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A Step-by-Step Guide to Dark Mode in CSS

Enabling dark mode in CSS allows website visitors to switch to an eye-friendly and resource-saving design whenever they want. There are a couple of UX patterns you can use to add a dark theme to your site. In this tutorial, we will show you how to add a simple jQuery toggle to the top of the page so that users can easily switch dark mode on and off. Our demo will be responsive as well, so it will look good on all device sizes, from smartphones to desktops to large screens. Here is how the light mode will finally look...
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6 Ways to Organize Your CSS

So you’re getting started with CSS, and you’re having a little trouble keeping it organized. Well, CSS has an inherent organization method that is right in the name: The Cascade. Whatever you write first will impact everything that comes after it; and it can all be overridden where needed. That, of course, is predicated on the idea that you’re building a small, static HTML site in 1998-to-early-2000s. Those were the days. Get off my lawn. Don’t get me wrong. The Cascade is as important as ever,...
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10 Pure CSS Modal Window Snippets

Modal windows were always the realm of JavaScript and there are plenty of scripts to try. But with CSS3 it’s even easier to create a modal in pure CSS. The effects are somewhat limited but you can still make an excellent experience without relying on scripting. Most of these CSS examples are scattered to various corners of the web so I’ve curated some of the best ones here. These vary from simple code snippets to more thorough libraries but they’re all open source and reusable. 1. CSS Modal...
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How to create a CSS3 progress bar

The progress bar has been used on the web ever since we realized that not everything would load instantly for everyone. These bars serve to notify the user about the progress of a specific task in your website, such as uploading, downloading, loading an app etc. It used to be impossible to create a progress bar animation without the use of JavaScript but thanks to CSS3 we're now able to perform animations, add gradients and some multi-color element inside a div. In fact HTML5 has also a special progress...
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How to make a ghost button in CSS3

With Halloween just a few days away, this seems like the perfect time to explain how to create an incredibly simple ghost button, in pure CSS. These buttons are referred to as ghost buttons because they have just an outline and let whatever is behind them show through. They’re incredibly popular with startups, because they have a minimal simplicity that fits that style of site. They’re also super easy to make, and can add real impact with just a few lines of CSS. To build one, the first thing you need...
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How to use CSS3 animation

In CSS3 we have two ways of creating animations: We have CSS Transitions that allow us to create some simple effects for things like hover; and we also have CSS Animations for more complicated effects. We can in fact create pretty much any animation we want using pure CSS and since it works with keyframes it uses a system we are already used to seeing in software like After Effects and Flash. In this article I'll get you through the basics of animating with vanilla CSS.   Browser support ... CSS Animations...

How to build Growl-style notifications with jQuery

Mac OSX is able to display message notifications — still referred to as Growl messages, despite the fact that the big cat moniker is no longer applied to versions. Many applications send Growl messages to the OS to let the user know that an action has just occurred. Wouldn’t it be nice to use messages like this on our websites? I think so. In this tutorial we’ll construct a notification like this with HTML, CSS3 and a little jQuery. Growl message functionality ... When more than one message is displayed,...
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