August 2009 Archives - Broken Links Archive

Print-style headlines with CSS 3

I was admiring the layout of a front page splash of a newspaper supplement yesterday, and realised that with (some) modern browsers we can replicate the effect using CSS alone. I’ve knocked together a quick demo using the transform property which is available in Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4.

The best thing about it is that it uses only a single block-level element, so nicely degrades to a heading only.

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Choosing the right type for your website

As I get ready to kick off a couple of personal web projects, I’ve been reading Enric Jardí‘s book, Twenty two tips on typography*, a primer on what works and what doesn’t in typography.

Although Jardí mainly works on type for print, most of the rules also apply to type for the web. In this article I’m going to highlight five of his tips which are useful in deciding upon the right type for a project.

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New background rules in Firefox 3.6

The latest alpha release of Firefox 3.6 (3.6a1) contains some new rules for providing backgrounds to elements: multiple background images, background-size, and an implementation of the Webkit gradient proposal (modified from the original — more on that later).

I’ve put together a very rough demo of what you can do with these new rules; you’ll require a recent build of Firefox 3.6 or Webkit to view it. Try resizing the window to different dimensions, and see how it changes.

Here’s an explanation of how I did it:

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background-size implemented in Firefox 3.6

Firefox 3.6 has become the latest browser to support the CSS3 background-size property (although the first to do so according to the latest W3C spec.).

Using it is pretty simple:

div {
background-image: url('image.png');
-moz-background-size: 80%;

This, along with multiple background-images, is going to go a long way towards cleaning up mark-up and prettifying the web.


I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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