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Making Disabled Buttons More Inclusive

Let’s talk about disabled buttons. Specifically, let’s get into why we use them and how we can do better than the traditional disabled attribute in HTML (e.g. <button disabled> ) to mark a button as disabled. There are lots of use cases where a disabled button makes a lot of sense, and we’ll get to those reasons in just a moment. But throughout...

CSS Pie Timer Re-Revisited

Kitty reflected on an ancient blog post here on CSS-Tricks on how to make an animated pie timer. The old technique is still clever. The new technique is equally clever and much easier. I particularly like the steps() animation function that “flips” the “mask” from side-to-side by rotating a pseudo-element half a turn, That’s just good CSS trickery...

I could build this during the weekend

How many times have you heard that (or even uttered it under your own breath)? I know I’ve heard it in conversations. I also know I’ve wondered the same thing about a product or two — hey, the idea here is super simple, let’s get a couple buddies together and make the same thing, only better! I like João’s take here. He reminds us that the...

Next Gen CSS: @container

Chrome is experimenting with @container, a property within the CSS Working Group Containment Level 3 spec being championed by Miriam Suzanne of Oddbird, and a group of engineers across the web platform. @container brings us the ability to style elements based on the size of their parent container. The @container API is not stable, and...

Distributed Persistent Rendering (DPR)

Like Jamstack, Netlify is coining this term. If your reaction is: great, a new thing I need to know about and learn, know that while Distributed Persistent Rendering (DPR) does involve some new things, this is actually a push toward simplification and leverages ideas as old as the web is, just like Jamstack. It’s probably helpful...

Topframe

This is extremely fun. Jeff Lindsay has created Topframe, and writes: Anybody that knows how to mess around with HTML can now mess around with their desktop computing experience. Topframe is an open source tool that lets you customize your desktop screen using HTML/CSS/JavaScript. The default screen after installing has some hardcore...

Migrating from Parcel to Snowpack

I find build tooling endlessly interesting, especially right now as we’re in a juicy next-gen transitional period with players like Vite, wmr, Snowpack, and esbuild. Hugh Haworth has a good run-down of the new players, and we’ve chatted on ShopTalk about them several times. I especially like it when people blog their personal journeys in moving build...

Variable Aspect Ratio Card With Conic Gradients Meeting Along the Diagonal

I recently came across an interesting problem. I had to implement a grid of cards with a variable (user-set) aspect ratio that was stored in a --ratio custom property. Boxes with a certain aspect ratio are a classic problem in CSS and one that got easier to solve in recent years, especially since we got aspect-ratio, but the tricky part here was that...

Is CSS a Programming Language?

I have a real distaste for this question. It might seem like a fun question to dig into on the surface, but the way it enters public discourse rarely seems to be in good faith. There are ulterior motives at play involving respect, protective emotions, and desires to break or maintain the status quo. If someone can somehow prove...

Links on Typography

A few links that I’ve been holding onto: “How to pick a Typeface for User Interface and App Design?” by Oliver Schöndorfer. I like the term “functional text” for everything that isn’t display or body type. Look for clearly distinct letters, open shapes, and little contrast. This reminds me of how we have the charmap screen on...

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