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Keith J. Grant

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Atlanta, GA
United States

CSS in Depth


It’s Both

I’m a JavaScript developer. I have experience working in large web applications and dealing with the problems that come from scaling up. I studied Computer Science in college and love solving problems of software architecture. I’m also (in case you somehow missed it) a “CSS Guy”. I learned CSS during its infancy in the mid-nineties and have worked to stay up to speed ever since. When I look out at the industry today, it kind of feels like watching parents fight.

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Hello, World Wide IndieWeb!

It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new design! Only this time, the update is more than just a CSS revamp. This year, I join the “IndieWeb”. If you don’t know what that is, read on. Let me introduce you to the newest social network: it’s called the World Wide Web and it’s more than 25 years old. The decentralized social web Social networks bother me. I don’t mean the privacy issues or mysterious sorting algorithms.

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Let’s Talk About Separation of Concerns

There’s been a lot of talk lately about good old Separation of Concerns — primarily in the context of React and the use of inline styles or CSS-in-JS. Advocates of these approaches argue that the language we use (be it JS, HTML, or CSS) is an arbitrary line to draw. And I would say: Yes, language is, for the most part, an arbitrary line. But that’s beside the point. So let’s get one thing straight.

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Your Team Needs a UX Engineer

Recently, after I mentioned that I was the only one on my team that writes the CSS, someone replied, “You’re lucky”. It stuck with me, and I’ve been thinking about it since. The thing is, it’s not luck. It was a deliberate decision made early when the team was first put together. And I think the rest of the developers on my team would think themselves lucky for not having to touch the CSS.

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CSS in Depth

My book is finally for sale! The MEAP is available on Manning’s website. The first three chapters are available now, and others will be rolling out steadily (I’ve actually already completed drafts of six chapters at this point). Until the end of August, you can use my code mlgrant2 for 50% off. Follow @CSSinDepth on Twitter for updates.

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Save Scoped CSS

Update June 23, 2016: The editor’s draft has been updated again. It looks like @scope is gone for good, so this post is now a moot point. The way forward now lies in the Shadow DOM. About a year ago, I wrote about a promising feature of CSS, scoping. I love the idea of this feature, and I think it could be one of the most important changes in the near future of CSS.

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A Quest for Interchangeable Parts

This is a bolt. You may not realize it, but it is a modern marvel. It is a 150mm bolt with an M20 threading. It works in any piece of hardware that is cut with the same size and threading. It can be turned with any 30mm hex wrench. You can reach into a pile of M20-2.50 nuts, made by any manufacturer, pull any one out, and it will fit this bolt.

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Width and Absolute Positioning

I recently came across this question on Twitter: What's the diff on a position:absolute el btw {top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;} and {top:0;left:0;height:100%;width:100%;} ? — Karl Swedberg (@kswedberg) January 28, 2016 “That’s easy”, I thought. “They often seem the same in practice, but width and height are based on the parent (or nearest block-level ancestor). Top, right, bottom, and left are based on the nearest positioned ancestor. Those aren’t necessarily the same element.

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Simply White

Benjamin Moore has declared the Color of the Year for 2016 to be “simply white”. We have reached peak minimalism, y’all. So I’m steering into the skid. Here’s my new design.

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CSS First

In 2003, the CSS Zen Garden went live, and it spearheaded a revolution. At the time, many web designers were still using tables for layouts, and the battle for semantic markup was underway. The Zen Garden showed the world, in beautiful color, what CSS could do. By changing the CSS, you could make the website retro, postmodern, abstract, or elegant. You could move the sidebar to the left, the right, the top, or the bottom of the page.

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