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A long-term plan for logical properties?

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The CSS Working Group is discussing ‘logical properties’ today with the Internationalization Working Group – and there’s a great new article on the topic this week from Jeremy Keith.

Container Queries in Browsers!

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After nearly 15 years as a highly-requested feature in CSS – and 15 years being told it was impossible – (size) Container Queries and units have shipped in both Chrome/Edge 105, and Safari 16! Firefox is not far behind.

A Whole Cascade of Layers

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I really enjoyed Dave Rupert’s Modern alternatives to BEM, which concludes with a link to my redesign. So let’s talk about my seven-layer burrito of styles – what he calls SBRDFLT. What’s that all about?

This Content Won’t Architect Itself

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Continuing the slow redesign process, I spent a weekend rearranging the deck chairs content files on the Titanic this website.

Use the Right Container Query Syntax

» repost @ OddBird.net

Since we got a first look at a Container Queries prototype back in April 2021, the syntax has changed a few times. But now the spec is stable, browsers are getting ready to ship, and it’s time to make sure you’re using the same syntax they are!

Styling the Intrinsic Web

» podcast @ PodRocket

I talk with Noel Minchow about how to style the intrinsic web, what that means, and how it’s compatible with responsive design.

No Demo [Website] Reno

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I want to re-think the front-end of my site, without too much change to the (Eleventy/Markdown) content that drives it. And I want to do it slowly.

Not All Zeros are Equal

» repost @ OddBird.net

There’s a well-established ‘best practice’ that CSS authors (as well as linters and minifiers) should remove units from any 0 value. It’s a fine rule in most cases, but there are a few common situations where it will break your code.

2 Days of Cordwainery

» journal @ Colorado Shoe School

Erin and I spent a couple days last week at the Colorado Shoe School in Bellvue, CO – learning, designing, and making our own sneakers. Yes, actual sneakers, fit for wearing, and built from scratch. Only the soles come pre-formed out of recycled plastic.

Body Margin 8px

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All browsers add an 8px margin on the body element – it’s part of the w3c-recommended default stylesheet which browsers generally use as a starting point for their own ‘user agent’ styles. But why 8px? Where does that come from?

Every Transition is a Page Transition?

» repost @ OddBird.net

There’s a new web API proposal for transitioning shared-elements across pages. It’s great for making smooth page transitions, but what if we apply it to individual elements with changing styles on a single page?

The Gray Areas of HWB Color

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Working on Sass support for color spaces, I ran into a question about the proper handling of hwb() colors. That lead me down a rabbit hole, exploring the edges of hwb (and powerless color channels) in CSS.

Miriam, for the Archive

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This post has been written and published, and filed away for safe keeping as an event that happened in my past. This post is also a live performance, and an invitation to engage. Thanks for dropping by.

Complex vs Compound Selectors

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In CSS, there are compound selectors and also complex selectors, and I never remember which is which. Do you need to learn the difference? Probably not. But I’m tired of looking it up.

Am I on the IndieWeb Yet?

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I’m really into the IndieWeb, or the ideas behind it. I like to own my data, I like a space to play and experiment, I like the idea of syndicating content to be read/experienced in a variety of formats. I love microformats, and RSS feeds, and… wait… how do webmentions work?

Teleportation, PapayaWhip, and Cookies

» podcast @ Word Wrap Show

I talk with Claire and Steph about changes to the Container Query syntax, our feelings about web components, named CSS colors, how much we like eating cookies, and other wild tangents.

Making Sense of CSS Layers and Scope

» podcast @ Morten Rand-Hendriksen

CSS is evolving rapidly and new features come online all the time. Join Morten & Miriam to talk about what CSS layers and scope are all about and how they will change how we work with and think about the cascade in the future.

Developing the Future of the Internet

» podcast @ Wix, Now What?

Miriam talks to Now What? about why the internet looks the way it does, why designers and developers need to collaborate and how the future of the web must be built around inclusivity and respect.

