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Amplify, Amplified

First, quickly: AWS Amplify has a new Admin UI. Amplify always had a CLI that helps you build projects by setting up stuff like auth, storage, and APIs. That’s super useful, but now, you can do those things with the new Admin UI. And more, like model your data (!!), right from a local UI. That’s great for people like… me (I like my GUIs). Now,...

How to Make an Area Chart With CSS

You might know a few ways to create charts with pure CSS. Some of them are covered here on CSS-Tricks, and many others can be found on CodePen, but I haven’t seen many examples of “area charts” (imagine a line chart with the bottom area filled in), particularly any in HTML and CSS alone. In this article, we’ll do just that, using a semantic and accessible...

Painting With the Web

Matthias Ott, comparing how painter Gerhard Richter paints (do stuff, step back, take a look) to what can be the website building process and what can wreck it: […] this reminds me of designing and building for the Web: The unpredictability, the peculiarities of the material, the improvisation, the bugs, the happy accidents. There is one...

A Microsite Showcasing Coding Fonts

We made one! It’s open source if you want to make it better or fix things. There are quite a few purpose-built fonts for writing code. The point of this site is to show you some of the nicest options so you can be aware of them and perhaps pick one out to try that suites your taste. We used screenshots of the code to display...

How to Add Text in Borders Using Basic HTML Elements

Some HTML elements come with preset designs, like the inconveniently small squares of <input type="checkbox"> elements, the limited-color bars of <meter> elements, and the “something about them bothers me” arrows of the <details> elements. We can style them to match the modern aesthetics of our websites while making use of their functionalities....

Under-Engineered Responsive Tables

I first blogged about responsive data tables in 2011. When responsive web design was first becoming a thing, there were little hurdles like data tables that had to be jumped. The nature of <table> elements are that they have something a minimum width depending on the content they contain and that can easily exceed the width of a small screen device....

Native CSS Masonry Layout In CSS Grid

Rachel Andrew introducing the fact that masonry layout is going to be a thing in native CSS via CSS grid layout. The thing with masonry is that we can already do it for the most part, but there is just one thing that makes it hard: doing the vertical-staggering and having a left-to-right source order. So that’s what this new ability will solve in addition...

Super Tiny Icons

A bunch of SVG icons (of popular things) all under 1KB. SVG is awesome for golfing. I was going to add a CodePen logo but there is already one in there at 375 Bytes. I’ve got one at 208 Bytes, based on a logo update David DeSandro did for us a couple years back. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The post Super Tiny Icons appeared first...

Lots of Ways to Use Math.random() in JavaScript

Math.random() is an API in JavaScript. It is a function that gives you a random number. The number returned will be between 0 (inclusive, as in, it’s possible for an actual 0 to be returned) and 1 (exclusive, as in, it’s not possible for an actual 1 to be returned). Math.random(); // returns a random number lower than 1 This is...

A Complete State Machine Made With HTML Checkboxes and CSS

State machines are typically expressed on the web in JavaScript and often through the popular XState library. But the concept of a state machine is adaptable to just about any language, including, amazingly, HTML and CSS. In this article, we’re going to do exactly that. I recently built a website that included a “no client JavaScript” constraint and...

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