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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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Making and Faking Ordinals on Web Pages

css / typography

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 15 seconds

Ordinals are “counting words” like 1ⁿᵈ, 2ˢᵗ and 19ᵗʰ: they are characters that express position in a series. So-called “superior” letters are used to present some abbreviations in a similar way, such as Mᴹᴱ for the French “Madame”. All of these are forms of superscripted text, commonly used for references to footnotes, chemical compounds, and mathematical exponents.

Unfortunately, superscripted text can be difficult to create and typeset correctly on the web. If you want to use finely detailed layout that includes ordinals on your pages, there are several possible solutions:

Radial Pop-Out Social Media Navigation

css / navigation

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

“Radial” navigation menu examples have been popping up all over the web like mushrooms after rain recently, inspiring some of my students to ask how they are achieved. After reviewing the wide swath of various menus out there, I found that most are JavaScript-heavy and not terribly accessible, causing me to create my own version. In particular, I wanted to make a radial menu meet three goals:

Cross-Fading Background Images with CSS Blend Modes

css / backgrounds

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes


I’ve been working on a method to fade a page background image sequence, like the current Twitter login page. Usually, these effects are “faked” using a background and cover layer, but I was interested in manipulating true background images with .

Quite by accident, I found that Webkit-derived browsers, such as Chrome, Safari and Opera, will actually cross-fade images in the background, given the right combination of . In the interests of that, I’ve presented the basic code here, with more detail to come in a future article. You can also see a fullscreen version and inspect the code at CodePen.

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