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Hi, my name is Brecht De Ruyte, Front-end developer

I'm a self-taught front-end developer and Google Developer Expert 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

Latest articles

Articles overview

Let’s hang! An intro to CSS Anchor Positioning with basic examples

A boats anchor agains a futuristic background with rectangle patterns

The CSS anchoring API is something that I’ve been following for at least a year now, and I’m happy to see that the first level is fully specced. Even though there are still some shortcomings that I’ll cover in this article as well, the available things look pretty solid and will help us a lot in creating some complex layout structures. Besides that, they are very much needed for the future of the HTML Popover API and stylable selects.

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Modern CSS Layouts: You Might Not Need A Framework For That

Smashing Magazine

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of CSS frameworks and libraries, each promising easier styling and smoother layouts. But amidst this abundance, the modern CSS features we have today offer simpler and more flexible approaches without the added dependencies or abstractions. In this article, I demonstrate four CSS utility classes (plus a bonus) using techniques that allow them to be used practically anywhere you need a particular layout — be it Grid or Flexbox — with configurable options.

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Love for photography

photography hobby corner

Morning mist photography

Photography is something I enjoyed for a long time. It all began with capturing landscapes in Belgium. It truly opened my eyes to the beauty of nature that often lies right on our doorstep. There's a calming effect to using a camera and experimenting with shutter speed and aperture. It's a form of personal therapy for me.

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 here, as I kinda gave up on the "instagram thing" for photography.