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Responsive Multi Column Data Tables

Maggie Costello Wachs from Filament Group shares the best approach to responsive data tables I've seen yet. Remember the problem: exploring a large data table on small screen devices means a bunch of horizontal and vertical scrolling, which sucks. Her solution involves marking columns as "essential" and "optional" with CSS classes and hiding the optional ones with media queries at smaller screen sizes. Then to keep all the data accessible, providing a (dynamically created) dropdown of checkboxes to reveal the …

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Public Service Announcement: Watch Your @font-face font-weight

Many (especially decorative) web fonts come only in a few selected weights and styles. It's smart to load as few as possible since they can be quite heavy, but also make sure you only use them in the weights/styles you load otherwise the browser will fake it for you and muddy it up.
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Thank You (2011 Edition)

Hey folks! It's that time of year again where I write a post to say thanks to every person visiting this site. CSS-Tricks is part of my career, so just by virtue of you visiting this site directly helps me.

Like families often send holiday letters to their relatives with a review of their year and the notable things family members have done, I like to write this blog post and review the year at CSS-Tricks through the numbers. (See …

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Custom Events are Pretty Cool

Callbacks are one way to keep JavaScript functionalities cleanly separated, but they aren't always enough. Using custom events are easier, more flexible, cleaner, and can make more obvious readable code.
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Stuff you can do with the “Checkbox Hack”

Using a hidden checkbox, you can re-create a lot of functionality on website that rely on clicks and toggled states. Fair warning, it's not always super semantic or a good idea, but it's awful fun to play with.
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Adobe-like Arrow Headers

There are some pretty cool module headers on Adobe's site. In this tutorial we'll recreate them in a more efficient way.
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Multiple Attribute Values

By space separating the value of the class attribute we get "multiple classes" we can select by. But what if we want to be able to do that with other attributes?

Dabblet

The best part about Lea Verou's new in-browser HTML/CSS demo tool? It saves your demos to your GitHub account as gists. …

Auto Updating IE

Big news from Microsoft:

With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly

Windows XP gets IE 8
Windows Vista and 7 get IE 9

Presumably every new release will happen the same way. So when IE 10 goes final the next Windows Update will include that too for the OS's it will run on.…

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Open a Window with Full Size Unscaled Image

For the gallery section of this site, I wanted people to have the ability to see the screenshot at its original size. Due to the fluid nature of this site, it's fairly common for the screenshot to be scaled down to fit into its column. So I put together this little solution.…

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New Poll: Your Internet Connection Speed

I think it would be interesting to get an idea of what the internet connection speeds are like for CSS-Tricks readers. Connection speed makes such a huge difference in the web browsing experience I hope that getting an understanding of what speeds people are getting will help us all kind that in mind when working on websites.…

TextMate 2

The long awaited has arrived (in alpha).…

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HTML Forms in HTML Emails

You know how you can send HTML email?

You know how things like text areas and radio buttons are HTML elements?

Yep.…

Knyle Style Sheets

Project from Kyle Neath that builds a very human-readable "living styleguide" automatically from your CSS comments. …

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Numbering In Style

Chances are if you want to number things in order on a website, the ordered list (<ol></ol>) is your guy. It also is pretty reasonable that you want to style those numbers. Strangely enough, styling those list numbers isn't a very easy thing to in CSS. Thankfully it's also not impossible. …

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This Site’s Domain is Stolen

Update: This Site's Domain is Now Safe

Hey ya'll. This is (really) Chris Coyier. I had css-tricks.com registered on GoDaddy. It recently came to my attention that the ownership of this domain has been transferred away from my ownership to PlanetDomain. For now, thankfully the nameservers still point to MediaTemple, so the site is still up. That could change at any time.

I'm going to keep track of all this. …

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Relevant Dropdowns: Polyfill for Datalist

The list attribute / datalist element of HTML5 forms is pretty cool. As you type in a text input, it shows you a dropdown menu of choices you can pick from. Or you can type in whatever you want. The list attribute alone doesn't lock you into any specific value. In that way, it's a bit like a group of radio buttons with an "other" type-in option.…

24 Ways: Unicode Range

24 ways, the annual all-thing-front-end-web advent calendar, kicks off this year with some very clever CSS trickery by the publications founder Drew McLellan.…

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The Script Tag

I got a great question from reader Josh Kreis:

I've noticed that on a <script></script> tag, there are all kinds of variations that all seem to work cross-browser. What is necessary and what isn't?…

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Play Music on Your Site with the Grooveshark Streaming API

Grooveshark is a web app for listening to music. You can search for any play just about any song there is. With an account you favorite stuff, build playlists, do social stuff, you know the drill. Perhaps less known is that Grooveshark has API's that allow you to play music on your own site. This will be a tutorial and sample code to show you how that's done.…

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Simple Styles for Horizontal Rules

That is, the <hr /> element. With the help of a few contributors, I put together this page of very simple styles for them. You could get a lot fancier with an element like a <div></div> that can hold content, but I like the semantics of a horizontal rule. It's an emphatic break between two sections of content. …

Interview

Kevin Dees interviewed me. We talked about all kinds of front-endy stuff, this site, and other fun stuff. (video) …

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Using Fonts for Icons…

...is a good idea, I'm telling you.

