Posts in the CSS category
29 October 2010 by
A couple of years ago, Sitepoint published a book called Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong (reviewed here). The main theme of the book was the use of CSS properties and values like display: table and display: table-cell (see also CSS display property). If you have not come across these before, they allow you to assign table-like behavior to <div> or other elements, such as <p>. In the book, this method is called CSS tables and it seems to be an easy way of achieving grid layouts. Should we be using this method more? Here’s how it works.
18 August 2010 by
I have posted about double borders with CSS before but there was a useful tip by Andy Hume (@andyhume) at a recent London Web Standards meeting where he described the use of CSS3 box-shadow (previously on this blog, Box Shadow and Image Hover Effects) to give the effect of double borders on an element. With box-shadow, if you use zero for the horizontal offset and blur radius values and a small pixel value for vertical offset, this will give you another ‘border’ on any element. If the element already has a border, this means that you can create double borders with different colors. Here’s how it works.
11 August 2010 by
Truth be told, I don’t really know if CSS3 gradients are the next big thing or not but, with increasing support in modern browsers, they are being used more and more. Like many other CSS3 properties, gradients allow us to create image-like properties with a few lines of code, thus saving on image requests, and make it easy to change backgrounds quickly and easily without using Photoshop or Fireworks.
24 May 2010 by
I was browsing a few websites the other day when I came across Stunning CSS3 which promotes a forthcoming book by Zoe Mickley Gillenwater. There are lots of CSS3 properties used on the site but one that caught my eye was the circular ‘Fall 2010’ item near the top of the page. Here, the border-radius property is used to create the circular shape. I have only used border-radius with small radii values before now but larger values allow you to make a circle.
02 February 2010 by
Drop caps are a nice typographic detail that look great on many websites; I’ve used these myself on several examples including Just Holiday Nannies (main page headings) and Occupational Synergy (leading paragraphs). There are a few ways of achieving this effect but the CSS selector I like to use is the :first-letter pseudo-element. This selector is reasonably well supported across most modern browsers (albeit with a few minor bugs here and there). Here’s how it works.
27 January 2010 by
I like to browse a lot of websites with the aim of learning from how others do things. I figure that this is part of my job as a freelance web designer/developer.
22 January 2010 by
The CSS3 box-shadow property is a new way of adding drop shadow effects just by editing a style sheet. There’s no need to use Photoshop! Just open your style sheet in a text editor and away you go. Well, it’s almost as simple as that but not quite. There’s one caveat and that is browser support. The box-shadow property is supported by Firefox and Safari, using their proprietary
-webkit-prefixes, but it’s not supported by Internet Explorer (or other browsers). For this reason, I think the box-shadow property is ideal for adding image link hover effects where the shadow is not absolutely essential but where it provides a nice style enhancement (enrichment) for modern browsers.
18 January 2010 by
08 January 2010 by
A few goodies from my CSS reading list. Some CSS links from around the web
20 December 2009 by
There have been several articles recently that describe advanced CSS methods, usually part of the CSS3 specification (CSS3 Info), and how these push the boundaries of what we can do with CSS. There are some great examples.