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Using the `outline` Property as a Collapsable Border

The outline property in CSS draws a line around the outside of an element. This is quite similar to the border property, the main exception being that outline isn’t a part of the box model. It is often used for highlighting elements, for example, the :focus style. In this article, let’s put a point on it, leaning into what outline is good at:...

Links on Typography

I studied the fonts of the top 1000 websites. Here’s what I learned. — Michael Li brings the data. San-serif has total dominance. “[…] it is rare to go below 10px or above 24px.” And poor <h5> always being the same size as <p>. Makes me feel extra sad for <h6>, are you destined to be smaller than body copy?How tracking and kerning...

Perfect Tooltips With CSS Clipping and Masking

Clipping and masking have been around for a while now in CSS and even have pretty decent browser support. I recently worked on a project that needed to use a clipping technique for tooltips showing above links in text. Those tooltips have two designs based on their content: One design is a tooltip that contains plain text against...

Start Serving Optimized Images in Vue

Images have become extremely important to the effectiveness of websites. They speak a 1000 words, attract attention, and stimulate emotions. However, web performance is also a growing problem for most websites. And images are at the heart of many web performance issues. According to HTTP Archive, images are at least 50% of total website payloads....

Inline Styles as Classes (lol)

If you’re abhorred by using inline styles, just move that style to the class attribute! And then make sure you have CSS in place that, ya know, does what it says on the box. I've revolutionized CSS. pic.twitter.com/1AWCldyCwP— Sam Thorogood (@samthor) June 10, 2021 OK lemme dig in and totally ruin the joke. First...

Useful and Useless Code Comments

Jim Nielsen: If somebody says a comment isn’t adding any value, I would ask: to whom?Personally, I’ve never liked the advice that writing obvious comments is bad practice—probably because I write obvious comments all the time. Jim showed off some examples of “code comments that are at the same level of fidelity as the code itself.” Those...

How I Used the WAAPI to Build an Animation Library

The Web Animations API lets us construct animations and control their playback with JavaScript. The API opens the browser’s animation engine to developers and was designed to underlie implementations of both CSS animations and transitions, leaving the door open to future animation effects. It is one of the most performant ways to animate on the Web,...

Detect Unused Classes in… HTML

Usually, when “unused” comes up in conversation regarding CSS, it’s about removing chunks of CSS that are not used in your site or, at least, the styles not currently in use on a specific page. The minimal amount of CSS is best! I’ve written about how this is a hard problem in the past. In JavaScript-land, the equivalent is tree shaking (removing unusued...

Media Queries in Times of @container

Max Böck took me up on my challenge to look through a codebase and see how many of the @media queries could ultimately become @container queries. I took the bait and had a look at some of my projects – and yes, most of what I use @media for today can probably be accomplished by @container at some point. Nevertheless, I came up with a few...

Just How Niche is Headless WordPress?

I wonder where headless WordPress will land. And by “headless” I mean only using the WordPress admin and building out the user-facing site through the WordPress REST API rather than the traditional WordPress theme structure. Is it… big? The future of WordPress? Or relatively niche? Where’s the demand? Certainly,...

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