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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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The First CSS Variable: currentColor

css / color

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

CSS variables are slowly making their way from initial draft to browser implementation. But one variable has existed in the specification for years: currentColor. This CSS feature has good browser support and some practical applications, so now is an excellent opportunity to learn how to use it.

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Web Developer Reading List: CSS For Forms and Tables

reading lists / css

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Forms and tables are some of the most information-dense sources of site content, making their clarity and accessibility of paramount importance to users and developers. Unfortunately, the complexity of tables and forms can also make them extremely difficult to style and present well, especially when modern is taken into account.

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Washington D.C. Attacked By Flying Saucers

Dateline Washington D.C.

Frank Bragg reporting

The country was brought to a standstill today when flying saucers – presumably from Mars, although Venusians have also been suspected – appeared over the nation’s capital, intent on destruction. Curiously, they only attacked Pennsylvania Avenue, and have not appeared elsewhere in the country.

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Bigfoot Found, Shot, Killed

Dateline Washington State

Jessica Walsh reporting

The first conclusive proof of the elusive Sasquatch was found today, when one of the ape-men was found and killed by a hunter in the north-eastern corner of the state.

The hunter plans to tour the pelt in the fall.

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Nest of Alligators Found in New York Sewers

Dateline New York City

Ted Sturgis reporting

Years of rumours were confirmed yesterday when a nest of alligators were found in the sewers of New York City, just south of Times Square. The largest, which locals have dubbed “Mugsy”, measures over 21 feet long.

A Designer’s Guide To Flexbox: Understanding Visual Weight

css / layouts

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

One of the most notoriously difficult parts of the CSS flexbox spec to understand is the eponymous flex property, which uses cryptic values like 1 1 auto. Confusion only deepens when the designer discovers that flex is merely a shortcut for properties with even stranger names like flex-grow and flex-basis.

Most explanations of the flexbox spec are fairly technical and dense, with few concessions to visual thinkers. After struggling with the properties and values, I realized that these aspects of flexbox are actually talking about visual weight.

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