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Magic Numbers in CSS. Magic numbers in CSS refer to values which "work" under some circumstances but are frail and prone to break when those circumstances change.

Magic Numbers in CSS

They are usually always related to fonts in some way or another. They are created by an author who likely only tested in their own browser under ideal conditions. FIXED! font-face rendering incorrectly in Chrome. For a while now web designers have been tackling the issue of fonts on the web.

FIXED! font-face rendering incorrectly in Chrome

Times have now changed from the days of designing strictly in web-safe fonts (Arial, Tahoma, Georgia etc.) to using JavaScript (Cufon) to render more fancy fonts. With a huge wealth of fonts (both paid and free) now readily available online to designers, rendering fonts online has become more of an issue. Sure, your website may look great in Photoshop, but how are you going to emulate that intricate font across multiple browsers? There are a variety of font services out there: fonts.com and Google fonts are the big players; however we decided to go down the route of @font-face, as we have a large collection of bought fonts already that we could utilise through @font-face. The @Font-Face Rule And Useful Web Font Tricks. Advertisement The possibility of embedding any font you like into websites via @font-face is an additional stylistic device which promises to abolish the monotony of the usual system fonts.

The @Font-Face Rule And Useful Web Font Tricks

It surely would be all too easy if there was only one Web font format out there. Instead, there’s quite a variety, as you will get to know in this article.


An Introduction To LESS, And Comparison To Sass - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement I’ve been using LESS1 religiously ever since I stumbled upon it months ago.

An Introduction To LESS, And Comparison To Sass - Smashing Magazine

CSS was never really a problem for me, in and of itself, but I was intrigued by the idea of using variables to create something along the lines of a color palette for my websites and themes. Stop Making Sprites (Compass, Sass, and PNG Sprite Generation) | Viget Inspire. Update 01/11/12: new code at the bottom of this post.

Stop Making Sprites (Compass, Sass, and PNG Sprite Generation) | Viget Inspire

Sass has been kicking around for a while, but I hadn’t given it a try until just recently. Sass usually goes hand-in-hand with Rails, Compass makes it so easy to run Sass on standalone projects that I’ve started using it on nearly everything. Don’t use IDs in CSS selectors? ❧ Oli.jp (@boblet) Recently I came across the post by Matt Wilcox called CSS Lint is harmful, ranting about the useful free tool CSS Lint.

Don’t use IDs in CSS selectors? ❧ Oli.jp (@boblet)

The “Don’t use IDs in selectors” suggestion seems to have offended Matt the most, but I was surprised that many commenters also mentioned this as being a reason to avoid CSS Lint. This surprised me because smart people have been saying prefer classes to IDs for a while now. The article was light on reasons why this suggestion might be bad, but it boils down to: The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize. Twice a month, we revisit some of our readers’ favorite posts from throughout the history of Nettuts+.

The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize

This tutorial was first published in November, 2010. So you learned the base id, class, and descendant selectors - and then called it a day? If so, you're missing out on an enormous level of flexibility. While many of the selectors mentioned in this article are part of the CSS3 spec, and are, consequently, only available in modern browsers, you owe it to yourself to commit these to memory. Let's knock the obvious ones out, for the beginners, before we move onto the more advanced selectors. CSS3 Solutions for Internet Explorer - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement Experienced developers understand that CSS3 can be added to new projects with progressive enhancement in mind.

CSS3 Solutions for Internet Explorer - Smashing Magazine

This ensures that content is accessible while non-supportive browsers fall back to a less-enhanced experience for the user. iPad Orientation CSS (Revised) - desideratum.


Ie7nomore.com, just another CSS playground. CSS - Contents and compatibility. CSS > selection styles. A new micro clearfix hack. The clearfix hack is a popular way to contain floats without resorting to using presentational markup.

A new micro clearfix hack

This article presents an update to the clearfix method that further reduces the amount of CSS required. Demo: Micro clearfix hack Known support: Firefox 3.5+, Safari 4+, Chrome, Opera 9+, IE 6+ The “micro clearfix” method is suitable for modern browsers and builds upon Thierry Koblentz’s “clearfix reloaded”, which introduced the use of both the :before and :after pseudo-elements. Here is the updated code (I’ve used a shorter class name too):