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The HTML, CSS, and SVG for a Classic Search Form

Let’s build a search form that looks like this: That feels like the absolute bowl-it-down-the-middle search form right now. Looks good but nothing fancy. And yet, coding it in HTML and CSS I don’t think is perfectly intuitive and makes use of a handful of decently modern and slightly lesser used features. The Label-Wrapping HTML […]

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Feedback on Masonry Layout

Jen Simmons posted Help us invent CSS Grid Level 3, aka “Masonry” layout over on the WebKit blog the other day and is actively soliciting feedback. Our hope is that web designers and developers chime in (post to social media, write blog posts) with your thoughts about which direction CSS should take. Don’t mind if I do. Do […]

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The Front End Developer/Engineer Handbook 2024 — A Guide to Modern Web Development

We just released the highly anticipated Frontend Handbook 2024, by Cody Lindley! The handbook provides an in-depth overview of the skills, tools, and technologies necessary to excel as a front-end developer / engineer. With 38,000 words of practical knowledge and advice, it covers the core technologies—HTML, CSS, and JavaScript—and how they form the foundation of […]

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Faces.js and Playing with Densely Packed Grids

I only just recently saw Faces.js, a library for producing controllable cartoony avatars. It was launched in 2012, so I’m a little late to the party. It produces faces (busts, really) randomly, or with certain parameters locked to what you want. I think that’s a really cool idea, and if you needed this kind of […]

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What’s Going On in Dark Theme / Light Theme Land

There has been a fresh round of enthusiasm and writing around light mode / dark mode support for the web lately. I think it’s driven partially by the new light-dark() function in CSS (CSS Color Module Level 5 spec) that makes it easier to declare values that change depending on the mode. Here’s the basic […]

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Things That Can Break aspect-ratio in CSS

CSS has an aspect-ratio property, which has had full support since around 2021. It can be a very satisfying property to use, because it can help match how your brain 🧠 works or what the desired design outcome does better than forcing dimensions does. “I need a square here” or “I need to match the […]

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Document Collaboration (with Comments!)

There are a million document editing apps on the web. There are so many potential features that they can find customers depending on the perfect set of those features. Markdown supported? Markdown focused, or can you do more elaborate formatting? Collaborative? Realtime collaborative? Does it track history? What formats can it export it? Integrations? There […]