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The Raven Technique: One Step Closer to Container Queries

For the millionth time: We need container queries in CSS! And guess what, it looks like we’re heading in that direction.

When building components for a website, you don’t always know how that component will be used. Maybe it will be render as wide as the browser window is. Maybe two of them will sit side by side. Maybe it will be in some narrow column. The width of it doesn’t always correlate with the width of the browser Read article “The Raven Technique: One Step Closer to Container Queries”

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Comparing Browsers for Responsive Design

There are a number of these desktop apps where the goal is showing your site at different dimensions all at the same time. So you can, for example, be writing CSS and making sure it’s working across all the viewports in a single glance.

They are all very similar. For example, they do “event mirroring” meaning if you scroll in one window or device, then all the others do too, along with clicks, typing, etc. You can also zoom in … Read article “Comparing Browsers for Responsive Design”

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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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Turning a Fixed-Size Object into a Responsive Element

I was in a situation recently where I wanted to show an iPhone on a website. I wanted users to be able to interact with an application demo on this “mock” phone, so it had to be rendered in CSS, not an image. I found a great library called marvelapp/devices.css. The library implemented the device I needed with pure CSS, and they looked great, but there was a problem: the devices it offered were not responsive (i.e. they couldn’t … Read article “Turning a Fixed-Size Object into a Responsive Element”

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Fluid Width Video

IN A WORLD of responsive and fluid layouts on the web, ONE MEDIA TYPE stands in the way of perfect harmony: video. There are lots of ways in which video can be displayed on your site. You might be self-hosting the video and presenting it via the HTML5 <video tag. You might be using YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video provider that provides <iframe code to display videos. Let’s cover how to make them all fluid width while maintaining an … Read article “Fluid Width Video”

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Making Tables Responsive With Minimal CSS

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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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Look Ma, No Media Queries! Responsive Layouts Using CSS Grid

Not only has CSS Grid reshaped the way we think and build layouts for the web, but it has also contributed to writing more resilient code, replacing “hacky” techniques we’ve used before, and in some cases, killing the need to rely on code for specific resolutions and viewports. What’s so cool about this era in web development is that we’re capable of doing more and more with fewer lines of code.

In this article, we’ll start dipping our toes into … Read article “Look Ma, No Media Queries! Responsive Layouts Using CSS Grid”

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Responsive Designs and CSS Custom Properties: Building a Flexible Grid System

Last time, we looked at a few possible approaches for declaring and using CSS custom properties in responsive designs. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at CSS variables and how to use them in reusable components and modules. We will learn how to make our variables optional and set fallback values.

As an example, we will build a simple grid system based on flexbox. Grid systems play a vital role in responsive designs. However, building a grid … Read article “Responsive Designs and CSS Custom Properties: Building a Flexible Grid System”