What’s Happening in CSS & Sass

» podcast @ Front End Nerdery

A podcast focusing on front end development but also covering a wide range of web development and design topics. We talked about CSS, Sass, and work being done in the W3C CSS Working Group.

Web Ecosystem Health Part VI

» podcast @ Igalia Chats

Igalia’s Brian Kardell sits down to chat with Miriam and Rachel Andrew about who works on standards, and who pays for that work.

Support (Not) Unknown

» repost @ OddBird.net

Working on a new CSS feature like Container Queries, one of the most important considerations is to ensure a “migration path” – a way for developers to start integrating the new code, without breaking their sites on legacy browsers.

Container Queries & the CSSWG

» podcast @ The F-Word

I chat with Bruce Lawson & Vadim Makeev about Sass & Susy, CSS Layers & compatibility, Container Queries, and the CSS Working Group.

What Is The Future Of CSS?

» podcast @ Smashing Magazine

Starting a new season of the Smashing Podcast with a look at the future of CSS. What new specs will be landing in browsers soon? Drew McLellan talks to Miriam to find out.

Container Queries Explainer & Proposal

» post @ OddBird CSS Sandbox

Media-queries allow an author to make style changes based on the overall viewport dimensions – but in many cases, authors would prefer styling modular components based on their context within a layout.

CSS, Sass, and Playwriting

» podcast @ Enjoy The Vue

I join Ari, Ben, and Tessa to talk about getting into CSS from other languages, the absurdly massive problem CSS is designed to solve, and the mental model behind the language.

Open CSS Notebook

» post @ css.oddbird.net

As I spend more of my time working on the CSS language, I wanted a place to take notes and explore new ideas in the open.

Authoring the future of CSS

» podcast @ Party Corgi

A spinoff of the Party Corgi Network discord. I chat with Chris Biscardi about The CSS Working Group, open-source projects, art, and music.

Alcohol affects the frontal cortex

» repost @ Sommer Browning

Sommer asked people to record themselves reading a poem from her collection, Backup Singers. I put together this video of the poem Alcohol affects the frontal cortex.

Use new selectors responsibly with selector queries

» video @ Mozilla Developer

Firefox 69 was the first to implement selector feature queries, but other browsers are following suit. I’ll show you how it works, and how to start using this new feature query right away.

How do you wrap long words in CSS?

» video @ Mozilla Developer

Horizontal text overflow has always been difficult to manage on the web. The default visible overflow is designed to make sure content remains accessible no matter the size of a containing box, but it’s not our only option.

CSS Most Normalizer-est

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Why waste your time on half-measures? Make your site THE MOST NORMALEST with this ULTIMATE CSS RESET.

Scroll Snap in CSS

» video @ Mozilla Developer

When we’re scrolling down a page, or through a gallery of images, snap-targets can help guide us from one section or image to the next. In the past, developers have used JavaScript to hijack scrolling, but now we can manage scroll alignment directly in CSS with only a few lines of code.

On Sass & CSS

» podcast @ Shop Talk Show

I drop by the show to talk about Sass in 2019, design tokens, Oddbird, unused CSS, new CSS properties, and Dave & Chris’ explanation of revert.

Inner & Outer Values of the Display Property

» video @ Mozilla Developer

The display property has been in CSS from the beginning, handling everything from block and inline boxes to list-items and full layout systems like flexbox or grid. Now the display syntax is getting an upgrade to match it’s multiple uses.

Why isn’t this CSS doing anything?

» video @ Mozilla Developer

There are a number of property & value combinations that can lead to CSS being inactive, and now Firefox will tell you why. Open the developer tools, and look for the greyed-out property with an info-box on hover.

Laying out Forms using Subgrid

» video @ Mozilla Developer

It’s a common pattern to align form labels and inputs in grid-like layout. I’ll show you how to do it quickly using CSS subgrid, with several quick fallbacks.

Subgrid for Better Card Layouts

» video @ Mozilla Developer

Card layouts are popular on the web, rows and columns of boxes with similar content. CSS grids can help align those cards, but it’s still be hard to line-up content inside the cards – headers and footers that might need more or less room.

