Piccalilli Newsletter - Issue #25

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Sveiki! 👋

I can’t believe we’re already at issue #25. That means that this newsletter is nearly 6 months old 😱

As always, your support is super appreciated. Let’s dive into the CSS!

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Create a semantic “breakout” button to make an entire element clickable

A common design pattern is to have something like a “card” element that has to be fully clickable. This is usually because it links to another page or triggers a JavaScript action.

The problem though, is that often, you end up with clickable <div> elements and other crimes, so I wrote this article to teach you how to achieve the desired effect, with semantic HTML, CSS and a bit of progressively enhanced JavaScript.

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Work Responsibly

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Some great content on this site and it’s just a generally lovely design which is very clean and well considered. There’s some lovely subtle touches there too.

Design Your Week RxJS

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You get a two-for-one from David with this one. You get to learn about state machines and experience some of his stunning animation and interaction work with CSS.


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This site ticks sooo many of my boxes.

✅ Mono fonts
✅ Lots of space
✅ Nice layout
✅ Attention to detail

The little pastas that hang around are lush, too.

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Pure CSS pixel art animation

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This is wild. It’s really clever by, Ben, who continuously makes rad stuff with CSS that blows our minds.

Lighthouse animation

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I love this, by Camila. The motion is butter smooth and the colour palette is superb. Lovely stuff.

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Recreating my child’s pre-school scrapbook with CSS Grid

Piccalilli pro, Michelle here using her own compound grid generator to recreate her child’s pre-school scrapbook.

As a parent of very young children and CSS nerd, I approve of this wholeheartedly.

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That’s all, folks

If you have any comments, feedback or submissions, please get in touch via Twitter or Email.

If you have written a handy CSS utility, CSS trick or tutorial, you can submit a link over at https://submissions.piccalil.li

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Until the next issue, take it easy 🙂