Once again, I found a standard-use script lacking magic, and this time it was my group’s go-to tabs plugin. It used a standard flavor of JS without leveraging any library, and it was bad. Switching between tabs took about a second, and even more was added to page load.
By using jQuery, we can cut that to a tiny fraction, while still keeping all the same functionality. Read More »
As I’m sure you’re already aware, CSS3 is really pretty wonderful. Along with transitions, which can create animations in a tiny fraction of the old code and time, one of the best features is text-shadow.
Some great reasons to use the text-shadow property:
- Allows us to make pretty headings, hover states and calls-to-action in moments
- Drastically reduces monotonous work doing Photoshop layer blending, saving for web, uploading, HTML tag editing and cache clearing
- Best of all, it lets us keep the text dynamic! This is great for those of us who pass on a project to a less technically inclined colleague or client. I know you’d rather it didn’t get passed back to you for each of the twenty pixel-pushing revision requests, and maybe it can even go into the CMS!
CSS3 Transitions are fun stuff! With only a couple dozen characters, it’s possible to create beautiful interactions with dynamic pseudo-classes, which once was relegated entirely to Flash or dozens of lines of JS.
Of course there are some problems, though. One must take into account all the idiosyncrasies of the myriad browser engines, and include their vendor prefixes. The older, crappier browsers don’t support them at all, and if you’re expected to mimic the functionality in IE6, your are in for a very long, annoying day.
Benefits and speed bumps aside, it can be difficult sometimes to get exactly the transition you want. For example, when you’d like to transition one background image to another with a fade. Read More »