January 21st, 2020

January 15th, 2020 was the day Microsoft Edge went Chromium. A drop in browser engine diversity. There is a strong argument to be made that’s not good for an ecosystem. Looked at another way, perhaps not so bad: Perhaps diversity has just moved scope. Rather than the browser engines themselves representing diversity, maybe forks of the engnies…

The Best Color Functions in CSS?

January 20th, 2020

I’ve said before that HSL is the best color format we have. Most of us aren’t like David DeSandro, who can read hex codes. HSL(a) is Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and alpha, if we need it. hsl(120, 100%, 40%) Hue isn’t intuitive, but it’s not that weird. You take a trip around the color wheel from…

Timeless Web Dev Articles

January 18th, 2020

Pavithra Kodmad asked people for recommendations on what they thought were some of the most timeless articles about web development that have changed their perspective in some way. Fun! I’m gonna scour the thread and link up my favorites (that are actually articles, although not all of them are super directly related to web dev)….

NetNewsWire and Feedbin

January 16th, 2020

NetNewsWire is one of the classic RSS apps, debuting in 2002. I was pretty stoked when it went 5.0 and was open-sourced in August 2019! You can snag it right here. (Sorry, Mac only.) It’s super nice, is fast, and looks great. It has just the right features. But… I thought, at least at first,…

Thinking Through Styling Options for Web Components

January 16th, 2020

Where do you put styles in web components? I’m assuming that we’re using the Shadow DOM here as, to me, that’s one of the big draws of a web component: a platform thing that is a uniquely powerful thing the platform can do. So this is about defining styles for a web component in a…

The Deal with the Section Element

January 15th, 2020

Two articles published the exact same day: Bruce Lawson on Smashing Magazine: Why You Should Choose HTML5 <article> Over <section> Adam Laki on Pine: The Difference Between <section> and <div> Element They are comparing slightly different things, but they both involve the <section> element. I find it pretty clear when you reach for a <div>:…

Debunking the Myth: Accessibility and React

January 15th, 2020

I find it notable when the blog of a major accessibility-focused company like Deque publishes an article called Debunking the Myth: Accessibility and React. Mark Steadman is essentially saying if a site has bad accessibility, it ain’t React… it’s you. The tools are there to achieve good accessibility. React didn’t use a <div> for a…

CSS-Only Carousel

January 10th, 2020

It’s kind of amazing how far HTML and CSS will take you when building a carousel/slideshow. Setting some boxes in a horizontal row with flexbox is easy. Showing only one box at a time with overflow and making it swipable with -webkit-overflow-scrolling is easy. You can make the “slides” line up nicely with scroll-snap-type. A…

let vs. const

January 9th, 2020

There are multiple ways to declare variables in JavaScript. We had var, and while that still works like it always has, it is generally said that let and const are replacements to the point we rarely (if ever) need var anymore. This doodle explanation does a pretty good job, if you need a refresher. What…

How Auto Margins Work in Flexbox

January 6th, 2020

Robin has covered this before, but I’ve heard some confusion about it in the past few weeks and saw another person take a stab at explaining it, and I wanted to join the party. Say you have a flex container with some flex items inside that don’t fill the whole area. See the Pen ZEYLVEX…