I’m Dudley Storey, the author of Pro CSS3 Animation. This is my blog, where I talk about web design and development with , and . To receive more information, including news, updates, and tips, you should follow me on Twitter or add me on Google+.

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A Sass color keyword system for designers. Replaces CSS defaults with improved hues and more memorable, relevant color names.

CSSslidy: an auto-generated #RWD image slider. 3.8K of JS, no JQuery. Drop in images, add a line of CSS. Done.

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My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Big, Beautiful Dropcaps with CSS initial-letter

css / typography

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

While it’s long been possible to create traditional dropcaps on the web using the ::first-letter pseudo selector, the process has been difficult: not only does it require a lot of careful, precise , but any changes to the surrounding text, such as altering the typeface or line-height, push the dropcap out of alignment, whereas a good dropcap should always be “top and tail” with its associated text:

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Animated Image Changes with background-blend-mode

css / backgrounds

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Opportunities to animate background properties are limited, but previous articles here have shown that it is possible to transition background-blend-mode with a little thought and cleverness. There’s at least one more possibility, shown above.

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Only You: Using only-child in CSS

css / selectors

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

One step above the :empty selector, :only-child selects elements that are entirely alone within their containers. You might wonder where this could possibly be employed in your , but use-cases are actually surprisingly common:

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