I am back from Australia, where I had an excellent time at Web Directions Code meeting lots of Australian web folk. I also ran a one day workshop and spoke on upcoming layout features at the MelbJS meetup - you can find slides and demos for that short talk here.
Despite the fiercest jet lag I have ever encountered I had an amazing time and can recommend the Web Directions conferences if you want to spend time learning your craft amongst other switched on folk.
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In the CSS Working Group call last Wednesday it was resolved to take CSS Grid Layout to Candidate Recommendation (CR),
"By publishing a Candidate Recommendation, a working group is expressing that it has resolved all known issues. A CR is also a call for implementations." - CSS WG process
This is an important step in our getting Grid from experimental status to something we can all be using in production.
I am now getting more than one email a day demanding to know when Grid will be shipped in browsers. Sadly I have no special insight into that. Even if vendors had some roadmap they were working to internally they would be very unlikely to share that with the world at large.
New features are being implemented in the current flagged implementations all of the time so it is safe to say that Grid is on the way. If you want to keep track of this yourself then the linked page details the meta bugs and other information about implementation status.
Firefox Nightly and Developer edition have shipped the
text value of the prefixed
-webkit-background-clip property. This value isn't currently part of the backgrounds draft, but is rather nice and useful for those big feature headings.
Use Chrome, Safari or Firefox Developer/Nightly to see the demo working.