Unused

I recently wrote Here’s the thing about “unused CSS” tools, where I tried to enumerate all the challenges any tool would have in finding truly “unused” CSS. The overarching idea is that CSS selectors match elements in the DOM, and those elements in the DOM come from all sorts of places: your static templates, dynamic templates based on server-side state, and of course, JavaScript, which can manipulate the DOM in any way at all, including pull things from APIs …

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Emojis as Icons

There are lots of unicode symbols that make pretty good icons already, like arrows (←), marks (✘), and objects (✂︎).You can already colorize these like a normal font glyph. Then, there are emojis, those full-color suckers we all know about. What if you could take just the shape of an emoji and use it like a normal glyph? You can!

Preethi Sam shows how:

.icon {
color: transparent;
text-shadow: 0 0 #ec2930;
}

Plus, an alternate technique using background-clip. …

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Hyperlinking Beyond the Web

Hyperlinks are the oldest and the most popular feature of the web. The word hypertext (which is the ht in http/s) means text having hyperlinks. The ability to link to other people’s hypertext made the web, a web — a set of connected pages. This fundamental feature has made the web a very powerful platform and it is obvious that the world of apps needs this feature. All modern platforms support a way for apps to register a URI

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WPCampus Will Be Streamed Live For Free July 13-14

WPCampus, a conference focused on WordPress in higher-education takes place this week between July 12-14 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’re unable to attend in-person or would like to watch the event from home, visit the WPCampus Stream page. Beginning July 13th at 9AM CDT, all general (more…)
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Doc Pop News Drop: WordPress 4.9.8 and the upcoming “Try Gutenberg” button

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. We now know the schedule for the next WordPress release, version 4.9.8, which features a big push for users to help beta-test Gutenberg. In this week’s …
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Random Day in the Life of a Developer

Yesterday, I started going through my email as soon as I got to work. I always start my day with email. I kinda like email. I read some interesting things in keeping up with the industry. I deal with some business things. I handle with some personal things. I make a note of the most important stuff going on.

Then I kept working!


I fixed a bug that was affecting Firefox exclusively. This code would set some elements in a …

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Google RankBrain SEO – How to Use Google’s AI to Your Advantage

The exact way Google ranks websites has long been an enigma. Only two years ago did we get confirmation about the two most important ranking signals (hint: content and backlinks). However, you might not know that the third most important is relatively new: Google RankBrain. RankBrain is a machine learning algorithm that the search giant …
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