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Linearly Scale font-size with CSS clamp() Based on the Viewport

Responsive typography has been tried in the past with a slew of methods such as media queries and CSS calc().

Here, we’re going to explore a different way to linearly scale text between a set of minimum and maximum sizes as the viewport’s width increases, with the intent of making its behavior at different screen sizes more predictable — All in a single line of CSS, thanks to clamp().

The CSS function clamp() is a heavy hitter. It’s … Read article “Linearly Scale font-size with CSS clamp() Based on the Viewport”

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How to Make a Media Query-less responsive Card Component

Fun fact: it’s possible to create responsive components without any media queries at all. Certainly, if we had container queries, those would be very useful for responsive design at the component level. But we don’t. Still, with or without container queries, we can do things to make our components surprisingly responsive. We’ll use concepts from Intrinsic Web Design, brought to us by Jen Simmons.

Let’s dive together into the use case described below, the solutions regarding the … Read article “How to Make a Media Query-less responsive Card Component”

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min(), max(), and clamp() are CSS magic!

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How Do You Do max-font-size in CSS?

CSS doesn’t have max-font-size, so if we need something that does something along those lines, we have to get tricky.

Why would you need it at all? Well, font-size itself can be set in dynamic ways. For example, font-size: 10vw;. That’s using “viewport units” to size the type, which will get larger and smaller with the size of the browser window. If we had max-font-size, we could limit how big it gets (similarly the other direction with … Read article “How Do You Do max-font-size in CSS?”

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Simplified Fluid Typography

Fluid typography is the idea that font-size (and perhaps other attributes of type, like line-height) change depending on the screen size (or perhaps container queries if we had them).

The core trickery comes from viewport units. You can literally set type in viewport units (e.g. font-size: 4vw), but the fluctuations in size are so extreme that's usually undesirable. Let's look at a technique for tamping the extremes, but it basically a one-liner now that CSS is evolving!

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Using a PostCSS function to automate your responsive workflow

A little while back, you might have bumped into this CSS-Tricks article where I described how a mixin can be used to automate responsive font sizes using RFS. In its latest version, v9, RFS is capable of rescaling any value for value for any CSS property with px or rem units, like margin, padding, border-radius or even box-shadow.… Read article “Using a PostCSS function to automate your responsive workflow”

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Using a Mixin to Take the Math out of Responsive Font Sizes

Responsive Font Size (RFS) is an engine that automatically calculates and updates the font-size property on elements based on the dimensions of the browser viewport.

If you’re thinking that sounds familiar, that’s because there is a slew of tools out there that offer various approaches for fluid typography. In fact, Chris compiled a bunch of those a little while back. Check that out because it’s always good to know what’s out there and what fits best for a particular task.… Read article “Using a Mixin to Take the Math out of Responsive Font Sizes”

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Fun Tip: Use calc() to Change the Height of a Hero Component

The concept of Fluid Typography was tossed around a couple of years ago. The main idea is that if you know what size your font is at two different viewport sizes, then you can have the font scaling smoothly between the two sizes. We had a jQuery solution for this in FitText (meant of headings, of course) until the calc() function was shipped giving us a pure CSS solution.… Read article “Fun Tip: Use calc() to Change the Height of a Hero Component”

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Fitting Text to a Container

There are a number of ways to go about putting some text in a container and having it size itself to fill that container. There are different technologies we can use and different considerations to think about. Let us count the ways.… Read article “Fitting Text to a Container”