As a front-end engineer, I was always excited to be a part of an assignment where I got to code the markup and CSS from the scratch. Like any other professional, the prospect of implementing my own ideas and exploring fresh techniques, on a fresh project, used to make me euphoric. As time passed by, the number of fresh projects that I was handling increased substantially, and the concept of starting all over again no longer remained an exciting business.
It was a pain to start coding the UI components all over again in each and every project (though I maintained snippets and reused the code, it was not an effective solution for the rework!). It was then I realized the need of maintaining an extensive library of reusable components which could be used across any projects. The idea seemed to be interesting, but the fact was such an effort needed a lot of detailed analysis and extensive testing across multiple platforms and browsers, to be rest assured that, the code be reused without any hiccups across any projects. The idea was to create a framework which was reliable and flexible enough to be reused.Read More
Front end engineering has always remained a niche skill, even with the burgeoning array of techniques and technology available. Today, as we witness the launch of newer frameworks and tools for better web development, on a regular and fast track basis, this domain too has undergone its own super fast makeover! But the core skills to build a solid career in front end engineering has always been the same – passion + HTML + CSS + JS + an unrelenting desire to learn!
Lets analyze and understand the hot and happening technique in the field of front end engineering – ‘CSS preprocessors’, which offers to add mind-blowing features to the Cascading Style sheet language, and equip the modern-day front end engineer with tons of nitro and increase productivity.Read More
Do you want to create beautiful slideshow presentations for the web using just HTML and CSS? That won’t be a problem with Impress.js, a powerful CSS3 transformation framework that lets you convert your HTML content into a slideshow with amazing effects.
Impress.js is a jQuery plugin created on github by bartez which uses CSS3 functionality to create presentations. All the modern browsers will support the stunning visualizations created by Impress.js.Read More
The first two things web developers consider when they need to create an extremely stylish and trendy website are CSS3 and HTML5. The reason for this is the functionality and features they offer and why HTML5 and CSS3 are a major topic for web designers.
Taking this into account, we thought to compile another fresh and cool collection of some professional HTML5 and CSS3 templates. So, here we are with 45 free, but fresh, templates that you can download.
So, enjoy this collection and have more fun in making the web experience more pleasurable and gratifying. Let us have a close look!
Have you refrained from using CSS Gradients because either you didn’t understand them, or thought the browser support for them wasn’t good enough to consider using them in your projects?
Well, it’s time to kill those 1px wide images, my friend.
If you’re just curious about how to use CSS Gradients, this is the place for you. We’ll start with the basics of syntax to very advanced effects with lots of tips and examples.
Remember, learning about CSS gradients is really important since browsers are getting better and better every day. Mobile browsers have good CSS3 support by default.
So, let’s rock!Read More
I’m sure that at one point or another you were designing a website and thought it could use a little something extra. That bit of something that adds extra functionality or enhances what it already has, making it not only easier for the user to receive the information they seek, but also present it in a neat package.
In no particular order, I give you a handpicked collection of jQuery plugins and some CSS3 tricks to top it off. Surely, with these in your designer arsenal, your creations will stand out more than ever before.Read More
So, let’s rock!Read More
We talked about how to improve your HTML forms performance a couple of days ago. There we covered a pretty controversial topic “Don’t mask your passwords”, discussing how bad masking your passwords could be for usability.
At this moment, we basically have two options: mask password field and don’t ask for any feedback, or show password field as text and potentially decrease security.
This is why I think a hover revealing password could be a really good alternative: You can increase your security, and if you are unsure about what you’ve typed just go and hover over it.
So, what we will be doing today is a jQuery plugin to do that, and additionally, we will have a behavior pretty similar to what many mobiles does, where we can see the last character for a couple of seconds. This is a good chance to learn more about plugins, dynamically generated content, and some good coding practices.
So, let’s rock!Read More
Well, we surely have a lot of different ways to achieve similar effects and with CSS the hardest part is to make it look good in almost every browser.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time, if you get one good snippet that does what you want (and you understand what is happening) you don’t need to reinvent it every time you need a simple round corner, right?
Thus, our point here is to collect some cool CSS effects that you should be using:
• Min / Max width (IE included)
• RGBA (IE included)
• Opacity (IE included)
• Image rotation / scaling (IE included)
• FullScreen Background (IE included)
• Background pattern or bullet without image file
• Text Shadow (IE included)
• Multiple borders (IE included)
• Box Shadows (IE included)
• Rounded corners
• Screen reader only accessible content
• Don’t use negative text-indent
• Clearfix (IE included)
• @font-face (IE included)
• Pull quotes without image
• CSS for iPhone4 (higher resolution)
• CSS landscape / portrait orientation for mobiles
So, Let’s rock!Read More
The CSS content property is a powerful way to add content to some elements via CSS. It is good because it allows you to add “formatting content”, that is things that you need in your presentation but isn’t the content itself, like quotes, icons (when you have text along with them), titles (not the text title, the HTML attribute).
But you may thinking now “Well, isn’t content always HTML’s job?” Well, most of the time it is.
Think about it a little bit: when you have a fancy quote, image caption, or even a custom icon for certain links (like “.pdf”), aren’t all these things just “decoration”? They are just there to clarify the message of your content, they are meaningless by themselves.
So we will learn simple and cleaner techniques to get some cool results via CSS! Although our title only mentioned smart quotes, we will do show you some other quick examples to get the most of this cool CSS trick.
So, let’s rock.Read More