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April 2014 Extensible Web Summit

Last week, W3C TAG (Technical Architecture Group) held an “Extensible Web Summit” hosted by the PhoneGap team at the Adobe offices in San Francisco. The summit brought together TAG members, people from the Extensible Web Community Group, browser implementers, JavaScript library authors, and web developers to talk about the future of the web platform. I... Continue reading →

CSS Shapes Level 1 is ready for your feedback!

CSS Shapes Level 1 describes how content can be wrapped around geometric shapes. As of last week, the specification is a candidate recommendation. Also, both Blink and WebKit now have the latest syntax that matches this latest spec. This means the spec draft is stable enough for you to try out the features in your designs and to provide... Continue reading →

CSS animations and transitions performance: looking inside the browser

You’ve probably used CSS Animations or CSS Transitions in a project. (If not, check out CSS-Trick’s almanac entries on animations and transitions.) Some of your animations might have performed smoothly. Other might have appeared choppy. Do you wonder why? In this article, we’ll explore how browsers handle CSS Animations and CSS Transitions, so you can develop... Continue reading →

CSS Shapes geometry: discussed and demo’d

Flowing text around shapes shouldn’t be burdensome. If you have one continuous string of text, why not wrap it like a ribbon that can smoothly conform to a shape? The engineers who are implementing the CSS Shapes Module Level 1 spec are bringing that capability to the web platform. Sara Soueidan experiments with creating non-rectangular layouts with... Continue reading →

Happy birthday, web, and many more

The web is 25 years old today. In its short existence it has transformed the way we play, learn, work and connect with each other. And yet, this is just the beginning. The web has the potential to transform the creative process. Sir Tim Berners-Lee used his creativity when on March 12, 1989 he submitted... Continue reading →

Add Shape and Depth to Your Layout with Photoshop and CSS Shapes

In the current Webkit implementation of the CSS Shapes specification, we’ve added support for shape-outside  using an image as a value. In this case, rather than defining the shape with a basic-shape function, the shape is computed from the image’s alpha channel, with the opacity threshold being configurable with shape-image-threshold. By using an image with... Continue reading →

CSS Regions polyfill – better, smarter, fuller

We first started work on a CSS Regions prototype to give designers and developers a seamless and flexible way to flow content inside a chain of boxes. As the feature gained visibility, it became clear that people wanted to experiment outside the WebKit-based browsers. So about one year ago, we created a rather simple polyfill supporting only basic functionality.... Continue reading →

Improving your site’s visual details: CSS3 text-align-last

In this post, I want to give a status report regarding the text-align-last CSS3 property. If you are interested in taking control of the small visual details of your site with CSS, I encourage you to keep reading. The problem First, let’s talk about why we need this property. You’ve probably already seen many text... Continue reading →