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Blog redesign and new features

20 Oct 2016

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Blog redesign and new features

As you probably noticed I redesigned my blog and added some new features. This is a list of the new stuff.

  • New design
  • Category pages
  • Comments
  • Search
  • Reading time
  • Share buttons
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Plain JavaScript animated window scroll function

Before modern frameworks, I always used jQuery’s scrollTo method. At some point, not every project included jQuery, so I wrote simple function to animate window scroll.

I have kept copying that function from project to project. Finally I took some time, cleaned it up and published it on the npm (this is the first npm package I published).

Demo and documentation is available here.

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Implementing PhotoShop font sizes and tracking in CSS, points to pixels conversion

We’ve all been there - trying to get right font sizes from PhotoShop to CSS. Designers usually work with points, which are used in the print, but not common on the web. They also use term tracking a lot, which is actually only a letter spacing with different units.

You can recalculate everything by hand and try to keep track of it. But we can use the goodies of SCSS to make that process a bit easier.

Point to pixel ratio is 1pt = 1.333333px. We’ll create SASS function to do conversion for us.

And PhotoShop tracking works relative to the font size. One point of tracking is 1/1000 of the font size. For this one we’ll create a mixin.

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Always use <button> for clickable elements

Always try to use <button> when element is clickable, but it is not a link. Avoid <a>, <span>, <div> and other elements.

Note that display: flex works differently on buttons in different browsers, but we have easy fix for that.

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SASS random() and circle animation

I decided to move my CSS playground to the CodePen, and this is the first one I made.

Idea came to me while I was riding on a bus, and I might use it on this blog, as a part of it’s redesign.

This is CSS only animation (I used JS to create 50 elements though). And you can see the usage of SASS random() function.

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