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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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Web Developer Reading List: CSS Shapes and Masks

reading lists / css

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

While there are many ways to mask content with CSS, until very recently, there weren’t any standardized, reliable methods of wrapping content around images. Lately, that has completely changed: new techniques and CSS modules have pushed web page layouts to the cusp of a revolution in design.

This reading list - constantly edited and growing - attempts to cover all of the applicable methods with useful, practical examples.

See the Pen position: sticky example by Dudley Storey (@dudleystorey) on CodePen.

position sticky: scroll-to-top-then-fixed in pure CSS

css / positioning

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

For a time “dynamic fixed” elements were the hot web design feature: scroll a site and everything moved as expected, but when a particular element (often a menu bar, sometimes an advertisement) reached the top of the page it would fix itself in place, while the rest of the document continued to scroll underneath it. Scroll back, and the element would reattach itself to the document.

This behaviour - a dynamic hybrid between the standard position: static and position: fixed - was often added to a page with JQuery, via one of a hundred different plugins. Like many popular features, it was eventually adopted into an official specification, meaning that the effect could be achieved with native CSS, with no frameworks, scripts, or other dependencies… but in this case, the adoption process was (and continues to be) somewhat troubled.

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Web Developer Reading List: Text Effects

reading lists / css

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Text effects must be carefully applied in web design: they’re easily overused, and can look gaudy. But if you do need them, there’s a range of possible techniques.

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