You are probably well acquainted with how links looks without any styling at all. That blue. That underline. That’s a link in it’s purest form. But what if we want to change things up a bit? Perhaps blue doesn’t work with your website’s design. Maybe you have an aversion to underlines. Whatever the reason, CSS lets us style links just like any other element.
With CSS, you can control the background of elements. You can set a
background-color to fill it with a solid color, a
background-image to fill it with (you guessed it) an image, or even both:
Here’s an example where I’m using an SVG image file as the background, embedded right in the CSS as a data URL.
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CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets.
While most of the discussion about CSS on the web (or even here on CSS-Tricks) is centered around writing styles and how the cascade affects them, what we don’t talk a whole lot about is the sheet part of the language. So let’s give that lonely second “S” a little bit of the spotlight and understand what we mean when we say CSS is a style sheet.
The Sheet Contains the…
Observable launched a couple of weeks ago. As far as I understand, it’s sort of like a mix between CodePen and Medium where you create “notebooks” for exploring data, making nifty visualizations.
Check out this collection of visualizations using map integrations as an example. The entries are not only nice demos of the libraries or technology being used (i.e. D3, Google Maps, Leaflet, etc.), but also make for some interesting infographics in themselves.
In a note about this interesting new …