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What is SVG good for?

Y’all probably wouldn’t be surprised if I told you it’s pretty awesome for icons, and icon systems. SVG icon systems can, and perhaps should be quite easy. I’m a fan of just inlining those suckers, particularly when they are pretty simple. But what else? Logos is a classic example! A lot of people dip their toes in this way. You don’t have to inline the SVG if you don’t want. It could be an or background-image as well. These are really simple things though. At it’s heart, SVG is simply a vector-based image format capable of just about anything....

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Don’t just copy the @font-face out of Google Fonts URLs

I don’t think this is an epidemic or anything, but I’ve seen it done a few times and even advocated for. This is what I mean… You go to Google Fonts and pick a font like Open Sans, and it gives you either a or an @import with a URL there in which to ready this font for usage on your site. You can take a peek in there and see what it returns… It’s just some @font-face declarations, of course! Now your performance-minded brain kicks off. Wait. So, I make one HTTP request for this stylesheet, and then...

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Here’s the thing about “unused CSS” tools

There are a lot of tools that aim to help you remove “unused CSS” from your project. Never a week goes by that I don’t see a tool for this being shared or promoted. It must strike some kind of perfect chord for some developers. I care about performance, and I know that reducing file sizes is good for performance. Indeed, it is. I bet we have CSS that is unused in our stylesheets, if we removed that, that’s a performance win. Yep, it would be. We should automate that. Ehhhhhh, I’m not so sure. There are major performance tooling players that play up this idea, like Lighthouse and how it gives you CSS and JS “Coverage”, which will surely tell you that you’re shipping code you don’t need to be. The tools that claim to help you with unused CSS have to perform analysis to be able to tell you what is unused and what isn’t. Here’s one way to do that analysis. Render a page of your site and get the complete DOM. Then get the complete CSSOM as well, which can give you an array of all the selectors in your CSS. Loop over those selectors and do a querySelector in the DOM and see if it matches anything. If it doesn’t, that CSS selector is unused. Clever, right?! I think so. But that analysis paints...

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Creating your own meme generator

Almost every time a new meme pops up in my Twitter feed, I think of a witty version to create. I’m not alone in this. Memes are often a way to acknowledge a shared experience or idea. In a variation of the “Is this a pigeon” meme that has been making the rounds online, a designer Daryl Ginn joked about the elementary nature of most applications that say they use artificial intelligence. pic.twitter.com/nAHki0YFyV — Daryl Ginn (@darylginn) May 16, 2018 Several people replied to his tweet saying something along the lines of “replace this with this.” Daryl’s version got...

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More Unicode Patterns

Creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know. —Anni Albers, On Designing I recently wrote a post — that was shared here on CSS-Tricks — where I looked at ways to use Unicode characters to create interesting (and random) patterns. Since then, I’ve continued to seek new characters to build new patterns. I even borrowed a book about Unicode from a local library. (That’s a really thick book, by the way.) It’s all up to your imagination to see the possible patterns a Unicode character can make. Although not all characters are good as patterns, the...

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