

First, have you guys heard of Threadsy? I hadn't, but apparently they got 2nd place at TechCrunch 50, which is pretty great. It's a web application that combines several of your online "input streams" (e.g. Email, …

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Link Underlines Grow to Backgrounds on Hover

A reader recently emailed in asking if I knew a way to have links be underlined, and then have the underline grow upwards on hover and turn into a background/highlight effect. I ended up trying three different things, with varying levels of success.
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Free Template: DocTemplate

Totally free template for ya'll today. It is fully of AJAX navigation goodness, so subpages load dynamically with no page reload. If you don't like that part (for example, you are trying to put JavaScript demos on the subpages and they won't load that way) just remove the JavaScript files from the header and it will revert to regular nav. Enjoy!
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Thank You (2009 Edition)

Before January slips away from me, I want to get my annual Thank You post out! Thanks to TheDoc (our resident prolific forums guru) for reminding me.

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Designers These Days…

... have a good design sense and understand the fundamentals / design principals.
... know all the major design software including the entire Adobe Creative Suite.
... have some basic video editing skills.
... know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
... …

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Redesigning an “Edit Product” Page

I decided that in 2010, I was going to design more things. I didn't do as much just straight up designing of things in 2009. So rather than wait around for opportunities to come to me, I am going to …

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Updated Bookshelf

In an effort to provide a permanent resource to the question "are there any books you recommend?", I created the CSS-Tricks Bookshelf. It had slowly gone out of date, so now I've bought it back up to date …

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IE Background RGB Bug

Using RGBa for progressive enhancement is getting more and more popular, which is awesome. Even nearly a year ago it was pretty much ready to rock. A great way to handle the progressive enhancement part is just to declare …

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New Poll: Tag/Punctuation Placement

There is probably a right and wrong answer for this, so if that emerges, I'll update this article and mention it in the results. Regardless, I don't think it's obvious, so this poll should be answered on what you currently …