CSS leading-trim – The Future of Digital Typesetting

Ethan Wang, who works at Microsoft: In a standard text box, there’s almost always extra space above and below the actual text. Because of this, when you use a text box to measure and implement spacing, it ends up larger than you intended. The bigger the line height, the bigger the problem. You can see […]

“On the origin of cascades“, a talk by @hdv on how CSS came to be

Hidde recently gave a talk at CSS Café on the origins of CSS: It’s been 25 years since the first people proposed a language to style the web. Since the late nineties, CSS lived through years of platform evolution. The cascade, specificity and the enormous choice in values and units set the language up for […]

Legacy to Laravel: How to Modernize an Aging PHP Application

The folks at Tighten: In this post, I’ll present some strategies we use at Tighten to convert legacy apps to Laravel gradually over time, without needing to perform a full rewrite. Whether you’re upgrading from an old framework or moving to a framework for the first time, following these steps will let you start benefitting […]

A Lightweight Masonry Solution

With Masonry being specced in Grid Layout Module Level 2 – and already being implemented in Firefox – Ana Tudor looked into whipping up a lightweight fallback for browsers that don’t support it. 🤔 Masonry Layout? Masonry is a grid layout based on columns, as popularized by Pinterest. Unlike other grid layouts, it doesn’t have […]

Chrome is about to hide parts of the URL

In Chrome 86, we’re going to experiment with how URLs are shown in the address bar on desktop platforms. Our goal is to understand — through real-world usage — whether showing URLs this way helps users realize they’re visiting a malicious website, and protects them from phishing and social engineering attacks. A shame they didn’t […]

Refactoring optional chaining into a large codebase: lessons learned

Lea Verou on how Optional Chaining affected her code, along with caveats and scenarios where it couldn’t be used. Now that optional chaining is supported across the board, I decided to finally refactor Mavo to use it. This is a moment I have been waiting for a long time, as I think optional chaining is […]