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Servers: Cool Once Again

2021-01-23T03:04:03+01:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

There were jokes coming back from the holiday break that JavaScript decided to go all server-side. I think it was rooted in: The Basecamp gang releasing Hotwire, which looks like marketing panache around a combination of technologies. “HTML over the wire,” they say, meaning it makes the server generate and serve HTML, and leaves client-side [more]

You want minmax(10px, 1fr) not 1fr

2021-01-23T03:04:03+01:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

There are a lot of grids on the web like this: .grid { display: grid; grid-template-columns: repeat(3, 1fr); } My message is that what they really should be is: .grid { display: grid; grid-template-columns: repeat(3, minmax(10px, 1fr)); } Why? In the former, the minimum width of the grid column is min-content, which can be awkwardly [more]

How to Create Retro Polaroids on a Clothesline in Adobe Illustrator

2021-01-22T23:08:17+01:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

What You'll Be Creating In this tutorial, you will learn how to make Polaroids hanging on a clothesline using the Mesh Tool. If you'd like to skip this tutorial and just purchase the end result, head over to GraphicRiver to purchase Retro photos hanging on a rope. If you're looking for Polaroid mockups to use [more]

useStateInCustomProperties

2021-01-22T03:05:53+01:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

In my recent “Custom Properties as State” post, one of the things I mentioned was that theoretically, UI libraries, like React and Vue, could automatically map the state they manage over to CSS Custom Properties so we could use that state right there if we wanted. Someone should make a useStateWithCustomProperties hook or something to do that. #freeidea Andrew [more]

Scrollbars on Hover

2021-01-22T03:05:52+01:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

First, scrollbars are a usability and accessibility thing. Second, a rule of thumb: if an area scrolls, it should have a visible scrollbar. But the web is a big place and I like tricks, so I’m going to cover the idea of only revealing them on hover. Even macOS itself¹ hides scrollbars by default, revealing [more]

Lightweight Form Validation with Alpine.js and Iodine.js

2021-01-21T03:04:26+01:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

Many users these days expect instant feedback in form validation. How do you achieve this level of interactivity when you’re building a small static site or a server-rendered Rails or Laravel app? Alpine.js and Iodine.js are two minimal JavaScript libraries we can use to create highly interactive forms with little technical debt and a negligible [more]

New in Chrome 88: aspect-ratio

2021-01-21T03:04:26+01:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Tutorials|Tags: |

And it was released yesterday! The big news for us in CSS Land is that the new release supports the aspect-ratio property. This comes right on the heels of Safari announcing support for it in Safari Technology Preview 118, which released January 6. That gives us something to look forward to as it rolls out [more]