CSS Typography: The Basics

Good typography is not only imperative for aesthetic appeal, but also improves site usability when text legibility and readability concepts are applied. Typography is all about proportions and spacing. There are also font styles to consider. How can we use CSS for great typography in our web designs? This is a question we’ll try to answer…

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CSS Floats 101

The float property is a valuable and powerful asset to any web designer/developer working with HTML and CSS. Tragically, it can also cause frustration and confusion if you don’t fully understand how it works. Also, in the past, it’s been linked to some pretty nasty browser bugs so it’s normal to get nervous about using the float property in your CSS rule sets. Let’s calm those nerves and ease that frustration. I’ll show you exactly what the float property does to your elements and how incredibly useful it can be once you master it…

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My New Best Friend: CSS Generated Content

I’ve become obsessed with generated content lately. In an effort to use fewer and fewer images, I’ve started to use generated content more since more browsers support it IE8+, FF3+, Safari 4+, Chrome 4+. The following are a couple of examples I have built for a project to streamline my pages…

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The Font-Face Rule and Useful Web Font Tricks

The possibility of embedding any font you like into websites via @font-face is an additional stylistic device which promises to abolish the monotony of the usual system fonts. It surely would be all too easy if there was only one Web font format out there. Instead, there’s quite a variety, as you will get to know in this article…

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CSS Specific for Internet Explorer

As much as we don’t like to deal with the IE bugs, we still have to face it because your boss and visitors are still using Explorer. It gets frustrating when different versions of Explorer displays web pages differently due to the inconsistent rendering engine. We typically use IE conditional comments to fix the IE issues. But there are more ways than the conditional comments…

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An all CSS button

A few years ago I gave a talk about why a button made a great place to bring in type from a branding element such as a logo. My point was that if the type in your logo was an image, and stylish buttons were also often images, then why not align the fonts in both to bring some cohesiveness to the typography. This was probably four years ago, and we’ve come a long way since. Now, in certain situations, CSS can replace the inflexible image buttons we used in the past. Add on top of that the advances made in @font-face and you have yourself a powerful combination for creating a wide variety of interface elements that are reusable and will degrade well in older browsers…

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