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Flexbox is here to stay and its time to start using it. Flexbox has more than 95% support globally, which matches support for calc and viewport units.  Bootstrap 4 will be supporting it and my new website will be Flexbox based as well :)

Oh and if you need older browser support … use Flexibility.

Bulma is a modern CSS framework based on Flexbox. It provides a nice set of core functionality and almost every kind component you might need to build a quick skeleton for your project.

Bulma

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Code My UI provides handpicked code snippets,  you can use in your own web projects. You can find website design inspiration, plus some code samples.

Code My UI

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NavNav provides a ton of CSS, jQuery, and JavaScript responsive navigation examples, demos, and tutorials from all over the web.

NavNav

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metisMenu offers a lot of options to tweak layout and usage. The plugin provides options for

  1. Vertical menus
  2. Folder Views
  3. Hover Menus

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OPTION 1

Use the CSS font loading API. Not supported in all browsers yet (MDN, W3C). You can call document.fonts  to get a FontFaceSet object.

  • check(fontSpec) – returns whether all fonts in the given font list have been loaded and are available. The fontSpec uses the CSS shorthand syntax for fonts.
    Example: document.fonts.check('bold 16px Roboto'); // true or false
  • document.fonts.ready – returns a Promise indicating that font loading and layout operations are done.

OPTION 2

Use Font Face Observer – its a small @font-face loader and monitor compatible with any web font service. It will monitor when a web font is applied to the page and notify you. It does not limit you in any way in where, when, or how you load your web fonts. Unlike the Web Font Loader Font Face Observer uses scroll events to detect font loads efficiently and with minimum overhead.

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OPTION 3

Use jQuery-FontSpy.js, works by checking the change in width of a string.

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OPTION 4

Use Webfont Loader,  if loading fonts from Typekit , Fonts.com, Google, Fontdeck or custom location.

This introduces the following events:

  • loading – This event is triggered when all fonts have been requested.
  • active – This event is triggered when the fonts have rendered.
  • inactive – This event is triggered when the browser does not support linked fonts or if none of the fonts could be loaded.
  • fontloading – This event is triggered once for each font that’s loaded.
  • fontactive – This event is triggered once for each font that renders.
  • fontinactive – This event is triggered if the font can’t be loaded.

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BackgroundCheck automatically switches to a darker or a lighter version of an element depending on the brightness of images behind it.

Pretty amazing and useful, when doing long  one-pagers with switching section backgrounds and navigation elements hovering above them.

BackgroundCheck

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Snappy is a PHP5 library allowing thumbnail, snapshot or PDF generation from a url or a html page. It uses the excellent webkit-based wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage available on OSX, Linux, Windows.”

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  • Only CSS. No JavaScript!
  • Small file size. Only 1.5KB minified and gzipped!
  • Easy to use. No config required.
  • Works in all modern browsers.

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SPLIT PANES / DOCKER allow you to display multiple areas, either side by side or one on top of each other. Nested layouts are often part of it. By dragging a divider that appears between the areas, the user can specify how much of the total width / height goes to each area.

I have been building a backend interface in the past weeks, that forced me to look into ways to organize the workspace more efficiently . I could code my own splitter, but is not a priority right now and makes no sense to always reinvent the wheel :)

Here some of the options out there…

Pure jQuery UI

This uses the jQuery UI draggable component and provides limited options :)

 jQuery UI

jQuery Plugins

Pure Jasvascript

CSS only

Enjoy coding …

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