Recently, CSS was gifted an exciting new set of APIs known as Houdini, and one of them — the Paint API — is specifically designed for rendering 2D graphics. For us web folk, this is incredibly exciting. For the first time, we have a section of CSS that exists for the sole purpose of programmatically creating images. The doors to a mystical new world are well and truly open!
I love little touches that make a website feel like more than just a static document. What if web content wouldn’t just “appear” when a page loaded, but instead popped, slid, faded, or spun into place? So, I put together a set of CSS utilities for animating elements as they enter into view. And, yes, this pure CSS. It not only has a nice variety of animations and variations, but supports staggering those animations as well, almost like a way of creating scenes.
Since the introduction of media queries (literally decades ago), CSS has evolved to the points that there are a lot of tricks that can help us drastically reduce the usage of media queries we use. In some cases, I will show you how to replace multiple media queries with only one CSS declaration. These approaches can result in less code, be easier to maintain, and be more tied to the content at hand.
Are all three of these features “there if you need them” features? Is it OK to ignore them until you notice poor performance on something (like a massive page) and then reach for them to attempt to solve it? Almost “don’t use these until you need them,” otherwise you’re in premature optimization territory. The trouble with that is the classic situation where you won’t actually notice the poor performance unless you are very actively testing on the lowest-specced devices out there.
In this article, I want to build a multilingual landing page and share some CSS techniques that make this process easier. Hopefully the next time you’ll need to do the same thing, you’ll have some implementation techniques to draw from.