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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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We've only scratched the surface with :has()

Swirly pagination animation with :has() in CSS

The :has() pseudo class is really a powerhouse. There are so many cool and amazing demos being released everyday showing how it can solve everyday problems and how it can replace actions we did in JS for years. In this short article: Some extra things I look forward to when playing around with it.

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Recap of the year, some thanks and best wishes for 2023

Christmas tree in CSS

As we’re slowly entering the end of the year, it’s the perfect time for a little recap. I started this blog somewhere near the end of 2021 and continued this journey in writing about the web in 2022. Some important lessons learned, goals achieved and ideas for the future made.

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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.