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    Prevent Body Scrolling

    One of my pet peeves with fixed or absolute positioned elements is the <body> scrolling while you scroll the the positioned element.  Have you ever tried scrolling a dialog and seeing the page scroll in the background?  Awful user experience, bordering on embarrassing.  Yikes. So what's the best way...

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    CSS user-select

    In my quest to contribute to every Mozilla project possible, I spent some time last Friday making updates to Firefox DevTools.  The JSON Viewer component needed some love so that was first on my list.  While viewing the CSS for the JSON Viewer component, I saw something I...

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    mix-blend-mode: multiply

    One of my favorite interview questions is "how do you stay current on emerging front-end techniques and APIs?"  I always get the standard "blogs" and "RSS" answers but rarely do I ever hear "from gurus on Twitter."  I find that strange because I learn loads from Twitter...

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    Get Element Dimensions After CSS Transform

    I've been playing a lot with meta viewports recently due to seeing many HTML5 TV apps coded explicitly for 1280x720 which you'll see on many HD televisions.  We all know that it's a much better practice to use responsive design than hardcode dimensions but, that aside, meta...

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    Crafting Twelve-Column Layouts with Flexbox

    If there's one thing flexbox excels at, it's twelve-column layouts. In a twelve-column layout, the page is broken into twelve invisible columns. These columns have small amounts of space between them, called gutters. The page is divided into rows, and the containers in the rows take...

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    Add Custom CSS to WordPress Admin

    Believe it or not, I spend an awful lot of time going through my blog's comments and correcting spelling issues, code formatting, etc.; yes, even the comments from way back to 2007.  It's mostly for quality control purposes and ease of reading for my readers, especially the code...

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    Simple Image Lazy Load and Fade

    One of the quickest and easiest website performance optimizations is decreasing image loading.  That means a variety of things, including minifying images with tools like ImageOptim and TinyPNG, using data URIs and sprites, and lazy loading images.  It's a bit jarring when you're lazy loading images and they just...

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    Generating Alternative Stylesheets for Browsers Without @media

    If your CSS code is built with a mobile-first approach, it probably contains all the rules that make up the "desktop" view inside @media statements. That's great, but browsers that don't support media queries (IE 8 and below) will simply ignore them, ending up getting the...

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    Say Goodbye to Vendor Prefixes

    Imagine you're lying on a beach. Waves slide up and down a sandy shore while the warm sun beats down on your skin. You sip a cool, refreshing drink, and sigh as gulls faintly caw in the distance. A gentle breeze lightly brushes your fingers as they...

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    GSAP + SVG for Power Users 2: Complex Responsive Animation

    This is the second article in a series about the GreenSock Animation API and SVG. This series isn't intended for beginners, but rather a deep dive into some of the more exciting and lesser-known features that one can work with after they've gotten past the initial...