Articles by CSS-Tricks

  • I, Website

    There is a famous essay by Leonard E. Read called “I, Pencil“. This is a homage to that. I am a website — the ordinary website familiar to all people who use the internet. Presenting information is both my vocation and my advocation; that’s all I do. You may wonder why I should write a […]

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  • Flexbox and Truncated Text

    Situation: you have a single line of text in a flex child element. You don’t want that text to wrap, you want it truncated with ellipsis (or fall back to just hiding the overflow). But the worst happens. The unthinkable! The layout breaks and forces the entire flex parent element too wide. Flexbox is supposed […]

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  • Creating an SVG Icon System with React

    I recently went to Michael Jackson and Ryan Florence’s ReactJS Training. I was really excited to attend, partially because I had so many questions about SVG and React. There are a lot of bits about working with React and SVG, and especially manipulating it, that aren’t quite supported yet. One of the major gaps for […]

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  • Lingo

    Use with your Favorite Tools Shuffle your visuals between Lingo and the apps you already use. Whether it’s layers, slides, sites, mock-ups, docs, canvases or wireframes, Lingo plays well with others.

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  • Getting Started with CSS Modules

    There isn’t one single approach with CSS Modules to making the JavaScript templates, the CSS files, or the build steps to make them work. In this post, which is part of a series on CSS Modules, we’ll look at one approach. The goal of this post is to get a CSS Modules project up and […]

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  • CSS Rooster

    There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. – Phil Karlton CSSRooster is here to alleviate programmers from the second one – naming things, more specifically, writing class names to HTML tags. How does it work? CSSRooster takes your HTML code as input, including CSS styles, and then writes […]

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  • Annotating Your (Critical) CSS

    The following is a guest post by Wladston Ferreira Filho. We’ve covered critical CSS before, but the technique covered was specific to SCSS. Here Wladston covers the basics and introduces another way to do it, through PostCSS, and shows an example (with data) of the result. Critical CSS is an effective, but all-too-rarely used approach […]

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  • Resilience

    Web browsers have become so powerful that developers are now treating them as if they were a runtime environment as predictable as any other. But the truth is that we still need to deal with many unknown factors that torpedo our assumptions. The web is where Postel’s Law meets Murphy’s Law. So we can’t treat […]

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  • Using Web Fonts at All: Point/Counterpoint

    Adam Morse makes the case against webfonts: Typography is not about aesthetics, it’s about serving the text. If even a small percentage of people don’t consume your content due to a use of webfonts, your typography is failing. All this being said I care deeply about aesthetics, and I’ve found the following two sentiments to […]

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  • The Essential Meta Tags for Social Media

    The following is a guest post by Adam Coti. Follow along as Adam whittles down the necessary meta tags for social media to display rich previews. If you referenced their docs directly, you might end up with a dozen, but in reality, you might be able to get away with as few as five. These […]

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  • Clean Code JavaScript

    Table of Contents Introduction Variables Functions Objects and Data Structures Classes Testing Concurrency Error Handling Formatting Comments Introduction Software engineering principles, from Robert C. Martin’s book Clean Code, adapted for JavaScript. This is not a style guide. It’s a guide to producing readable, reusable, and refactorable software in JavaScript. Not every principle herein has to […]

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  • Modern Day Development Philosophies

    Hopefully This Actually Reduces Support Emails Driven Development Ughck I’m Pretty Sure You’re Going To Do Whatever You Want Anyway Driven Development It’s a Miracle Anything Ships At All Driven Development Don’t Overthink It Driven Development console.log(‘Does this code even get run?’); Driven Development Following the Reese’s Pieces Driven Development I Think I’ve Heard That […]

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  • Introducing iframify

    If you want to check the code directly, be my guest. Also, maybe a demo? At Edenspiekermann, we like to work with styleguides. We shape our design experiences in a matter of modules that we then expose individually in a document for future reference and documentation. However, our technical setup is different from project to […]

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  • A Couple SVG Icon Links

    CSS-Tricks* is created, written by, and maintained by Chris Coyier and a team of swell people. It is built on WordPress, hosted by Media Temple, and the assets are served by MaxCDN. The fonts are Source Sans Pro and Cooper Hewitt. It is made possible through sponsorships from products and services we like. *May or […]

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  • Should I use Grid or Flexbox?

    In my recent presentation at Fluent Conf I demonstrated the common features and also the differences between Flexbox and CSS Grid Layout. Right now, we can only use CSS Grid Layout by enabling browser flags, however once Grid ships there will be many layout tasks where we could argue for the use of Grid or […]

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  • Poll Results: “front-end” and “front end”

    The latest poll around here kicked off asking how you prefer spell this job we all do around here: frontend? front end? Front-End? I asked because 1) I didn’t know if there was a “right” answer 2) Even if there is a right answer, it doesn’t seem adhered to. Right now on the job board: […]

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  • (To use or not-to-use) Classes

    As always, a well-considered response. It got me to thinking though, at least as a mental exercise, if in fact a class-based system is absolutely “required” for a large-scale project/product. Your examples from Shopify (et al) show a range of scenarios that make use of classified CSS quite fittingly. But a part of me also […]

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  • ES6 module loading: More complicated than you think

    One of the most long-awaited features of ECMAScript 6 is the formal definition of modules as part of the language. For years, JavaScript developers have struggled with organizing their code and needing to decide between alternate ad-hoc module formats like RequireJS, AMD, and CommonJS. Formally defining modules as part of JavaScript will eliminate a lot […]

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  • Clarity 2016 Wrapup

    The inaugural Clarity, hosted at the lovely new Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco, just recently wrapped up. Jina Bolton did a wonderful job of wrangling the whole thing together, so huge thanks to her, the volunteers, and sponsors. I was invited to be the Emcee of the event, the resident on-stage jackass charged with introducing […]

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  • Accessible, Simple, Responsive Tables

    There is no single solution to make any table appropriately responsive. That’s what I like about this post by Davide Rizzo: it admits that, then gets on with some solutions. This is a great addition to territory we’ve been treading for a while. Content and Comparison tables There are many types of tables on websites […]

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