Faster Layouts with CSS Grid

» video @ Mozilla Developer

For years, we’ve struggled to build resilient layouts on the web, but CSS Grid promises to change all that – and you can start using it now, with only a few properties and basic concepts.

What does revert do in CSS?

» video @ Mozilla Developer

I’ve often used initial and unset in my CSS – global keywords that can be applied to any property. The difference is small, but important: unset allows inheritance, while initial does not. But then Firefox implemented revert and I was confused – how is this one different from the others?!

Introducing Sass Modules

» repost @ CSS Tricks

Sass recently launched a new module system. The new syntax will replace @import with @use and @forward – a big step forward for making Sass partials more readable, performant, and safe.

Why is CSS so Weird?

» video @ Mozilla Developer

Love it or hate it, CSS is weird: not quite markup, not quite programming in the imperative sense, and nothing like the design programs we use for print. How did we get here?

Styling Lists in CSS

» video @ Mozilla Developer

When you create lists in HTML, browsers add bullet-points or numbers we call list markers. Now CSS gives us the tools to style those list markers, and even create our own!

F*CSS

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In the CSS naming-convention arms race to lowest specificity, I’ve decided to only use universal * selectors. I call it F*CSS.

Design Systems & CSS

» podcast @ Views on Vue

We start by talking about design systems and design tooling – how they differ, and the problems they solve.

Has CSS finally come of age?

» interview @ Creative Bloq

Steve Jenkins interviews me about the state of CSS, and what’s coming next for the language – from Intrinsic Design to Dynamic CSS.

Fonts & more

» podcast @ Views on Vue

The panel and the guest talk about grid systems, fonts, and more!

Rejecting Maleness

» post @ Journal of Mennonite Writing

The Journal of Mennonite Writing asked me to submit for their queer issue. I don’t identify as Mennonite, but I did grow up in the church, so I asked my friends what to write about. They suggested the common question: In a world without rigid gender roles, would anyone need to be trans?

Chosen Family (Thank You)

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Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help – both social and financial – as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.

Mia’s Medical Upgrade

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Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.

Sex, Love, & Romance

» repost @ PS I Love You

“I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.”

(Mis)Gender

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At the family vacation in Moab, everyone is doing their best. It’s not enough, and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns. I hide in my room through dinner so they won’t see me crying.

Shifting Nouns

» repost @ Twined Fragments

“I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?”

Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives

» repost @ Twined Fragments

“Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.”

Stop Being Productive

» repost @ SuperYesMore

A reflection on the nature and value of productivity for the SuperYesMore series: The Human in the Machine.

Fun with Viewport Units

» repost @ CSS Tricks

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.

Body & Gender Fragments

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I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

Getting Started with CSS Grid

» video @ CSS Tricks

It feels like CSS Grid has been coming for a long time now, but it just now seems to be reaching a point where folks are talking more and more about it and that it’s becoming something we should learning.

Justice [Under Construction]

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I’m still reeling from this year of insults,  a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.

Some Clarifications on Trans Language

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There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

Some Kind of Resistance Tour

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It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

Loops in CSS Preprocessors

» repost @ CSS Tricks

No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.

An Interview with Miriam Suzanne

» repost @ CSS Tricks

Chris Coyier interviews Miriam when she joins the CSS Tricks team as a Staff Writer. We talk about gettting started in the industry, name confusion, fouding OddBird, building Susy, and more.

Versioning Show, Episode 8

» podcast @ SitePoint

In this episode of the Versioning Show, Tim and David are joined by Miriam Suzanne, best known for Susy, a responsive layout toolkit for Sass. They discuss going from being a lurker to finding your voice, the importance of writing about what you’re learning, stumbling into fame, approaching new projects, and unit testing in Sass.

Miriam: A How-To Guide

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There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

Underground Music Showcase

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Founded in 2001, The UMS is an annual three-day celebration of music featuring hundreds of bands across multiple venues.