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Limitations on Styling Visited Links

css / navigation

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Links can be styled any which way you like to provide unique site navigation. These styles can be extended to pseudo states like :hover to create dynamic transitions. However, there are significant restrictions on styling links that the user has previously visited, limitations that are often unexpected and exasperating, especially for designers and developers who don’t understand the reasons why.

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More Text Effects with Blend Modes

css / blend modes

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

While this effect probably has less utility than the other , it’s interesting enough to take a closer look:

From you have I been absent in the spring
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing

Better Backgrounds with Blend Modes

css / blend modes

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Overlays on top of , often used to contain and provide contrast for text, have traditionally been limited a single color, sometimes combined with opacity. After a while, this becomes staid, restrictive and a little boring. For designers, offer many more options, while still allowing backwards compatibility with browsers that don’t yet support blend modes (at this stage, Internet Explorer).

First, let’s look at the basic CSS:

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