How to: Create Panels with matching Heights

Flexbox & History One of the best ways to achieve a row of boxes which match in their heights is with an up-and-coming feature called flexbox. This is particularly important when presenting dynamic content, if you’re using pre-selected, static content then often the best approach to take is just to add a min-height within the CSS for the columns. As soon as the content extends a min-height however they will escape and have differing heights.


Kerning your Typography on the Web

Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between two specific letters or pairs within typography. It’s not to be confused with tracking which is the spacing between letters (letter-spacing) or leading which is the spacing between lines (line-height). The kerning process has been used throughout the history of printed text but is less commonly used on the web.


3 Reasons to Start using Sass Today

Sass is great! So I thought I would write a few brief reasons why you should start using Sass today (if you’re not already – in which good on you!). For those of you who haven’t heard of Sass, it’s a CSS preprocessor. This means that as you write your CSS it gets processed and converted into standard CSS. This means that all the work is done before reaching the browser, so you don’t need any special libraries or extra … Continued


Blur a Background Image (with help from blur.js)

Recently, in a very small project of mine, I wanted to create a full-size image as the background and to blur it a little to create an abstract but interesting backing image. Initially, webkit filters were looked at, which are admittedly limited in terms of browser support, but also gave a nasty looking white edge to the images. So a JavaScript option was considered instead.


Smart CSS layouts with Calc()

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Traditional Box Model and the ‘box-sizing’ CSS property, which, in essence, allowed you to easily create two adjacent boxes with a width of 50% and any amount of padding, because padding was included in the width. In this article I will talk about a different method of achieving this with the help of the ‘calc()’ expression.


Traditional Box Model vs. W3C Box Model

One of the first things you come to learn about when first introduced to CSS is the box model. It works on the condition that every element within HTML is square and the box model defines how each element is then subsequently defined in terms of width and height. Although not explicitly mentioned, it was introduced in 1996 with the CSS1 specification (those were they days ‘ey?).


18+ Web Resources & Tools

Here are a few web tools and resources which I use on a regular basis to help build reliable and fast websites. Most of them are online and well worth checking out (if you haven’t already). They are ruffly split into the categories, ‘Testing & Checking’, ‘Conversion & Compression’, ‘Frameworks & Libraries’ and ‘Text Editors’. Also, if you like this page, but sure to share it with your friends.


Feature Detection with Modernizr

Many of you, if you’re reasonably up-to-date with web design at the moment, will have heard of and used Modernizr but for everyone else out there, this article’s for you. Modernizr is an independent JavaScript micro-library to help you develop modern websites but with graceful degradation. It enables you to specify different CSS depending on if a feature is present in the browser or not (as shown in the example below).



CSS Text Multi-Columns

Columns are lovely things. They allow you to read text easier, make chunks of text look nicer and now with the power and beauty of CSS3 you can make columns dynamically – yey! No more table columns and splitting of paragraphs to achieve the same effect.


Stop CSS Caching After a Change in WordPress

If you’re in the process of developing a WordPress theme, browser caching isn’t necessary and it can be a pain because your theme won’t always update after you have made a change. On the other hand caching plays a crucial role in the speed and download times of websites. So what are we to do? In WordPress it’s actually very simple, if you know what you’re doing, to set up a function to force the browser cache into re-downloading the … Continued


CSS3 Transitions : The Basics

JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery, make easy work of animations and effects when working with websites. They allow you to move, change and fade different DOM elements in your web page, which can improve your website visually and sometimes make it more usable. There are, however, disadvantages to using jQuery, for example, most modern web browsers have the ability to turn JavaScript off and Firefox has a popular addons called ‘NoScript‘ which will also disable JavaScript – and your effects … Continued