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Adobe Explores the Future of Responsive Digital Layout with National Geographic Content

Update (5/21/13): To see the mobile prototype, check out Creating an Installed Application Experience on Mobile With Web Technologies. National Geographic partnered with Adobe, sharing select content for Adobe’s use to experiment with digital layout. The results mark the beginning of a technical and design collaboration that will look at innovating around layout while responding... Continue reading →

Growing and Shrinking Polygons

Hans Muller recently added another fascinating blog post to his running series on the implementation of shape-inside from the CSS Shapes Level 2 specification.  In this post Hans describes the initial support he recently added for applying shape-inside and shape-padding to polygonal shapes. While this first round of support in limited in scope, it is another step down... Continue reading →

CSS Regions and Exclusions on Mobile

It’s very cool to see contributions from Adobe’s Web Platform team land in the release version of Chrome (CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions are both available behind the generic “Enable experimental WebKit features” runtime flag), but I have to say, there’s something extra cool about them showing up in the Chrome Beta for Android. Now... Continue reading →

Penetrating Polygons Explained

Hans Muller has another great blog post focusing on his work implementing the shape-inside feature from the CSS Shapes Level 2 specification. In this installment, Hans explains how he calculates the shape-inside that corresponds to a polygon penetrating an HTML element’s content box. Read all about how the algorithm works and play with Hans’s interactive... Continue reading →

Freeing the Floats of the Future From the Tyranny of the Rectangle

With modern web layout you can have your content laid out in whatever shape you want as long as it’s a rectangle. Designers in other media have long been able to have text and other content lay out inside and around arbitrarily complex shapes. The CSS Exclusions, CSS Shapes Level 1, and CSS Shapes Level... Continue reading →

Shape-padding is on its way for CSS Exclusions

Hans Muller has been working hard on the implementation of the shape-inside feature in CSS Exclusions and Shapes, most recently focusing on adding shape-padding functionality for rounded rectangle shapes (ellipses, circles, rectangles). Shape-padding provides a user the ability to specify how much space exists between their content and the shape-inside. For more detail on how shape-padding... Continue reading →

Getting to the Point with Reflex Vertices

As the CSS Exclusions feature is being implemented, curious challenges come up from time to time. In his latest blog post, Hans Muller describes how the first fit algorithm tackles polygons that have reflex vertices. Be sure to check out the awesome interactive demo in Hans’ post that demonstrates the problem and solution. Continue reading →

Video about CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions at Kings of Code

In December of 2012 I got a chance to speak at the Kings of Code conference in Amsterdam about digital publishing on the web. My talk touched a bit on the current state of digital publishing for devices and how it got to this point. The bulk of the talk covered the pros and cons... Continue reading →

Exclusion Shape Coordinates Get Logical

Until recently, the code for calculating intersections between lines and exclusion shapes was using its own coordinate system. This was in addition to the two main coordinate systems used in WebKit, physical and logical (sometimes called abstract) from the CSS Writing Modes Specification. After some mulling, Hans decided to do some additional up-front processing and... Continue reading →