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Gotchas When Publishing Modules in npm and Bower

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Bower and npm are de-facto the package managers of the web. I doubt there are many front-end developers out there who haven’t heard of them or used them to manage dependencies. Whilst many of us use them as consumers, one day you might decide to shar...

My Talk Writing Process

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Some people have a talk preparation process that is super organized and runs like a well-oiled machine. Mine, on the other hand, is a bit messy, but it works for me. Even when a talk looks polished and put together on stage, it doesn’t mean the proce...

CSS Basics: Fallback Font Stacks for More Robust Web Typography

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In CSS, you might see a ruleset like this: html { font-family: Lato, "Lucida Grande", Tahoma, Sans-Serif; } What the heck, right? Why don't I just tell it what font I want to use and that's that? The whole idea here is fallbacks. The browser will try...

CSS Basics: Styling Links Like a Boss

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The web was founded on links. The idea that we can click/tap a link and navigate from one web page to another is how surfin' the web become a household phrase. Links in HTML even look different from regular text without any CSS styling at all. See the ...

CSS Basics: Using Multiple Backgrounds

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With CSS, you can control the background of elements. You can set a background-color to fill it with a solid color, a background-image to fill it with (you guessed it) an image, or even both: body { background-color: red; background-image: url(patt...

CSS Basics: The Second “S” in CSS

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CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets. While most of the discussion about CSS on the web (or even here on CSS-Tricks) is centered around writing styles and how the cascade affects them, what we don't talk a whole lot about is the sheet par...

CSS Basics: Using Fallback Colors

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Something you very much want to avoid in web design is unreadable text. That can happen when the background color of an element is too close or exactly the color of the text. For instance: .header { background-color: white; color: white; } Which c...

Web Animation Workshops Dates for 2018 Announced

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"I'm getting a raise!" This was my favorite quote from last year's Web Animation Workshops, as Val and I covered performance, tooling, and creating animations for SVG, CSS, JS and React. Now we're gearing up for another round of Web Animation Workshop...

CSS Basics: The Syntax That Matters & The Syntax That Doesn’t

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When you're starting to play around with CSS at the very beginning, like any other language, you have to get used to the syntax. Like any syntax, there are a bunch of little things you need to know. Some characters and the placement of them is very imp...

Article Performance Leaderboard

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A clever idea from Michael Donohoe: pit websites against each other in a performance battle! Donohoe is a long-time newsroom guy, so this is specifically about article pages for major publications. Lets state the obvious, this is an imperfect and evo...