I've created this page to attempt to convince you. It shows examples and lists six reasons why it's a good idea and three common arguments against them (some of which I refute).

Don't need convincing? Here's big roundup of them

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Sharing

I just added "The Big Three" sharing buttons to articles on this site: Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook. I've shared my thoughts on sharing buttons like this in the past. I essentially decided that I didn't like them for this site. So before anybody skewers me for hypocrisy, I thought I'd go back through my old thoughts and refute myself.…

Vendor Prefixes, yadda yadda yadda, strong opinions

Henri Sivonen:

I think vendor prefixes are hurting the Web. They are hurting Web authors. They are hurting users of browsers. They are hurting competition in the Web browser space.

I'm tempted to raise my fist in disagreement, but you know what, I'm not an oracle. I can't know the future nor know how the world would have turned out if we never used vendor prefixes.

Here's a guess though: if we were to go back in time and influence …

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Five Questions with Tab Atkins

Tab Atkins (Twitter) is a member of the CSS working group and contributor to several other working groups in the W3C. He works for Google on the Google Chrome Team. Browsers and specs are the bones and blood of our industry so that makes Tab, uhm, a orthopedic surgeon, or something. I ask Tab about all that stuff, and more, below.…

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Yes/No Ipsum!

I've heard a number of people make statements lately like: "If you're using Lorem Ipsum text, just stop it." Or similar. That argument, expanded, goes something like this. Design exists to serve content. Lorem ipsum is fake content. If you're already designing, and you are using fake content, you are not serving the content and thus not doing your job as a designer correctly. …

The Future, Glassy?

Bret Victor:

Now, take out your favorite Magical And Revolutionary Technology Device. Use it for a bit.

What did you feel? Did it feel glassy? Did it have no connection whatsoever with the task you were performing?…

CSS3 Secrets

I bet there is a couple things in this slide deck from Lea Verou that you didn't know about CSS3.…

LiveReload

Mac users, this is really worth checking out. As you work on local projects, you have your HTML and CSS open in your text editor of choice, and the web page open in a browser. With LiveReload, as soon as you save files the changes appear in the browser (with CSS, it doesn't even need to reload the page). It also works with all the popular preprocessors and instantly compiles as you save. Might just change the way you work. …

jQuery 1.7 Released

You'll probably start seeing .on() and .off() on tutorial sites so just a heads up, that's new syntax for event binding in jQuery (although all the old methods still work too).…

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Columns and the Greatest Common Divisor

I was recently putting together some CSS for columns. There was a few pre-determined widths that the columns needed to accommodate. For whatever reason (maybe because every grid framework in the world is this way) my mind went right to trying to find a common building block size. All columns are either the size of one building block or a multiple of a building block with gutter widths added. …

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Five Questions with Lea Verou

Lea is a front end web developer from Greece. You have likely heard of her, as ever since she started blogging in English (read more about that below), she's had quite a boom in popularity. Or perhaps you've seen some of her work. She's created a number of one-page sites that either show off amazing things CSS can do or help you with a difficult/tedious task.

I asked Lea some questions about critical reaction to her work, the community in …

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A Call for ::nth-everything

We already have ::first-letter and ::first-line which are useful. Why not expand those out into a full set of selectors that follow the same pattern of the ::nth-child family? I attempt to make the case here.
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Centering in the Unknown

When it comes to centering things in web design, the more information you have about the element being centered and its parent element, the easier it is. So what if you don't know anything? It's still kinda doable.…

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Lots of Ipsum

There is just too many awesome Lorem Ipsum (placeholder) text generators going around lately not to round them up. …

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Results of Group Design Project on Rating Three Candy Bars

Last week I proposed a little design challenge: design a small part of an interface which allowed a user to rate three candy bars in order of how much they liked them. Quite a few folks took a stab at it. I'd like to round up what I feel were the best entries for discussion and then pick the "winners"…

HTML5 for Web Designers Website

The content of HTML5 for Web Designers, the first A Book Apart book by Jeremy Keith, is online. Under the hood, the title bar at the top of the page is actually the <title> element, unhidden and styled up. …