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Techniques to Break Words

Photo by studio tdes. Used under CC BY 2.0 Deed. Image cropped and contrast enhanced. A few days ago Benjy Stanton asked about breaking long words in tables. I offered a suggestion, which may or may not have worked. I never asked. My failure to follow up aside, it reminded…

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Web Development Advent Calendars for 2023

Generated by Midjourney using the prompt “a Pagan advent calendar for Christmas, made of natural wood.” It seemed more appropriate for the season than the neon synthwave version (which I want to hire someone to make). Web developers around the world have for years given a nod to Saturnalia solstice…

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Web Development Advent Calendars for 2022

It’s a dice advent calendar. I have no idea how five Platonic Solids and some D10s will carry for 24 days, but I am going to find out. Web developers around the world have for years given a nod to Saturnalia solstice Isaac Newton’s birthday Yule wassailing mummering end of…

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Foolishly Responsive

Honoring April Fools’ Day I have created a foolishly responsive accordion control. Typically a responsive effort shoehorns a large pattern into a narrow viewport, often based on iDevice screen sizes. Less typically a responsive layout will also consider viewport height, and far less typically a responsive layout might even consider…

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Experimenting with Text and CSS background-clip

Moving and Flashing Warning: Each of the examples in this post has animations. Continuous animations honor your system settings to reduce animation. You can also hide the rendered HTML in the embedded CodePens by hitting the “Result” control. The CSS background-clip property controls how much a background extends under a…

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Web Development Advent Calendars for 2021

Got myself one of those Bonne Maman jelly/jam advent calendars and am very much looking forward to opening the first day and all subsequent days. Web developers around the world have given a nod to Saturnalia solstice Isaac Newton’s birthday Christmas with advent calendars covering web-related topics. As a result,…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, internet, standards, UX

Embracing Design Constraints

Form ever follows function. Louis Sullivan Louis Sullivan, the father of the modern skyscraper, espoused this belief throughout his work. He recognized that the purpose of the building, when entering a place with no prior art, had to drive how it would look. With both the technology and audience providing…

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Web Development Advent Calendars for 2020

This is why you never go to the (locally- and independently-owned) grocery store on an empty stomach. Web developers around the world have celebrated Saturnalia solstice Isaac Newton’s birthday Christmas with advent calendars covering web-related topics. As a result, you may recognize some of the ones listed below. Every year…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, internet, standards, UX

My Gratuitously Signaling Watch

In early 2016 I bought myself the Eone Bradley (nobody is sponsoring this post and the link is not an affiliate link). I first saw this watch at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, some on the wrists of people with little or no vision, and had admired it since then.…

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Block Links, Cards, Clickable Regions, Rows, Etc.

Whether you call them cards, block links, or some other thing, the construct of making an area of content clickable (tappable, Enter-key-able, voice-activatable, etc.) is not new. While hit area size is mostly a usability issue, marketers often want a larger click area around their calls to action (CTAs) to…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, pattern, tables, usability, UX

Responsive Type and Zoom

Typography that responds to viewport width (‘fluid’ or ‘responsive’ typography) can be useful when you want to ensure text does not get clipped or spill out of some design elements. Carousels, widget controls, or my Venn diagram are some examples. I say viewport width because I rarely see responsive type…

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Web Development Advent Calendars for 2019

Web developers around the world have celebrated Saturnalia solstice Isaac Newton’s birthday Christmas with advent calendars covering web-related topics. As a result, you may recognize some of the ones listed below. Every year I miss a few on day one, so add a comment or tweet me if you have…

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