Everything You Need To Know About CSS Selector Specificity

There’s an obscure topic of CSS that I think many people aren’t aware of. It’s called “specificity”. I suppose it’s not as glamorous as rounded corners, drop shadows or animations but it's still just as important in your day to day work as any other part of CSS…

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Guide to CSS Font Stacks: Techniques and Resources

CSS Font stacks are one of those things that elude a lot of designers. Many stick to the basic stacks Dreamweaver auto-recommends or go even more basic by just specifying a single web-safe font. But doing either of those things means you’re missing out on some great typography options. Font stacks can make it possible to show at least some of your visitors your site’s typography exactly the way you intend without showing everyone else a default font. Read on for more information on using and creating effective font stacks with CSS…

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How to Build a Simple Button with CSS Image Sprites

The button is one of the most common elements in the world of the web. In modern web design buttons are used not only on forms, but also as visual aids that draw attention to important elements of the page. Let’s take a look at building a simple button using CSS image sprites, starting right at the beginning in Photoshop and finishing with the complete coded example. A good one for anyone getting started with CSS…

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21 Awesome @font-face Embeddable Typefaces

While @font-face may not work in all browsers, it’s still one of the best solutions available today. Of course not all type foundries will let us embed their fonts on our webpages. There are solutions like Typekit which look very promising but today we’ll simply go over the @font-face CSS property and show examples of over 20 fonts that are free to use with @font-face…

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How To Use Pure CSS To Style Web Form Dynamically

Pure CSS styling of web form can be achieved by changing the border colour or background colour but how about styling a textfield and textarea with a nice round corner background image?

Let’s use a contact us form as an example to demonstrate this tutorial. This simple tutorial will show you how you can style your textfield and textarea in you web form with background image dynamically…

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Pseudo Drop Caps with CSS

They’ve been around for a while now, appearing in magazines, print and now the web. Designers and developers alike have experimented with multiple workarounds from using inline styles to using image replacement but with both of these solutions there are problems. For example, what happens when you recreate your site and decide that you no longer want to upload the drop cap images, you’re now going to left with a broken image at the start of every single post that you had previously created, this is obviously assuming you haven’t used text-indent. How do we go about creating this with Cascading Style Sheets…

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The Z-Index CSS Property: A Comprehensive Look

Most CSS properties are quite simple to deal with. Often, applying a CSS property to an element in your markup will have instant results — as soon as you refresh the page, the value set for the property takes effect, and you see the result immediately. Other CSS properties, however, are a little more complex and will only work under a given set of circumstances. The z-index property belongs to the latter group. z-index has undoubtedly caused as much confusion and frustration as any other CSS property. Ironically, however, when z-index is fully understood, it is a very easy property to use, and offers an effective method for overcoming many layout challenges…

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How to simplify your markup using ID for anchors

CSS Signatures are all the rage these days. If you’re not familiar with a CSS Signature, it’s basically nothing more than an ID on your body tag. The fundamental purpose of the CSS Signature is to allow a user to specify style adjustments to your site in their own user style sheets. Whether or not users are actually capitalizing on this is a discussion for another day, but doing this has other benefits like having an extra id to use when dealing with CSS specificity. Additionally, we can use this to capitalize on a little known fact about HTML and anchors: you can use anchors to jump to any element on your page with an ID attribute…

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CSS: Design Out Of The Box

Are you tired of your typical columned and boxed layout? It is time to learn how to break out of the box and do something creative. In this post, I’ve collected some of the best examples that are designed out of the box. I’ve also provided some quick CSS tips with demo files on how to break out of the box by creatively using background images and the CSS position property…

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11 Classic CSS Techniques Made Simple with CSS3

We’ve all had to achieve some effect that required an extra handful of divs or PNGs. We shouldn’t be limited to these old techniques when there’s a new age coming. This new age includes the use of CSS3. In this tutorial, you’ll see eleven different time-consuming effects that can be achieved quite easily with CSS3…

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