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Hi, my name is Brecht, front-end developer

I’m a self-taught front-end developer located in Belgium with a passion for UX and Design. After more than a decade working in tech, I decided to start a little blog for documenting my findings about HTML, CSS and JS with an eye on accessibility and UX.

During the day, you can find me working at iO on a variety of projects. There are a lot of environments I’m working in, the majority of them being Twig or React. But my real niche will always be semantics and CSS, especially now, with the ever fast updates in browser support. It’s a great time to be a front-end developer.

Brecht De Ruyte - front-end developer | utilitybend

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This was CSS day 2023

CSS Day Speakers and lead organizers

Another year, another CSS day. I am not joking or exaggerating to say that this conference has and always will be one of my highlights of the year. Welcoming, top speakers accompanied with just totally geeking out with other CSS people around food and drinks. This was CSS day 2023 - a short summary.

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The button case - Using custom properties for a smart button system

The button case - visual with code example

Recently, I’ve created a presentation named “so, you’re still not using custom properties?” In this article, I want to highlight a part of that presentation. Custom properties have been available to us for quite some time now. And creating a smart button design system is just one of the many things where they can shine.

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Belgium and its beauty

Passionate about photography

Morning mist photography

One of my hobbies is nature/landscape photography. When my beautiful baby girl was born, there wasn't much time to travel the world and so I started to shoot landscapes in Belgium. It gave me a sense that nature's beauty can be closer than you might think.

Most of the images are near my hometown Deinze. A small city famous for its cycling near the Lys river. I added some photos on this website as sort of a "hobby corner". I will update them from time to time, but you can follow my Instagram for latest images.