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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.…

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 …