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Thoughts From Eric

Things that Eric A. Meyer, CSS expert, writes about on his personal Web site; it's largely Web standards and Web technology, but also various bits of culture, politics, personal observations, and other miscellaneous stuff

Last Build Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:26:34 +0000


Book Review: “Create with Code: Build Your Own Website”

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 15:51:12 +0000

A review of an introduction-to-web-design book that’s one of the best I’ve seen, Create with Code: Build Your Own Website, written by Clyde Hatter of CoderDojo’s Dojo Bray in Ireland.

Generating Wireframe Boxes with CSS and HTML5

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:01:21 +0000

A method to create labeled wireframe-style boxes on top of existing page elements using a potpourri of CSS and tiny bits of HTML5.

Declining Complexity in CSS

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:18:43 +0000

Some thoughts on the complexity of CSS—or, more properly, the declining complexity of CSS.

“CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition” Release and Contents

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:44:30 +0000

CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition is wending its way to the reading public, and I have some updates on that.

“CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition” Goes to Print

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:53:58 +0000

Yesterday afternoon, CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition went to the printers.

Adding Backgrounds to Directly Loaded SVGs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:07:01 +0000

A quick explanation of how to add backgrounds to SVG files that have been loaded directly into a browser.

CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:02:47 +0000

On Monday, July 3rd, as I sat in the living room of a house just a bit north of New York City, I pushed the last writing and editing changes to CSS: The Definitive Guide, Fourth Edition and notified the production department at O’Reilly that it was ready.

Help Insurance

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:33:39 +0000

The point, the essential point, is this: every family should have the chance to fight as hard as possible for their loved one’s life without going bankrupt in the process. And for those who cannot be saved, no family should be denied the knowledge that they didn’t have a chance.

Eulogy, Completed

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:30:45 +0000

Three years ago, almost exactly to the minute as I publish this, I delivered the eulogy at my daughter’s funeral. A few months after that, reading it again, I discovered that when I wrote it, I didn’t really finish it. So I’m publishing my daughter’s eulogy as I would have written it, had I been of clearer mind.

Half Life

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:20:57 +0000

Three years ago, Rebecca took her last breaths.

Gridded Headings v. Justified Headings

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:08:21 +0000

Amongst the reactions to Gridded Headings, Benjamin de Cock pointed out there’s another way to arrive at the same place I did.

Gridded Headings

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:38:03 +0000

In my ongoing experiments with both a realignment of meyerweb’s design and CSS Grid, I came up with an interesting heading-and-subheading technique I’d like to share.

Grid Drop Quotes, Revisited

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:21:26 +0000

In last week’s Grid-Powered Drop Quotes, I overlooked a potential problem with the styles I created. Fortunately, Philippe Wittenbergh caught it and pointed it out, and we both hit on the same solution.

Grid-Powered Drop Quotes

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:51:59 +0000

I’ve been experimenting with CSS Grid for various layout treatments—not high-level, whole-page layouts, but focused bits of design. I’d like to share one of them, because I think it illustrates a few principles and uses of CSS Grid that might not be immediately intuitively obvious.

Practical CSS Grid

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:09:22 +0000

Me, writing for A List Apart, taking you on a detailed, illustrated walkthrough of how I added CSS Grid layout to, while still leaving the old layout in place for non-Grid browsers.