#391 — May 15, 2019

Read on the Web

🚀 Frontend Focus

Google Fonts Adds font-display Support to Give You More Control over Webfont Loading — Google Fonts is a fantastic service and the font-display property will help you get more control over your webfonts’ loading and display behavior. Contrary to this blog post, you need to use the display parameter when loading fonts, e.g.
<link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lobster&display=swap" rel="stylesheet">

Zach Leatherman

Accessibility Insights: A Tool to Guide You Through a Web Accessibility Check — Available as a Chrome (and Edge Insider!) extension or a Windows app, this tool from Microsoft will guide you through doing an accessibility assessment on a Web site including both automated and manual checks.


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Integrating Third-Party Animation Libraries to a Project — I wasn’t expecting an in-depth tutorial on front-end animation approaches to include a history of Dreamweaver and jQuery, but that’s just how deep this post goes.

Travis Almand

Building a Web Audio API Guitar Pedalboard — This is really fun! You can play with the pedalboard for yourself (no guitar needed, there’s a musical sample available) or just learn how the whole thing was set up.

Trys Mudford

Polypane: A (Paid) Browser for Responsive Web Development and Design — It’s not every day we see a browser aimed at development, but this commercial (with a free trial) Chromium based browser brings some interesting ideas to the table nonetheless.


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📘 Tutorials

Creating a 'Chinese Window Lattice' with CSS — If you like drawing interesting shapes using CSS alone, this is for you and is pretty darn clever in its use of the little seen -webkit-box-reflect.

Yuan Chuan

A Pure CSS onclick Context Menu — The :active pseudo-selector makes it easy.

Simone Vittori

The Parallel Streaming of Progressive Images with HTTP/2 — Image-optimized HTTP/2 multiplexing makes all progressive images across a page appear visually complete in half of the time. Here’s how.

Andrew Galloni and Kornel Lesiński (Cloudflare)

Learn GraphQL by Doing - 2 Hour GraphQL Tutorials for Frontend Developers — A series of open-source GraphQL tutorials with videos. Now featuring tutorials for React, Vue, ReactNative & iOS developers.

Hasura sponsor

SVG Properties and CSS — The relationship between SVG and normal HTML and CSS can seem a little complicated at times, so guides like this are always welcomed. And if you like this, maybe you’ll like seeing how to change the color an SVG on hover.

Katherine Kato

A New (and Easy) Way to Hide Content Accessibly

Zell Liew

How to Combine Sass Color Functions and CSS Variables — This is pro level Sass-work right here. Grab a cup of ☕️

Claudia Romano

4 CSS Filters For Adjusting Color — This is an old post, but still very relevant given our Tip of the Week (below) :-)

Steven Bradley

Styling HTML Checkboxes is Hard - Here's Why


💡 Tip of the Week

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How to style the <audio> tag's standard controls
by Peter Cooper

The <audio> tag is an easy way to include audio playback on a page. You can either include it 'headlessly' and control it via JavaScript, or pass along controls="controls" and see a set of default controls:

The default controls save you a lot of work if your design can tolerate them, but if you Google how to style them, everyone says "You can't!" But, it turns out, you can!

CSS filters are a way to apply various types of graphical effect to HTML elements using CSS and are supported by every major browser. So we can take our <audio> tag, colorize it using the sepia filter and then use hue-rotate and other filters to get the basic color scheme we want.

Here's the code on CodePen if you want to play around, and if you get a taste for playing with CSS filters, there's a fantastic guide to more advanced colorization tricks in Color Filters Can Turn Your Gray Skies Blue.

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🔧 Code and Tools

Tailwind CSS 1.0 ReleasedTailwind is a popular low-level CSS framework that provides useful building blocks for more easily styling things your own way. If you’re already using Tailwind, be sure to check out the upgrade guide.


CSSFX: Simple Click-to-Copy CSS Effects — It really is simple. Here’s a page with 45 different button and loading effects, click on one and you get the code to copy/paste.

Jonathan Olaleye

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headingsMap: Shows the Structure of Headings on Pages — Another tool that’s helpful in performing a basic accessibility audit.

Chrome Web Store

Feather: 279 Minimal Monochromatic Line-Based Icons — These icons are as simple as it gets but cover all the essentials such as alerts, popular services, user icons, etc.

Cole Bemis

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