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A Valentine's Day special: A web component to show hearts on your website

Multicolored hearts randomly placed on a black background, yellow, red, blue and green

While learning about web components a few months ago, I wanted to create my first (useless) little component as a package on NPM. In this article a little tutorial on how I created my first basic web component with LIT, Typescript, using an easy setup with Vite. I will be sharing how to do the setup, some of the ideas behind it, and some of the gotchas.

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Getting into web components - an intro

The year 2024 might be a big one for web components and I for one am excited about this. Truth be told - a few months ago - I barely knew anything about them as I thought they were just this niche thing floating around on the web. But a lot of buzz is being created. So I wanted to learn more about them. I can now proudly say I published my first (useless) web component on npm - a Valentines special - for-love element.

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CSS Scroll Snapping Aligned With Global Page Layout: A Full-Width Slider Case Study

Smashing Magazine

Have you run into a situation where you need the padding of one element to align with the padding of another element? It’s a common debacle, especially when a page layout is set with global padding? In this article I demonstrate that issue with a full-width slider component that breaks out of the main page container using a couple of techniques to keep it visually aligned with other elements on the page.

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Animations and transitions from and to display none with @starting-style

A todo list that is animated

One of the frustrating things when animating elements was not being able to transition to and from display none. Related to that, it also wasn’t an easy feat to use transitions for elements entering the DOM. In Chrome 117 we have the release of @starting-style, which will make animating or transitioning those cases a lot more convenient.

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Open UI and the Popover API

Open UI logo

If it pops, it belongs in HTML and CSS! Lately, I had a lot of fun playing around with this upcoming feature. The first version is being developed and it's starting to look pretty good. It's time to handle our basic popovers without the explicit need of JavaScript.

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Practical uses of the :has() relational pseudo class

text that contains :has()

The :has() relational pseudo class has landed in Chrome and Safari and even though it gets less hype than for instance container queries, I believe this little pseudo class contains a lot of improvements to the way we write CSS today.

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The details element, collapsing content without the hassle

accordion in html and css

Some HTML5 elements seem to have the tendency of not being picked up by developers. Although widely supported, we still seem to use collapses with the use of a JS library instead of using a native element. In this little post, I want to highlight the details element a bit.

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A lot of power with little JavaScript, the HTML dialog element is here

Dialog visual styled with html and css

With Safari (15.4) being one of the last to implement the dialog element, a lot of browsers have great support for this element.. Goodbye to huge JavaScript libraries and welcome to the native HTML5 dialog element. This is beauty and simplicity on the web in its purest form. It's accessible, customisable and most of all: easy to use.

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Using best practices to create CSS scroll snapping tabs

Snapping finger with tabs

Scroll snapping is hip and while we all have styled numerous sorts of tab panes and scroll boxes, I had an idea of combining them. What started out as a simple “scroll snapping experiment” turned out to be an accessibility study. How should scroll snapping tabs behave when using keys? By reading some best practices, I believe I found an elegant solution.

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