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Moving Backgrounds

We often think of background images as texture or something that provides contrast for legible content — in other words, not really content. If it was content, you’d probably reach for an <img> anyway, accessibility and whatnot. But there are times when the position or scale of a background image might sit somewhere between the poles of content and decoration. Context is king, right? If we change the background image’s position, it may convey a bit more context..

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The truth about CSS selector performance

Geez, leave it to Patrick Brosset to talk CSS performance in the most approachable and practical way possible. Not that CSS is always what’s gunking up the speed, or even the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to improving performance. But if you’re looking for gains on the CSS side of things, Patrick has a nice way of sniffing out your most expensive selectors using Edge DevTools: Crack open DevTools. Head to the Performance Tab. Make sure you have the “En..

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The Double Emphasis Thing

I used to have this boss who loved, loved, loved, loved to emphasize words. This was way back before we used a WYSIWYG editors and I’d have to handcode that crap. <p> I used to have this boss who <em>loved</em>, <strong>loved</strong>, <strong><em>loved</em></strong>, <strong><em><u>loved</u></em></strong> to emphasize words. </p> (Let’s not go into the colors he ..

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A Fancy Hover Effect For Your Avatar

Do you know that kind of effect where someone’s head is poking through a circle or hole? The famous Porky Pig animation where he waves goodbye while popping out of a series of red rings is the perfect example, and Kilian Valkhof actually re-created that here on CSS-Tricks a while back. I have a similar idea but tackled a different way and with a sprinkle of animation. I think it’s pretty practical and makes for a neat hover effect you can use on something like your own..

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Caching Data in SvelteKit

My previous post was a broad overview of SvelteKit where we saw what a great tool it is for web development. This post will fork off what we did there and dive into every developer’s favorite topic: caching. So, be sure to give my last post a read if you haven’t already. The code for this post is available on GitHub, as well as a live demo. This post is all about data handling. We’ll add some rudimentary search functionality that will modify the page’s query string..

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AR, VR, and a Model for 3D in HTML

Tucked down somewhere in the Safari Technology Preview 161 release notes is a seemingly innocous line about support for a new HTML element and attribute: Added support for <model src> and honor <source type> attributes (257518@main) Anytime I see mention of some element I don’t recognize, my mind goes straight to Huh! New to me, but probably old news for everyone else. It’s poor posture, I know, as it could just as easily be: Hmm, looks like so..

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Animating CSS Grid (How To + Examples)

I’m pleased to shine a light on the fact that the CSS grid-template-rows and grid-template-columns properties are now animatable in all major web browsers! Well, CSS Grid has technically supported animations for a long time, as it’s baked right into the CSS Grid Layout Module Level 1 spec. But animating these grid properties only recently gained supported by all three major browsers. Shall we take a look at a few examples to get the creative juices flowing? Tabl..

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Getting Started With SvelteKit

SvelteKit is the latest of what I’d call next-gen application frameworks. It, of course, scaffolds an application for you, with the file-based routing, deployment, and server-side rendering that Next has done forever. But SvelteKit also supports nested layouts, server mutations that sync up the data on your page, and some other niceties we’ll get into. This post is meant to be a high-level introduction to hopefully build some excitement for anyone who’s never used Sv..

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More Real-World Uses for :has()

The :has() pseudo-class is, hands-down, my favorite new CSS feature. I know it is for many of you as well, at least those of you who took the State of CSS survey. The ability to write selectors upside down gives us more superpowers I’d never thought possible. I say “more superpowers” because there have already been a ton of really amazing clever ideas published by a bunch of super smart people, like: Using :has() as a CSS Parent Selector and much more by Jen Simm..

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How to Transition to Manifest V3 for Chrome Extensions

While I am not a regular Chrome extension programmer, I have certainly coded enough extensions and have a wide enough web development portfolio to know my way around the task. However, just recently, I had a client reject one of my extensions as I received feedback that my extension was “outdated”. As I was scrambling to figure out what was wrong, I swept my embarrassment under the carpet and immediately began my deep dive back into the world of Chrome Extensions. Unfo..

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