#389 — May 1, 2019

Read on the Web

🚀 Frontend Focus

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That Time I Tried Browsing the Web Without CSS — This is very much a ‘what if’ experiment, but Jon explains how the exercise can highlight some accessibility considerations — concluding that “CSS is really a layer of progressive enhancement”.

Jon Kantner

Revisiting prefers-reduced-motion, The 'Reduced Motion' Media Query — Most major desktop browsers (except Edge) now support prefers-reduced-motion, a type of media query that lets you style things differently for users for whom things like elaborate animations, flashing images, or parallax effects may be disruptive.

Eric Bailey

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Digging Into the display Property: Box Generation — A look at the values for CSS’s display property that control ‘box’ generation and particularly those instances where you don’t want any boxes at all.

Rachel Andrew

Perceived Velocity through Version Numbers — How version numbering effects technology choices, plus why the author thinks we need HTML6 and CSS4.

Dave Rupert

Google Docs Showing Edge Chromium Users 'Unsupported Browser' Message? — Our guess is that this is accidental, but the idea of certain (modern) browsers not being supported by mainstream webapps makes many developers bristle.

Tom Warren on Twitter

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📘 Tutorials & Opinion

Oh, The Many Ways to Make Triangular Breadcrumb Ribbons — This design element is quite common on multi-step forms and processes. This post goes into rather extreme depth on four ways to produce them.

Silvestar Bistrović

Essential Guide for Web Performance Optimization — This first in a series focuses on optimizations for the “number one cause of bloat on the web” — images.

Nick Babich

Create An Animated Scroll Cue — Sites often have a subtle cue at the bottom of a page to hint at scrollable content - here’s how to animate it with CSS to draw attention.

CSS Animation

How I Failed the <a> — Use JavaScript to make links do magical things, sure, but don’t break them altogether.

Remy Sharp

Tips for Technical Interviews — Advice on how best to prepare for and survive a technical interview.

Harry Roberts

How to Create and Animate Rotated Overlays — Creating an experimental “reveal” element for interesting page transition effects.

Mary Lou

💡 Tip of the Week

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Automatically applying a dark mode to your site

It's increasingly common for modern operating systems to offer some form of alternative theme, such as switching the appearance of apps and system elements to have a 'dark' look.

The jury is out on whether this is any easier on the eyes, but while we wait for any conclusion, here's something you can do to meet a user's preference.

The prefers-color-scheme media query is a new way to deliver specific styling based on a user's preference, and you can currently use the media query against either light or dark preferences like so:

@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {
  DIV.issue-html {
    background: black;
    color: white;

This currently only works in the Safari 12.1+ but Firefox support is imminent and a Chrome implementation is in development.

Andy Clarke has an excellent practical write-up of how this media query can be put into practice in more elaborate ways.

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🔧 Code and Tools

Fontanello: See Font Info from Web Pages on the Fly — A browser extension (for Chrome and Firefox) that makes it easy to see the typographic styles of any text in the browser via the context menu. I use this a lot on pages where I like the text.


save-page-state: A Chrome Extension to Save The State of A Page for Further Analysis — Provides an image of the viewport, any metadata, and a snapshot of the DOM. Here’s the direct Chrome Web Store link.

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⛳️ Just for fun...

Introducing CSSBattle: The First CSS 'Code-Golfing' Game — The aim of the game is to replicate an image with the smallest possible amount of CSS (and climb the leaderboards). You can play here.

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