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CSS Positioning Basics (Screencast)

CSS PositioningA couple of years ago I wrote an article for a company called Thinkful on CSS positioning, which also included a screencast that I hosted on my ImpressiveWebs YouTube channel. The video was “unlisted” but I’ve now made it public, and since some time has passed I thought I would post the video here.

It’s pretty basic stuff for most experienced CSS developers, but if anyone wants a quick primer on CSS positioning, this should be a good guide. The video is embedded below and I’ve summarized the content here in this post. — What’s the Correct Behaviour? behaviourSome things in the specs have behaviours that browser makers are required to adhere to. But other areas are a bit gray, where there is no definite guidance on implementation, so sometimes the behaviour is different from browser to browser.

Take a look, for example, at the select() method, which allows you to use JavaScript to select the text inside an input or textarea element.

My Talk and Slides from jQueryTO

jQueryTOOn March 2nd and 3rd, I attended and had the privilege of speaking at jQueryTO, Canada’s first ever jQuery conference. It was a really cool experience, and was especially cool because I finally got to meet in person certain developers that I’ve respected from afar for some time, including Darcy Clarke (who organized it), Paul Irish, Addy Osmani, Alex Sexton, and Adam J. Sontag.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile now, then you know that I have little, if any, business speaking at a JavaScript conference. So I tried to keep things fairly simple for myself and proposed a talk where I could focus largely on CSS.

Screencast: Why HSL Colors are Awesome

Screencast: Why HSL Colors are AwesomeSome of you might know that I did a screencast series for that served as a companion piece to the book of the same name that I co-authored.

In that video series, I covered a number of the new CSS3 and HTML5 features, and one in particular that I haven’t written much about on this site is HSL (or HSLA) colors.

In this post you’ll find the video originally titled “HSLA Colors”. In the Learnable series, this video is Step 2 of Lesson 7. Enjoy.

Screencast: Why You Shouldn’t Use CSS Font Shorthand

Screencast: Why You Shouldn't Use CSS Font ShorthandStarting today, and pending the work involved and subsequent success/failure, I will be regularly posting screencasts on Impressive Webs. Most of my writing time is spent authoring stuff for Smashing Magazine and Web Designer Depot of late, so I thought, as a change of pace, I could start doing some screencasts for my own site.

The inspiration for this idea, naturally, comes from the screencasts on Nettuts and CSS-Tricks. Jeffrey Way and Chris Coyier have been doing screencasts for quite some time, and I definitely have to give credit to them for the inspiration. I’ve especially enjoyed Jeffrey’s recent video quick tips on Nettuts.