Why Your HTML And CSS Mastery Are Not Enough

Shortly after the new year started, Jeff Croft wrote an article titled, Web Standards Killed The HTML Star, which attracted my attention. It was’t so much for what the article was specifically about, but because what it said connected to something I wrote around the same time on design becoming a commodity.

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Why Native CSS Variables Will Be A Good Addition

On Monday I walked through css custom properties for cascading variables and mentioned that some people have objections to variables becoming part of the css language. Two notable objectors are Jeremy Keith and Chris Coyier.

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CSS Variables — How To Use Custom Properties For Cascading Variables

A few years ago one of the more requested features in css was the ability to create variables. With so many repeated values across a stylesheet, the abstraction makes a lot of sense. Then along came preprocessors like Sass and Less and we had variables. The talk for wanting them directly in css quieted down.

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REMs And Viewport Measurements — Why You Shouldn’t Use Them Yet

Designing for the web means designing flexibly. It means dropping absolute measurements and adopting relative ones like em and %. There will be exceptions, but for most things you should be using relative measurements.

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An Introduction to CSS Custom Filters — Shader Basics

The last couple of weeks I’ve been walking through the css filter effect spec as best as I could. First was a look at named filter functions, which was followed by a look at filter primitives. There’s one last css filtering topic to cover and that’s custom filters or css shaders.

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