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Ideas on Naming Classes

October 21, 2013

Objects in Space

I'm a big fan of the front end architecture thinking here by Andrew Colclough.

I want my approach to solving this user problem to be re-usable, independent, and adaptable to different use cases.…

October 19, 2013

Flat UI and Forms

Jessica Enders:

The problem is that in the push for simplicity, flat UIs may have gone too far.

Important stuff about the actual usability of forms while the "flat design" trend is perhaps at its peak. I highly suspect that …

October 19, 2013

CSS-Tricks Chronicle XV

Stuff that I have done did in the timeframe of recently.
October 18, 201311 comments

Art Directed Articles. Still a Good Idea?

I was recently quoted in a tweet about this and I thought it might be worth a revisit and new discussion.

Re Art Direction "This is more than just a trend, it's just a good idea." ~ @chriscoyier Still? And, is AD …

October 17, 201333 comments

New T-Shirts! New Store!

Hey hey everybody, I made some new shirts! I wanted some T-Shirts that were more of just the straight CSS-Tricks logo type. So I had some made up. While I was at it, I moved the entire store system (as …

October 16, 201313 comments

Thoughts on GoDaddy buying MediaTemple

Today it was announced that GoDaddy purchased MediaTemple. I've been a long time user of both of them. I thought I'd share my thoughts. Full disclosure: this site is on a free server they give me. I pay for other …

October 15, 2013148 comments

Arranging Elements from Top to Bottom instead of Left to Right (float: down?)

Reader Marcin A wrote in with this question about a simple unordered list in which they wanted the elements to be arranged in vertical order (top to bottom) instead of horizontal (left to right).

So markup like:

<ul> <li>1</li> <li>2</li>
October 15, 201332 comments

Interview Questions and Exercises About CSS

If you're in the position of needing to interview someone about their skill and knowledge about CSS, it can be a little hard to think of things to ask on-the-fly. I thought I'd think up and round up some ideas …

October 14, 201383 comments

Cargo cult analytics

There is a lot to quote in this great article by Stijn Debrouwere:

There’s nothing like a dashboard full of data and graphs and trend lines to make us feel like grown ups.

... metrics only make sense when you’re …

October 11, 2013

Introversion and UX

Angela Craven and SuAnne Hall with thoughts, interviews, and research into introversion can be an asset to the UX field. Like the majority of folks in the world of computers, I am introverted and a fairly full-tilt one at that. …

October 11, 2013

Animated Media Queries

If you apply a transition on an element for a particular supported property, and that property ever changes, it will use that transition. If a class name on that element changes and the new class changes that property, it will …

October 11, 201328 comments

Creating a “Meet The Team” Page in WordPress

The following is a guest post by Kevin Leary. I was pretty stoked to get this guest post submission from Kevin because it's my favorite kind of tutorial: practical and detailed.

Almost every custom theme I develop with WordPress …

October 9, 2013115 comments

Conical Gradients in CSS

The following is a guest post by Shankar Cabus. Shankar made a really rad color wheel on CodePen and showed it to me. I thought it was an image underneath, because gradients like this aren't something CSS can natively

October 8, 201327 comments

Flexbox layout isn’t slow

As a follow up to this conversation, Paul Irish shows us:

Old flexbox (display: box) is 2.3x slower than new flexbox (display: flex).

And remember kids: tools, not rules.…

October 8, 2013

Danielmall.com goes responsive

With a very performance-based approach based on the numbers.…

October 8, 2013

Just Use [insert CMS here]! Or, Why I Still Love WordPress

I somewhat regularly ask questions about WordPress stuff on Twitter. Usually when I don't know how to do something or I'm seeing behavior that I didn't expect. I did write a book about WordPress at one time, but even when …

October 7, 201393 comments

Blurry Transparent Header Effect from iOS7 in CSS

The following is a guest post by Fabrice Weinberg. Fabrice is a regular contributor around here. He's always looking forward to the latest technologies and possibilities. Here on the outset of iOS7, he looks into recreating a particular effect

October 4, 201324 comments

Animation of How CSS Triangles Work

In talks I've given in the past, I've found myself explaining how CSS triangles work with words and ridiculous hand gestures. It never goes particularly well.


Y'all got that?

So I figured let's give it a shot with an …

October 3, 201349 comments

Hiding Native HTML5 Video Controls in Full-Screen Mode

The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. I know Sara through all her excellent work on CodePen. She was working on some custom HTML5 video controls and noticed that the customizations were lost when the video

September 26, 201323 comments

Solved by Flexbox

Philip Walton looks at common CSS layout issues that were a pain in the butt before Flexbox.…

September 26, 2013

Line Mode Browser

Revisiting the first universally accessible web browser…

September 26, 2013

Focus transition

More cleverness by Nikita Vasilyev. The blue glow outline that surrounds focusable elements when they are in their :focus state "flies" (you have to see it) to the next focusable element. So when you tab around, it is very clear …

September 24, 2013

Targeting Menu Elements with Submenus in a Navigation Bar

The following is a guest post by Ray Messina. Ray was interested in sharing this technique as a way to pay forward things he's learned from this site in the past, which is awesome. You might be aware of

September 23, 201337 comments

A Visual Guide to Sass & Compass Color Functions

Fun visual demos by Jackie Balzer. I didn't know about a few, like transparentize. It seems to work the same as rgba, but I like the word transparentize better. I also didn't know Compass adds a few of its …

September 22, 2013

CSS Property Usage > Popularity

And the most-used CSS property is... (guess before you click through).

