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10 CSS selectors you shouldn’t code without. Every time we use CSS, we use selectors.

10 CSS selectors you shouldn’t code without

But despite this, CSS selectors are one of the more neglected parts of the specification. We talk about the big transformations in CSS3 but all too often forget the basics. Good use of selectors makes our day-to-day coding simpler and more elegant. Today I’m going to cover the 10 selectors that often slip our minds, but are both effective and highly useful. The * selector may be the one you remember most easily but it’s often underused. This selector is called an adjacent selector and what it does is selects the element that is immediately after the first element. This selector will only select the direct children unlike A B that will select any level children of A.

<ul><li>List Item With ul <ul><li>Sub list item</li><li>Sub list item</li><li>Sub list item</li></ul></li><li>List Item</li><li>List Item</li></ul> You would use this selector because the usual A B selector will also selected the list items inside the nested unordered list. 20+ resources for learning web design & development. There are tons of blogs, tutorial sites, and other resources out there that can teach you about web design and development.

20+ resources for learning web design & development

But what if you want something a little bit more formal, without actually having to go back to school? That’s where resources like the ones below can come in handy. These sites offer courses modeled after those you’d find (or actually from) leading colleges and universities. They’re a great option if you’re not sure where to start, or if you want to bridge the gaps in your current training. They can also be excellent options if you’ve taken courses in the past, but want to make sure your knowledge and skill-set is completely up to date.

Google Developers University Consortium The Google Developers University Consortium offers a ton of great courses for developers interested in working with Google products. In addition to using the University Consortium for learning, you can also submit a course, including course materials, assignments, lectures, and projects. Udacity. 30 CSS and Javascript Tabs Solutions. Tabs have been around for a long time, they are nothing new, but with so many sites (blogs, ecommerce sites, web apps…) needing to show as much content and navigation as possible, they have never been so relevant.

30 CSS and Javascript Tabs Solutions

They are the perfect web page tidying up solution for organizing cluttered content in a space-limited web page. Separating content into tabs keeps everything nice and compact, clutter free and are always at the ready should a user need it. In this round-up we have a variety of easy to use modern tabs solutions, techniques, tutorials and plugins, most of them make use of a variety of Javscript libraries (MooTools, jQuery…), but you will also find some innovative pure CSS solutions as well.

Sweet Tabbed Navigation Bar using CSS3 Sweet Tabbed Navigation Bar using CSS3 → Demo → CSS3-Only Tabbed Area CSS3-Only Tabbed Area → Demo → 5 Sites Providing Free IT Certification Training. Image Source: There are so many IT certifications out there; where do you start?

5 Sites Providing Free IT Certification Training

What if the expensive study guide you buy ends up being the wrong track for you? Why don’t you start with what’s free? There’s no shortage of Websites offering courses in certifications in video or e-book form. The ones listed below are free and have no obligation. They don’t give you free tests, though some might have sample tests available. ProProfs free resources include a great deal of subject matter as well as thorough study guides, practice questions, and basic information like how much the tests cost and where to take them. Professor Messer The good professor offers a bunch of online video courses in entry level IT careers. W3Schools. 60 free resources you really must try. Finding the right elements for a project can significantly improve the quality of the final product, especially if your deadline’s too tight to build these things yourself.

60 free resources you really must try

Quality is essential if you’re to maintain a professional finish. Fortunately the quality of the resources available to us continues to rise and premium standard resources are everywhere. Here’s a collection of some of our current favorites: Mmenu This jQuery plugin creates slick, app-like sliding menus for mobile sites. Fabric textures. CSS3 calc() function. Free Widgets and Gadgets for your Websites. How to Create an Animated Image Gallery Using HTML and CSS3. The emergence of CSS3 technology has enabled web designers to display images in a more interesting format without the need for jQuery.

How to Create an Animated Image Gallery Using HTML and CSS3

In this tutorial I would like to show you a simple way to animate an image gallery using HTML and CSS3. How to Create an Animated Image Gallery Using HTML and CSS3 HTML Structure Beginning with the classic HTML skeleton, we put all the images that we want to display in a div mark-up: This should display the following in your web browser: The images can now be formatted using CSS3.

Positioning the Photos To position each of the photos we need to set the position value to absolute as demonstrated below: This parameter enables us to position the images relative to their ancestor element, independent of the document flow. After this we need to use the pseudo-class nth-of-type to align each of the images. Left and top for translationrotate - this is a new CSS3 feature which allows for rotation of the images Translation Rotation Adding the Hover Effects Adding Borders. How to use HTML5′s drag and drop. For a long time JavaScript functions have existed that allow us to create drag and drop interfaces, but none of these implementations were native to the browser.

How to use HTML5′s drag and drop

In HTML5, we have a native method of creating drag and drop interfaces (with a little help from JavaScript). HTML5 CSS Easy Drop Down Category Menus details and summary Elements. The Do’s and Don’ts of Dark Web Design. Dark web designs are very popular and can have an elegant and creative appeal.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dark Web Design

They are also perfect for many types of client work however, they are not suitable for every website and should be used only when appropriate. In spite of the striking visual impact that these dark designs can have, many designers don’t know how to effectively pull them off without turning off the visitor. With a dark design comes less readability, less appeal for most readers and less opportunity for conventional design elements.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few tips to make your next dark website design appeal to a broader audience, while letting you, the designer, express your creativity. A recent poll suggests that light designs are preferred by the general web-going audience by a whopping 47%. By contrast, 10% of those surveyed said that they always preferred dark backgrounds for websites, while another 36% said that the best choice would depend on the type of website. So, what’s the right answer?