Dieter Petereit April 9th, 2018

Helper Duo for Web Designers: Htmlreference.io and CSSreference.io

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years...

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All of us have large references of our favorite tech publishers in our shelves, and we know the monumental guide sites à la SelfHTML and others. Oftentimes, we wouldn’t even need the massive encyclopedia, as a slim helper would suffice to do the trick. Just checking something real quick. What was that again?

For this exact purpose, there are two visual helpers for HTML and CSS. Both were made in the same forge, and can barely be told apart visually. Nonetheless, you’ll get help on HTML at htmlreference.io and support on CSS at cssreference.io.

Behind the two short references and the slim framework Bulma, which is the technological base of both sides, is the self-proclaimed CSS guru Jeremy Thomas. Thomas funds himself via sponsors and the occasional writing of short e-books.

Helper #1: The HTML Reference

At first sight, the two short references almost seem to be a bit too slim. However, this impression bears no substance and is more of a compliment to the maximally reduced display of the complex topic.

The HTML reference covers all elements and attributes. You’re not forgoing anything. The CSS reference, on the other hand, does not have this claim to completion. It covers 129 of the most popular CSS attributes. Most likely, you won’t miss anything here either.

From the landing page, you can either find your topic via the list of elements or attributes. Or, you use a free text search, to take you straight to the goal of your curiosity. A click on an element or an attribute gets you to the corresponding detail page.

Helper #2: The CSS Reference

Here’s where you’ll find all the required information. With HTML elements, this can be usage instructions, as well as the available attributes, or similar essentials. Thomas always gives you an example at the very beginning. This allows you to see the respective element in action, as well as as a source code, giving you a visual idea of the correlation between the two.

Definitely, make sure to add Jeremy’s references to your toolbox.

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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