Archive for the ‘CSS’ category

How to use Modernizr

10 November 2009, in CSS, HTML, Tools | 134 comments »

There is a tool that came to make our lives as progressive web designers a bit easier: Modernizr. In this short tutorial, learn how to apply this handy script to maximum effect on your sites.


Floated lists with CSS3 and jQuery

2 October 2009, in CSS, Javascript | 19 comments »

We should all be using advanced CSS selectors by now—they make our lifes so much easier! In this quick tutorial, I’m going to explain how you can have a nicely floated list of items. We will use jQuery to make sure IE understands it too.


Belgian beer types, or how to style a definition list the CSS3 way

30 July 2009, in CSS, HTML | 8 comments »

Definition lists are an often forgotten HTML element, but they can be used in a wide variety of ways, and are actually the most semantically accurate element in many cases. So let’s see how we can mix up beer, HTML and CSS3, while explaining the purpose of the definition list element.


Styling a poem with advanced CSS selectors

15 June 2009, in CSS, HTML | 31 comments »

CSS3 selectors offer endless possibilities of targeting specific HTML elements without the need of extra markup (which was already possible with previous versions of CSS). This time, I’m going to style the popular nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” using advanced CSS selectors, all in less than 5 minutes!


An ode to border-radius

27 April 2009, in CSS | 36 comments »

Ah! Border-radius: web designer’s sweetheart and (sadly) the one that IE8 forgot, destroying many a web designer’s dreams. In this post I’m going to explain how it works, what are some of the cross-browser alternatives, and showcase some websites that took a step ahead and implemented it.

Adding style with CSS: beautiful text

25 April 2009, in CSS, HTML | 4 comments »

This may seem like a no-brainer, but adding style to your HTML is not just about adding pretty backgrounds and borders. The foundation of a good looking site has to be, with a couple other things, the way text is set. So let’s see how, with just a few lines of very simple CSS, we can quickly make our type a bit more beautiful and easier to read.


A tidier Internet Explorer stylesheet

31 January 2009, in CSS, HTML | 6 comments »

Until recently, I used to separate my IE only stylesheets as ie6.css and ie7.css (and sometimes even ie.css), but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how inefficient and long winded this process really is. It has made me realize that I could just as easily use IE CSS filters to my advantage, and merge these separate .css files into a singular Internet Explorer specific CSS file, which would be much more efficient in the long run.


Adding style with CSS: a beautiful table

31 January 2009, in CSS, HTML | 8 comments »

I’ve always enjoyed styling tables. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to it and I just love the process of adding little bits of love and care to completely transform a dull and drab table into something fun, lively and pleasant to look at. This article will go into one of the diverse ways in which I style them and I hope it inspires you to make your own exciting tables.


Adding style with CSS: a beautiful form

31 January 2009, in CSS, HTML | 17 comments »

Forms don’t have to be ugly and boring, and certainly don’t have to be inside tables to look nice and aligned.
In this post we’ll take look at how to style a beautiful form using the power of semantic HTML and CSS.


How to start a CSS file

30 January 2009, in CSS | 5 comments »

If you’re just taking your first steps into learning CSS, the moment where you need to actually start writing some code may be a bit daunting. You’ll probably end up asking yourself:

  • Where do I start?
  • What should be the first thing on my stylesheet?
  • How should I organize my code?
  • Are there any conventions?