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Five (5) Ways to Instantly Write Better CSS

Sure, anyone can write CSS. Even programs are doing it for you now. But is the CSS any good? Here are 5 tips to start improving yours.

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CSS is easy

Cascading Style Sheets. The name alone is intimidating, conjuring up images of cryptic code and syntax, too difficult for the layperson to grasp. In reality, however, CSS is one of the simplest and most convenient tools available to Web developers. In this article, I’ll guide you through the basics of CSS, showing how it can be applied to simplify the task of managing a consistently formatted Web site with minimal headaches.

CSS is a language for defining the formatting used in a Web site. This includes things like colours, background images, typefaces (fonts), margins, and indentation. “But I do all that now with HTML tags,” you might think. “Why do I need CSS?” A valid question, and the best way to answer it is with an illustration of what is wrong with defining such styles using HTML.

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CSS Angles: Just the Edge Your Web Page Needs!

The CSS border property is a surprisingly handy tool for creating all kinds of shapes -- not just boxes! In this article, Tim shows us how to use pure CSS to create all manner of fun visual effects normally reserved for images.

With the influx of JavaScript libraries like jQuery and Prototype, a lot of the more basic elements of front-end development have fallen through the cracks. Gone are the days when we would sit down for a couple of hours to find a creative way to solve a CSS problem; now we immediately turn to JavaScript. Not to say that it’s a bad thing—it is what it is in the current state of web development. But sometimes we have to look back on those old techniques to find a new way of achieving a solution.

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