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BarCamp Tour 2012

I'll be representin' Wufoo at a bunch of BarCamps again this year. Super fun. We need to figure out exactly what (U.S.) cities we are going to go to this year, so if you are organizing one, hit us up at the form on the site.…

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ShopTalk Episode 5

Jeffrey Way, Dave and I talk shop about some newly released projects, -webkit-gate, and our weekly staple of Q&A.…

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Musings on Preprocessing

I've been using Sass for pretty much everything I do recently. Here's some musings on the journey. From hold-ups, to trip-ups, to turn-offs. From apps and teams to workflows and syntax.…

A proposal to drop browser vendor prefixes

Interesting idea by Felipe G on using a new at-rule, @-vendor-unlock, to tell the browser to use it's experimental implementation of any particular property, rather than using a vendor prefix on that property. Unfortunately at this point, even if you could get all the browsers on board, you'd need to use this and vendor prefixes to get deep support, which makes the problem worse. What we really need is for all browsers to implement auto-updating so eventually "supporting older …

Digging Into WordPress 3.3

Digging Into WordPress (the book) is now updated to v3.3. Includes new chapters specially on what's new in 3.2 and 3.3, all the rest of the chapters tightened up and refreshed, better internal hyperlinking (in the PDF), and more. It's a free update (PDF) to all previous buyers. New print copies are on order and will be available soon. …

ShopTalk Episode 4

Dave, Jonathan Longnecker, Nate Croft and I talk shop. Topics include website building apps, where to start designing, when not to design for modern browsers, and more.

Sponsored by LessAccounting. …

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New Poll: In The Next 10 Years, Will We See CSS Competitor?

What do you think folks? Is a new language going to come along in the next ten years that deals with layout / style / design and unseat CSS? Or at least give it a run for its money?

You should vote not based on if there will be any attempt at it, which there certainly will be and already has. But instead if you think one of those attempts will actually make it into native support by a browser …

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Star Ratings With Very Little CSS

Star ratings are one of those classic UX patterns that everyone has tinkered with at one time or another. I had an idea get the UX part of it done with very little code and no JavaScript.…

Real-World CSS

A very serious not at all tongue-in-cheek gallery of CSS3 techniques that poo-poos the fancy in favor of the practical.…

Better Box Sizing

Paul Irish suggests the universal selector (*) to apply border-box box-sizing to every element. I've been wanting to try this forever because this box model is, in my opinion, just better. Imagine: elements with percentage widths and pixel padding without worry.…

Firefox 10

...is now a stable release. It's notable because it's the first release with it's own built in developer tools (video overview). It's all HTML/CSS for now (not a Firebug replacement) but they are nicely designed and a great first step for a product that really should be in-house. Also, CSS 3D transforms! After you've upgraded, check out this demo using -moz-element and the just-now-supported 3D transforms.…

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Poll Results: Internet Connection Speed

In this latest poll, I asked people to test their own internet connection speed then vote in the poll based on their result. The speed choices ranged from (what I would consider) blazingly fast, to mediocre, to nearly unusably slow. I would have guessed a bell curve, with most people having mediocre speeds and just a few on the edges of extreme fast/slow. We didn't get that at all. …

Twitter Bootstrap 2.0

If your web app doesn't look or work as well as Bootstrap does out of the box, it's time to have a pretty serious discussion with your team about why.…

1000px Grid for Responsive Web Design

To figure out your grid width percentages for a fluid design, you start with a fixed design and divide the column widths by the container width. Elliot Jay Stocks calls for us to stop the self-torture and use 1000px for the container, so the math is super easy.…

Pictos Server

I've long been convinced icon fonts are awesome. Now Drew Wilson's new service (and article I'm linking to) put to rest any of the last possible arguments against them. Think they use unsemnatic markup? Apply them via pseudo element. Worried some screen readers still read those? Not if you use aria-hidden="true" or map them to an unused plane of unicode characters. Too heavy weight? Build your own icon font and serve only what you need with this service.…

Responsive Design Testing Bookmarklet

Bookmarklet by Benjamin Keen which automates an idea by Lennart Schoors where the current page is loaded into a bunch of differently sized iframes, so when working on a large monitor, you can see what a design looks like at a bunch of different smaller sizes quickly and all at once.…

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Animate to an Inline Style

You already know that inline styles are "bad practice." Inline styles aren't reusable like CSS in separate files is, and thus, inefficient bloat. Unless of course, when it isn't. …

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Custom Fonts in Emails

A reader writes in:

Would it be possible to draw an entire typeface in CSS to be sent in emails? Our company needs to send out emails to about 20k people to introduce a new brand that we are launching. The emails will be in HTML/CSS. My CEO is very specific about the type of aesthetic he wants to achieve, and this includes using a typeface that is not native to either Mac or Windows computers. We do not want …

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Burst Title

During the previews for a movie I saw recently, there was an advertisement for an Oprah-related something or another. I wasn't paying attention because I was trying to get out my phone so I could snap a picture of it. Which I failed to do. There was these neat title screens that I thought would be fun to recreate with CSS. …

CSS1k

Back in the day, the CSS Zen Garden was a place to showcase the power of CSS. A single page was redesigned in vastly different ways with no change to the HTML. The CSS1k project (head up by Jacob Rask) is in that same vein only you are limited to only 1k of CSS. Fun, but the purpose is to get you thinking about how to be efficient and size economic with CSS. …

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YouTube Popup Buttons

There is a certain style of button on the latest YouTube design (most easily found in the footer) where the default state of the button has a very subtle bevel to it, but on :hover and :focus states the button pops up, eager to be clicked. …

Shop Talk Episode 1

The inaugural episode of Shop Talk where Dave and I are joined by Jonathan Snook and we answer a bunch of listener questions. Sorry about the sniffles and other rough edges, we'll get better as we go. Sponsored by LessAccounting.…

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(Better) Tabs with Round Out Borders

A good-looking tab control usually has one feature that I've always found impossible to reproduce without images: borders that bend to the outside at the bottom of each tab. In this article I would like to show how you can use the CSS :before and :after pseudo elements to create this effect without using images.
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Upcoming Speaking

My first half of 2012 is sprinkled with some web conferences I'm very much looking forward to. …

CSS Profiling and Optimization

Just as I got done saying how I hope we can soon stop talking about CSS selector performance, Juriy Zaytsev publishes some great research on selector performance using Opera and WebKit's new "style profiler" as part of the dev tools. He was able to save 650ms on page load time on a CSS3 heavy one-page app. Big difference makers: number of selectors, universal selectors, border-radius, and transforms. Worth a thorough read through.…

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Looking to Hire Someone for Web Work?

The very first thing you should do is start writing. Just open a text file and define exactly who your ideal hire is. What they are like, what they hopefully know, what you'll need from them, and what you can offer them. …

HTML5 Progress Bars

Comprehensive research by Zoltan Hawryluk on the <progress> element. Screenshots of default styling across different browsers, overriding that default styling, shadow dom, polyfills, states, and fancy replacement tricks.…

WebKit Selector Performance Changes

Nicole Sullivan covers some of Antti Koivisto's work on making CSS selectors faster in WebKit. Clever stuff, which Nicole helps make understandable for all of us. Mostly stuff that helps the browser "rule out" selectors more quickly. I hope other browsers can take the ideas and use them where they can and continue their own innovations. Selector performance is already something that we pretty much don't need to worry about it, I'd love it if we never had to think …

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.…