Using CSS3 to provide smooth resize effects

Ever noticed if you resize your browser window with Gmail open (or Asana or a host of other sites) the various elements on screen resize automatically in a smooth animation? This can be done using JavaScript or jQuery, but can also be achieved using CSS3 transitions and @media selectors. Introduction to @media selectors If you already have a responsive design you'll probably be familiar with @media selectors. If you're not familiar, they are essentially a way of applying specific CSS classes to different...
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jQuery plugin for caching forms using HTML5 local storage

Have you ever started filling out a form or blog post only to have your session to expire or your browser to crash losing all of your work in the process? HTML5 introduced the concept of browser storage mechanisms. HTML5 storage has the ability to store string values in either local or session variables. The localStorage variable can persists across sessions and can be of any size. This behavior is similar to a cookie, however it does not suffer from the same limitations. In this tutorial we'll be utilizing...
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HTML5 and CSS3 Form Validation

In HTML5 forms got a major upgrade with the addition of some simple, yet flexible validation attributes. To support these added attributes CSS3 also added several new pseudo selectors styling controls based on their validation state. Adding validation To illustrate the new attributes and some of the new input types, we'll be building up a simple sign up form. Every sign up form is essentially the same, you fill in your details and click submit. How many times has the form been reset on you after you've...
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Creating a Completely Customized Google Map Plugin for jQuery

Last week I briefly touched on the customization possibilities of Google Maps, this week we'll be taking a more in depth look at what exactly you can customize. The options available include customization for all aspects of the map such as: Roads Points of Interest e.g. Schools, Parks and Hospitals Methods of Transport Water Landscape features e.g. Man made or Natural This covers not only custom colors, but the icons and text associated with each element. Getting Started This tutorial is a follow on...
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Adding a custom icon to a Google Maps Marker

I've used the Google Maps API a few times over the last while and one thing that I've never really touched on is it's fantastic customization options. You can pretty much style or customize everything. In this quick post I'll show you how to change the default marker (or pin) to something else. This is handy if you want to display your company logo or some other icon on the map. I'll also detail the other configurable options that you can change in the google.maps.Marker class. Getting Started We saw earlier...
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HTML5 Geo-location API and Google Maps API

In this weeks tutorial we'll be creating a jQuery plugin that serves as an introduction to the HTML5 Geo-location API to request your current location. Once we have the location, we will then draw a route from there to Dublin, Ireland (or wherever you tell it to) using the Google Maps API. This could be used in a HTML5 web application or on a site to tell your customers how to get to you. Getting Started First of all we'll need to create our jQuery plugin wrapper. The $.extend function will allow us to provide...
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Adding custom next/previous post buttons to WordPress using Font Awesome

The default WordPress theme (TwentyTwelve) comes with a pretty standard previous/next post function for the theme. I don't particularly like the links as they feel a little forgotten about and they could easily be so much more. This snippet will show you how to create a custom navigation function and we'll be using Font Awesome to add some icons. Adding Font Awesome Font Awesome is quite literally awesome. It's a collection of over 360 icons presented as a font. This means you can easily add it to any web...
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Automatically generating a table of contents with a smooth scroll effect

Ever written a long article worthy of a table of contents and decided not to do it because it's just too much hassle? This week we'll be writing a jQuery plugin that will automatically search for your headings and create a table of contents based on them for your blog post. We'll also be adding a smooth scroll effect, so that when a user clicks on an entry they are brought to the right section. I know a table of contents is a bit of an unusual topic for a tutorial, but if you're writing a help file for your product,...
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