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Issue 163

Difficult data, CSS Houdini, font loading, position: sticky, and more browser news.

Rachel Andrew
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Issue 163

This week we have more news of CSS features making their way into browsers, plus thoughts on designing with difficult data, Houdini, font loading and sticky positioning. Lots of good stuff!

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Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News

New in Chrome 69  |  Web  |  Google Developers

Last week we celebrated the latest Firefox release, however we also had the latest Chrome - marking Chrome being 10 years old. That fact doesn't make me feel old at all!

Chrome 69 has Scroll Snapping, conic gradients, Display Cutouts (aka notches) and more.

Firefox 63 for developers - Mozilla | MDN

Firefox 63 is now the Beta version and as part of my work for MDN I've been documenting some of the additions, you can find links to those and more in these release notes.


Design with Difficult Data · An A List Apart Article

An excellent piece on designing with data which reflects all the edge cases. We come up against this a lot in our CMS Perch, as the UI can be translated. Switching between Japanese and German is likely to throw up all kinds of interesting issues with the size of labels!

Creating sliding effects using sticky positioning | CSS-Tricks

Some nice examples of using position: sticky.

Houdini Spellbook

A microsite explaining CSS Houdini, readers of this newsletter might be especially interested in the info about the Layout API.

The Font Loading Checklist—

Not layout, but given that so many of the interesting things we can do design-wise come down to creative use of Webfonts, I'm pretty sure all of us wonder from time to time the best way to load fonts. Here is a checklist of key things to know.

Create your design system, part 4: Spacing – CodyHouse – Medium

This series of posts on creating your own design system has plenty of good stuff. In this article, we learn about spacing.


Color Cycling with Workers -

A lovely subtle effect, with a whole lot of interesting behind the scenes knowledge in this post about using the animation technique of color cycling.

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