• New Tools: CSS-Preprocessor Roole and HTML Converter Markdown.css


    Astonishing things happen inside the development community. It keeps pushing out tools at an hourly rate, where some tools become essential and others are never again heard of. Today we will be looking at two tools, one from each side of this spectrum. While Roole, a JavaScript-based preprocessing CSS language, proves immediately useful, Markdown.css asks for a deeper look, or two.

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  • Toolbar.js for jQuery and Bootstrap: Flexible Toolbars in iOS Style

    No matter whether you like the design style of iOS or you don’t. We need not participate in the ongoing discussion about sceuomorphism. One topic cannot be disputed. I’m talking about the toolbar design Apple’s iOS introduced. Modern websites tend to adapt that concept more often than not. Tapping an icon or a link unveils more options. This is space-saving and an established implementation by now. The jQuery plugin Toolbar.js, created by Paul Kinzett from New Zealand, allows for iOS-style toolbars on any website. The tool is dead-simple to integrate.

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  • Tilted: HTML Elements Become Parallelograms With Maskew

    You know that you can tilt HTML elements into the shape of a parallelogram using the CSS3 property “transform”. Nice, at first sight. But then, calling “transform” on a picture leads to tilting the picture itself. Uncle Hugo is not amused about his new skewed look. And you know, it is his corporation you are preparing the web site for. To save you, I have found the JavaScript library Maskew. Maskew skews elements into parallelograms too. But it does not skew the content, only the frame. Uncle Hugo himself will not tilt (at you) this way…

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  • New Era: Computation of Time with Moment.js

    Calculating time values and displaying them correctly is not child’s play. There are lots of different units (Year, Month, Day, Hour etc.) and – more disturbing – different systems of numeration, none of which is decimal. But you need not fall into despair. Moment.js is there to help you. The small JavaScript library comes equipped with lots of nifty features for calculating time spans, converting international time formats and also cares for the output of the results. Needless to say that Moment.js works for different languages and time zones.

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  • Heyoffline.js Notifies Your Users When They Go Offline

    The new features of HTML5 offer online and offline events that can be queried to check for an existing internet connection. Especially web apps need to be able to rely on the proper transmission of the state of the web connection to avoid losing data. The JavaScript library Heyoffline.js provides functionality to achieve just that.

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  • – CSS3 Animations Leadfooted

    With the introduction of CSS3 we are able to use animated hover effects and other transitions. These transitions can be induced through the use of so-called easings. Easings differ in the way they start and accelerate or slow down and stop an animation. The website has put together an overview of available easings. On top of that they provide some additional effects complete with source code for your easing pleasure.

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  • Conditionizr for jQuery – Conditional Loader For Scripts And Styles

    Conditional comments. Who as a web developer has never been confronted with the necessity of dealing with IE by the use of conditional comments? IE has had no way of getting round these methods of handling quirks and insufficiencies, but also in other browsers targeting their special capabilities can have its advantages. Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to serve contents in the most optimal way to any user out there, regardless of their devices and browsers? The jQuery plugin Conditionizr promises to deliver just that solution for the most modern web developments out there.

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  • Create.js – InPage Editing for Content Management Systems Using HTML5

    Thinking about strategies of how to best edit web content, we will rather quickly agree that the so-called inline or inpage editing is the best way to do it. Inline editing means the editing of web contents right inside their original layout. Still this best way is supported by only very few systems. The project Create.js provides a module for almost every CMS out there to relatively easily implement exactly this, inline editing of any content.

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  • HTML 5: Speed Up Your JavaScript-Animations with requestAnimationFrame

    Thanks to CSS3 we no longer need Flash to produce good-looking animations. In general we do not even need JavaScript. But CSS3 falls short for some use cases. If you need to calculate or recalculate your animations, there’s no getting round JavaScript. You do not have to use setTimeout and setInterval though. These do carry the disadvantage of simply repeating a function in defined intervals. Looking at animations, defined intervals are not the best way to make them work. If you have been using these two functions, you probably already experienced difficulties in finding the values for intervals in match with the required animation steps. Furthermore, setTimeout and setInterval rarely are in sync with the display refresh rate, which leads to the effect, that animations cannot be precisely presented. It doesn’t have to be that way, though…

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  • Viewport Resizer: Extremely Flexible Bookmarklet Lets You Test Different Resolutions Easily

    A web designer’s tasks are far from getting easier. More and more different resolutions come to market and have to be addressed in professional layouts. The formerly rather simple distinction between a site for mobile and another for desktop users is not sufficient anymore. With the success of smartphones of the most different sizes the problem grows bigger by the hour. Of course we have media queries to address different resolutions properly. And even though they do work in the majority of cases you still have to test them properly.

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