#344 — June 13, 2018

Read on the Web

Frontend Focus

The New (and Old) CSS Units You've Never Heard About — Exploring the newly defined CSS units that have been recently or are going to be implemented in browsers, including lh, vi and grad.

Massimo Artizzu

Manipulating Pixels Using Canvas — If you’ve not worked with the canvas element in the past few years, this is a practical, easy to follow walkthrough of producing some handy pixel-based effects with it.

Welling Guzman

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Image Inconsistencies: How and When Browsers Download Images — Browsers don’t download images referenced in CSS until the CSS object model is built which could lead you to use img tags to load images more quickly.. but Firefox may not behave as you’d expect here.

Harry Roberts

Creating a Bar Graph with CSS Grid — A walkthrough of a cute way to create a basic bar graph using CSS grid layout and variables.

Preethi Kasireddy

▶  Introducing MapKitJS: Bring Apple Maps To Your Sites — Although still in beta, you can now integrate Apple Maps directly on your own site. This video session from WWDC runs through how you could use it. Related documentation here.


▶  Designing Web Content for the Apple Watch — watchOS 5 brings web content to the Apple Watch by rendering rich HTML in Messages and Mail.

Apple Developer

AV1 Video Support Added to 'Can I Use' — Not a lot to see yet as it’s only supported in Firefox and Chrome behind a setting, but this video format could become more significant in future.

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📘 Tutorials

Animating Images and Videos with Curtains.jsCurtains.js uses WebGL to turn images and videos into a plane that can be animated in a ‘curtain’-like way. It’s a striking effect, but be careful not to overuse it.

Martin Laxenaire

CSS Media Queries: A Quick Reference and Guide


Building a Responsive Image as an SVG — How to create a logo that responds to its own aspect ratio.

Nils Binder

Creating a Visual Studio Code Theme — Not your typical frontend work, but as VS Code is built using JavaScript and HTML, many concepts transfer across.

Sarah Drasner

Easier 'Scrollytelling' with position: sticky — A neat effect demonstrated simply and in a surprisingly little amount of code.

Elaina Natario and Russell Goldenberg

Submitting HTML Forms using Vue, React, or Hyperapp

Ogundipe Samuel

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A Comprehensive Guide to Flexbox Alignment — A good primer to help understand how items get aligned along flexbox’s two axes.

Anna Monus

How to Build a Toggle Control 'Smiley Face' using HTML and CSS — A neat trick for this simple visual effect.

Eder Diaz

Deprecations and Removals in Chrome 68 — Chrome 68 will be the stable release in about a month.

Google Developers

Designing Web Content for watchOS — Some early pointers on building pages for the Apple Watch.

Erik Runyon

Keeping Up with Browser Updates

Raymond Camden

Some Time-saving Chrome DevTools Shortcuts

Dmitry Pashkevich

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LuminJS: Progressively Highlight Any Text on a Page — For drawing attention to text or, perhaps, showing progress.

Preet Shihn

Pull to Refresh.js: A 'Pull to Refresh' Feature with No Markup Needed

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Swup: CSS Transitions Between Website Pages

Georgy Marchuk

SQIP: A SVG-based 'Low Quality Image Preview' Technique — Generate tiny SVG-based placeholders on the server side.

Tobias Baldauf

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