Web Design Group

This Group meets at 2:00pm - 3rd Saturday each month at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street. Visitors are welcome

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Pure CSS PortraitCss only portrait project

You might think you're good at CSS, and then you see something like this. Great admiration and respect for Diana Smith for making this pure CSS portrait! Enjoy more of Diana's projects here...

🐨 Add Symbols and Pictures to your page just for fun 🐰

Inserting Emojis, Emoticons and Pictographs on a webpage can add interest or draw attention to an important message or text. You could also add some as decorations or otherwise just for the fun of it 🐭 🐯 🐶 😄 😄.
A quick search of this Unicode Character Finder will help find many fascinating characters.

Flow text around an image with CSS Shapes

CSS ShapesBy using CSS Shapes, we allow ourselves the freedom to specify various coordinates that will create a custom path, and eventually create our custom shape. There are two main CSS properties that we will use to achieve the desired effect; Clip-path and Shape-Outside.

When used together, these two properties compose the foundation properties of CSS Shapes. Shape-outside and clip-path take many different vales, but the three I will focus on are circle(), ellipse(), and polygon(). While circle() and ellipse() will namely create a circle or ellipse respectively, the polygon() function is able to take an unlimited set of coordinates, that when connected, will create your desired shape. Like with most things in life, we learn by example and by actually doing it.
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New way to test accessibility with Chrome DevTools

Lighthouse web auditor logoChrome version 60 released in 2017 included an exciting new DevTools feature called Audits 2.0. This panel replaces the previous Audits panel with a new set of tests powered by Lighthouse. Lighthouse is a tool which checks for various performance and best practice metrics, including accessibility. Under the hood, these accessibility tests are powered by aXe, the open source accessibility engine from Deque.

It's important to note that a tool like the new Audits panel can only really check for a subset of accessibility issues (basically anything that can be automated). There are still a number of areas that this tool can't test, so make sure you're manually checking your site as well.

Here's a helpful guide if you're not quite sure how to manually check for accessibility issues:

Plus a 5 minute video: The new way to test accessibility with Chrome DevTools - A11ycasts #23

Two dimensional CSS Grid has arrived

CSS Grid layoutToday, we are in the early stages of such a revolutionary shift, brought about by CSS Grid Layout. Much of what we know of the possibilities, limitations and best practices surrounding web layouts is effectively rendered obsolete by this new layout module, and in their place we find new possibilities, limitations and best practices that will take us into the next era of web design.

Much has already been said about the technical aspects of CSS grid and its one-dimensional cousin flexbox. In this article, I want to bring these concepts into practical use.What youโ€™ll get is a starting point for exploring what new layout opportunities and challenges CSS grid brings, what old problems it solves and how to start using the module in production websites today. Read the full article at - Smashingmagazine

Brackets web editor logoAdobe's Brackets Web Editor has much to offer

Brackets is a modern open-sourced web site editor that enables quick editing of HTML, CSS and Javascript files. It's available as a free download for all operating systems with installation as easy as point and click.

The Brackets editor has everything you need for working with files and directories along with creating new files. The code completion - parsing and hints - features allows you to quickly assemble applications without knowing exact syntax. An ever growing selection of useful extensions are included, any of which can be easily activated using the Extension Manager. Also, the helpful online documentation plus features like Quick Edit is what has made Brackets so popular. ยป More info and download Brackets here.

IN with "flexboxes, rows & wraps" - OUT with "floats & clears"

Adam KkouryThis web-site has now adopted the newer approach to responsive web design by using the more manipulative CSS3 "flexbox" styling method. Flexbox styling is now supported by all modern web browsers so that pages now display the way designers intended, irrespective of browser type or screen size.
See Adam Khoury's excellent 10:00 minute video tutorial to discover more about CSS3 Flexbox Essentials and Flexible Box Layouts.

Choosing the right CSS Units

What is the difference between ems and rems? When should I use pixels or percentages? How does vmin and vh work? How long is a piece of string?

Dev Tips logoThis excellent video demonstrates how each of the measurement units used in styling web pages can affect each page's layout and behaviour. If you have found that certain elements of your design do not render as expected, this video will almost certainly help in highlighting the problems.
Source: DevTips

The Sydney PC & Technology User Site Incorporates - Responsive Web Design

Selection of mobile screensResponsive Web Design is about creating webpages that look great when viewed on any device and screen size. Whether viewed on a TV, desktop, tablet or smart phone, web pages should provide an enjoyable, user friendly experience for everyone. This can be achieved by adding "media queries" to the responsive site's CSS style sheet. Media queries then automatically adjust and re-arrange the content of a website to suit the screen width of the viewing device being used.

To illustrate how Sydney PC & Technology User Group HOME page layout and content is automatically re-sized and repositioned in response to various screen sizes, this full width column, plus two columns, three columns and four columns are used. To see it in action, open this responsive page using any of the latest desktop browsers, then grab the edge of the browser window and slowly drag it narrower or wider. You will see the layout automatically adjust itself to fit the new width of the browser, even if you make the page as narrow as a mobile phone. Media queries may also be set to add or remove any page element and do lots more to create a better viewing experience.

Total Validator

Logo of Total-validatorTotal Validator is an (X)HTML validator, an accessibility validator, a spell checker, and a broken links checker all rolled into one tool allowing one-click validation of your web pages.
Since its release Total Validator has become extremely popular with Web developers around the world. Each year millions of validations are performed using the desktop tools, of which over a quarter of a million copies have been downloaded. This excellent validator provides numerous options and quickly displays its results using your favourite browser.

Total Validator provides the following basic features:

  • The best HTML5 validation against the W3C Markup Standards
  • Accessibility validation against the WCAG (1.0 and 2.0) and the US Section 508 standards
  • Check for broken links
  • Spell check English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German
  • One-click, and DOM-based validation using our Browser extensions
  • Validate local pages, and pages on intranets or other private sites
  • Versions available for Windows, OS X, and Linux

Download Total Validator and validate your web pages today.

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