This week I am heading back to The Netherlands for Refresh Conf in Groningen, however conference season is winding down and I will get to spend more time here in Bristol. As much as I love the travel, meeting new people and seeing new places - there is a lot to be said for my desk, decent chair, large monitor and Pixel the cat.
Tickets are starting to go on sale for events next year. I wanted to give a shoutout to a UK event that has just released tickets. Front End North is an absolute bargain at £50 so I'm sure tickets will go fast. They are also still looking for speakers, so if you fancy being on the lineup with me, complete the CfP.
Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News
The final Beta of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has been released. This post has some useful information about testing sites.
We've gained so many new CSS layout tools over the last few years but there are several common layout patterns we can't easily do. Some of those have CSS solutions, that haven't yet been implemented in browsers. I take a look in this post.
Auditing For Accessibility Problems With Firefox Developer Tools - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
In addition to being my favourite tool for working with CSS Layout, the Firefox Developer Tools are evolving to become a great place to assess the accessibility of the site I'm working on. THis post explains some of the features.
A look at what is possible in terms of styling selects.
A post highlighting various use cases for pseudo-elements in CSS>
A nice post looking at different approaches to responsive typography.
Over at Smashing Magazine we've been working on launching a new podcast, with interviews from people who work on the web, right across the stack. We're launching with two interviews, one being with Andy Clarke on Art Direction on the web. Andy's Inspired Design Decision series have been really popular, so if you liked them you might enjoy this.
I've distilled my knowledge about CSS Layout into this training course. This course has something for you if you are new to CSS, have been using frameworks for a while and want to understand how they work, or have been doing this for a while but want to understand the newer layout methods. The course includes video tutorials, text explanations and all the starting points to follow along.
The full table of contents gives an overview of what you can learn - at your own pace. We also have a Slack community where you can ask questions about the course materials.
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