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Issue 195

Aspect ratios, DevTools updates, hiding things with a11y in mind, longform content musings.

Rachel Andrew
2 min read


Issue 195

I am back in the UK after a fun few days in San Francisco with the Smashing Conf team. I was running a CSS Layout workshop there. I have some availability later in the year for running workshops, if you would like me to come and do so in your company or at an event. In this post I detail some of my upcoming workshops and give some details of the type of thing I can do.

I'm also getting close to the point where adding too many more speaking engagements might be silly, but I am also very keen to talk more about CSS Grid and subgrid, about how web developers and designers can get involved with the web platform, and also to present on new ways to think about and learn CSS. The latter subject I think is incredibly useful to folk who perhaps see CSS as their least favourite part of the job. There are a few things you can learn that really do make it all make a lot more sense, and I'm writing a new talk along those lines, get in touch if that sounds interesting for your conference!

Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News

What's New In DevTools (Chrome 75)  |  Web  |  Google Developers

There are some nice bits and pieces in DevTools for Chrome 75, including better handling of CSS values that take a function. Essentially DevTools will pre-populate the function with a sensible value. See the post for full details, and the other features in this release.

These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 57 – Firefox Nightly News

Blog post detailing various things happening in Firefox. I'm happy to see that print simulation (showing you what your print stylesheet will do) is coming back in DevTools.


Fading out siblings on hover in CSS | Trys Mudford

A nice method to allow fading out of siblings, which uses pointer events.

Inclusively Hidden |

A post about the different ways to hide content, which focuses on the accessibility of the various methods.

Creating an aspect ratio CSS utility - Andy Bell

Dealing with aspect ratios while we wait for the CSS aspect ratio unit.


Long-form websites and typography | Eric Lawler

A nice post musing on long form writing, typography, why everything looks a bit like old-school Medium, and if anyone actually wants to read long content anymore. Not layout really, however I've had plenty of discussions with people about why websites all look the same, and I think this piece touches on some of the reasons for that.