This week we have another giveaway courtesy of SitePoint, "the first" visual flexbox builder has launched and I've an assorted collection of other reading from around the web.
I really enjoyed reading Morgan Feeney's thoughts in "Don't build a Bootstrap style grid-system with Flexbox". My feeling is that we still have a long way to go to really understand how we work with our new layout methods. Quite a lot of the thinking around flexbox translates well the CSS Grid Layout too, perhaps even more so.
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SitePoint have published Jump Start Sass by Hugo Giraudel and Miriam Suzanne and have given me three copies to give away to readers of this email. I'll randomly select 3 names from everyone who emails me to tell me the answer to the following question:
What are your favourite blogs, emails, Twitter accounts or resource sites for learning about CSS?
I'll do a roundup of your suggestions in the next email.
On the CSS Working Group mailing list, a revised subgrid proposal. I'll write some more about this later this week but if you have been looking into subgrid take a look and add your thoughts.
Webflow have announced the "first visual flexbox builder". While it seems to be a comprehensive bit of work I remain unconvinced that anyone should be encouraged to use Flexbox for full page layout. Stating that this is a flexbox builder rather than just incorporating flexbox as one tool used for layout seems to encourage that idea.
You can check it out by playing their game/demo. I'd be interested in the thoughts of those who like to use a visual interface for doing this sort of thing.
"It felt like I was just replicating what Bootstrap did with floats, with Flexbox. I soon came to the conclusion that something didn't feel right."
Morgan Feeney explains why using FLexbox to recreate Bootstrap-style grid systems is a bad idea.
Some experiments from Chris Wright using Flexbox.
A nice tutorial and technique for creating blurred backgrounds using SVG.
Having z-index conflicts isn't something I've really run into, but if you have then here is a Sass maps and lists technique for managing your z-indexes.
Scroll Anchoring keeps track of where you are on the page and prevents anything that causes a reflow from disrupting your position on the page. Currently you can try this out in Canary.
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