There are some funny ones at the bottom. Hopeful ones like kerning and not-enough-coffee ones like text-underline.…

September 22, 2013

A Complete Guide to the Table Element

The <table> element in HTML is used for displaying tabular data. You can think of it as a way to describe and display data that would make sense in spreadsheet software. Essentially: columns and rows. In this article we're going …

September 19, 2013106 comments

Webstock Talks

Webstock is posting talks from this year (as they have in past years) including mine.…

September 18, 2013

Controlling CSS Animations and Transitions with JavaScript

The following is a guest post by Zach Saucier. Zach wrote to me telling me that, as a frequenter on coding forums like Stack Overflow, he sees the questions come up all the time about controlling CSS animations with …

September 17, 201330 comments

Responsive Elements

Width based media queries are based on the entire browser window. If the browser window is narrower than 800px, do this. If the browser is window is wider than 400px, do this. But that's not always enough. Imagine a desktop …

September 17, 2013

Client-Hints Polyfill

Making server-side choices based on client-side information is a bit of a modern day holy grail. Client-Hints will hopefully someday make that easier, but we don't have that yet. I'm a fan of the cookie-based approach. This polyfill by …

September 13, 2013

Client-side full-text search in CSS

Clever idea by François Zaninotto. Add to the searchable element a data-index attribute which contains all the text content of its children smooshed together. Then you can find matches using the [data-index*=""] selector, which is fast. Essentially doubles the DOM …

September 11, 2013

The Parallels Between Personal Health and Website Health

I recently spent a week at Hilton Head Health, a weight loss spa in South Carolina. Part of the experience was classroom learning about lots of different health related topics. While hearing all about those things, I couldn't help …

September 9, 201340 comments

BeeLine Reader

An attempt to make reading on screens easier though applying color gradients to lines of text. For example, one line of text will fade to red and the next line will start with red, making it easier for your eye …

September 6, 2013

WordPress Fragment Caching Revisited

The following is a guest post by Ryan Burnette. As you'll read below, Ryan was working on a WordPress site that utilized a plugin that used the Instagram API to pull down photos. He was using it in a

September 5, 201334 comments

Fall 2013 Speaking Gigs

I'll be speaking at a few events coming up:

September 4, 201311 comments

New Poll: Is There a Line Between Web Apps and Web Sites?

Every once in a while I'll hear people say something along the lines of "well that's for web sites, but it's not really relevant for web apps." That implies there is some kind of line that separates the two. Different …

September 3, 2013110 comments

Poll Results: Off Screen Navigation Use on Mobile/Desktop

The results are in! Nearly 5,000 voters weighed in on the last poll to decide if the off-screen "drawer" navigation style that has swept mobile design is appropriate for larger screen ("desktop") designs. You could answer:

  • It's not good on
September 2, 20139 comments

The HTML5 progress Element

The following is a guest post by Pankaj Parashar. Pankaj wrote to me about some pretty cool styled progress elements he created. I asked if he'd be interested in fleshing out the idea into an article about styling them

August 28, 201341 comments

Force Margin/Padding On Element Next To Floated Element

Jeff Starr explains a classic CSS layout issue and suggests a fix. It's the overflow that does it by triggering what I believe is called a new block formatting context.…

August 27, 2013

CSS Animate from/to “auto”

I have no doubt CSS will allow this one day, but right now, you can't animate the width or height of an element from a fixed value to auto. This is particularly useful when the desire is to animate from …

August 27, 2013

Tridiv

A web app by Julian Garnier for building and manipulating 3D shape creations in CSS. The interface is genius. One panel shows you the creation from an angle so you can see the 3D-ness of it and spin it around. …

August 26, 2013

The Move to bbPress

The Forums on CSS-Tricks started life as phpBB sometime in 2008. There is even an ancient video of how to apply a basic skin. Sometime in 2010 I moved them to Vanilla Forums in a response to heavy spam and …

August 23, 201342 comments

Website Critique: epicawesome.co

Back when I did the Kickstarter for this site, one of the rewards I offered was a critique, public or private, of any website. The only taker was Gus Fune, who opted for the public critique of a site he …

August 22, 201337 comments

Above-The-Fold CSS

What is the most important CSS on the page? The styles that affect what you can see immediately. Chances are, that is far less CSS than your entire stylesheet(s). What if you could serve just that CSS right away rather …

August 22, 2013

Let’s <cite> People

Bruce Lawson:

Once again, I propose that the definition of <cite> be reverted to include the real-world use for marking up names of those cited, and that the spec note that cite-inside-blockquote is one way (although not the only way) …

August 21, 2013

The Use of jQuery in Tutorials

A question came up in a semi-recent ShopTalk episode about the use of jQuery in tutorials.

Lately I've begun to realize how muddled the line between jQuery and JavaScript has become when learning about the language. It's hard to find …

August 20, 201388 comments

SVG Fallbacks

There is a very clever technique by Alexey Ten on providing an image fallback for SVG going around the internet recently. It does just what you want in the classic no-SVG-support browsers IE 8- and Android 2.3. If we dig …

August 19, 201345 comments

Job Titles in the Web Industry

There are loads of job titles in our industry. The opinion on their usefulness range from harmful (i.e. leads to “not my job” syndrome) to vital (i.e. people change companies sometimes and need common language). Since they are out there …

August 14, 2013231 comments

Don’t Swear in Your Stylesheets

Aimee Ault from deviantART discovered that some of their stylesheets would fail to load for some users. Turns out those users were

accessing the site from computers with overly sensitive system-wide profanity filters installed. These users' browsers likely stopped parsing …

August 13, 2013

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