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Issue 172

Multi-column layout column-span, should you use grid or a framework? CSS Exclusions

Rachel Andrew
3 min read


Issue 172


I'm at Chrome Dev Summit this week, helping to staff the MDN booth. It has been great fun as everyone comes to chat to us about how much they love MDN. We're promoting the browser compat data that we have on the bottom of each property page, such as this one for row-gap. That data is stored in a GitHub repo which anyone can help contribute to. So if you spot some data you can improve please do submit a PR!

I was the technical editor for CSS Master, by Tiffancy Brown and SitePoint have offered me three copies of the book as a giveaway to readers of this newsletter. I will pick at random three email addresses from the people who reply and answer this question.

If you could add any feature to CSS (other than all browsers magically supporting everything immediately) what would it be?

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Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News

Multi-column layout column-span support coming to Firefox

If you have Firefox Nightly, then you can enable the flag layout.css.column-span.enabled and find column-span working. This is work still in progress hence it being behind a flag, but as an editor of the spec it makes me very happy to see this happening.

Project VisBug: An experiment in web design tooling - YouTube

Announced at Chrome Dev Summit yesterday, an "experiment in web design tooling". This is pretty neat and it will be interesting to see where it goes.


CSS Frameworks Or CSS Grid: What Should I Use For My Project? — Smashing Magazine

I often hear folk saying that CSS frameworks are not needed now that we have grid layout. I thought that people were probably using frameworks for more than the grid, so I asked and then wrote up this post considering the responses.

!important // [CSS Grid] on XOTV

A video which looks at the CSS Grid implementation on the Basecamp homepage, including the fallbacks for non-grid browsers being used.

Fun Tip: Use calc() to Change the Height of a Hero Component | CSS-Tricks

A nice technique using calc() to create a nicely formatted hero component at various breakpoints.


Editorial Layouts, Floats, and CSS Grid | Rob Weychert

Rob Weychert writes about a design pattern that he is struggling to create when using CSS Grid, due to the fact that floated items no longer cause text wrapping behaviour once a grid item.

Editorial Layouts, Exclusions, and CSS Grid

My reply to Rob Weycherts' post. I think that Exclusions would be the way to solve this use case. Now, if we can just get some browser support for them!

Why Do All Websites Look the Same? – Member Feature Stories – Medium

The creative results when teams of students were asked to redesign a website and:

"Treat the browser as a blank canvas and create expressive, imaginative visual experiences. Use the technological potential of current web technologies as a channel for your creativity. Do not be constrained by questions of usability, legibility, and flexibility. Have an attitude. "

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