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A Bit on Buttons

1 The other day we published an article with a bonafide CSS trick where an element with a double border could look like a pause icon, and morph nicely into a CSS triangle looking like a play icon. It was originally published with a being the demo element, which was a total accessibility flub on our part, as something intended to be interacted with like this is really a . It also included a demo using the checkbox hack to toggle the state of the button. That changes the keyboard interaction from a “return” click to a “space bar” toggle, but more importantly should have had a :focus state to indicate the button (actually a label) was interactive at all. Both have been fixed. 2 Adam Silver has an interesting post where the title does a good job of setting up the issue: But sometimes links look like buttons (and buttons look like links) Buttons that are buttons aren’t contentious (e.g. a form submit button). Links that are links aren’t contentious. The trouble comes in when we cross the streams. Buttons (that have type=”button”) are not submit buttons. Buttons are used to create features that rely on Javascript. Behaviours such as revealing a menu or showing a date picker. A call-to-action “button” is his good example on the other side. They are often just links that are styled like...

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Writing Smarter Animation Code

If you’ve ever coded an animation that’s longer than 10 seconds with dozens or even hundreds of choreographed elements, you know how challenging it can be to avoid the dreaded “wall of code”. Worse yet, editing an animation that was built by someone else (or even yourself 2 months ago) can be nightmarish. In these videos, I’ll show you the techniques that the pros use keep their code clean, manageable, and easy to revise. Scripted animation provides you the opportunity to create animations that are incredibly dynamic and flexible. My goal is for you to have fun without getting bogged down by the process. We’ll be using GSAP for all the animation. If you haven’t used it yet, you’ll quickly see why it’s so popular – the workflow benefits are substantial. See the Pen SVG Wars: May the morph be with you. (Craig Roblewsky) on CodePen. The demo above from Craig Roblewsky is a great example of the types of complex animations I want to help you build. This article is intended for those who have a basic understanding of GSAP and want to approach their code in a smarter, more efficient way. However, even if you haven’t used GSAP, or prefer another animation tool, I think you’ll be intrigued by these solutions to some of the common problems that all animators face. Sit back, watch and enjoy! Video...

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You can get pretty far in making a slider with just HTML and CSS

A “slider”, as in, a bunch of boxes set in a row that you can navigate between. You know what a slider is. There are loads of features you may want in a slider. Just as one example, you might want the slider to be swiped or scrolled. Or, you might not want that, and to have the slider only respond to click or tappable buttons that navigate to slides. Or you might want both. Or you might want to combine all that with autoplay. I’m gonna go ahead and say that sliders are complicated enough of a UI...

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Exploring Data with Serverless and Vue: Filtering and Using the Data

In this second article of this tutorial, we’ll take the data we got from our serverless function and use Vue and Vuex to disseminate the data, update our table, and modify the data to use in our WebGL globe. This article assumes some base knowledge of Vue. By far the coolest/most useful thing we’ll address in this article is the use of the computed properties in Vue.js to create the performant filtering of the table. Read on! Article Series: Automatically Update GitHub Files With Serverless Functions Filtering and Using the Data (you are here!) You can check out the...

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Exploring Data with Serverless and Vue: Automatically Update GitHub Files With Serverless Functions

I work on a large team with amazing people like Simona Cotin, John Papa, Jessie Frazelle, Burke Holland, and Paige Bailey. We all speak a lot, as it’s part of a developer advocate’s job, and we’re also frequently asked where we’ll be speaking. For the most part, we each manage our own sites where we list all of this speaking, but that’s not a very good experience for people trying to explore, so I made a demo that makes it easy to see who’s speaking, at which conferences, when, with links to all of this information. Just for fun,...

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