TIL – Today I learned

TIL #8

CSS variables can be used in style attributes.

p {
color: var(--color);

<p style="--color: red">Red text</p>

TIL #7

A horizontal bar of variable height can be animated through background-size when using a linear gradient background.

#til-7 + label {
background-image: linear-gradient(transparent 60%, #6ea 60%);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: 0;
transition: all 0.6s;

#til-7:checked + label {
background-size: 100%;
<input id="til-7" type="checkbox" hidden /><label for="til-7">Tap me</label>

The result looks like this: .

TIL #6

When using your OpenPGP keys with a smartcard (like YubiKey) remember to do a backup before executing keytocard! Keys are not written but moved and will be irretrievable.

TIL #5

In his post The Simplest Way to Load CSS Asynchronously Scott Jehl uses the media and onload attributes to lazy load CSS.


This can be combined with link preloading:

<link rel="preload" href="style.css" as="style" />

Make sure to have a fallback for loading without JavaScript!

<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />

TIL #4

Vim's r modifier suffix from the expand command can be used to strip the file extension of a file name which comes in handy when converting files.

:! pandoc % -o %:r.pdf

TIL #3

The :placeholder-shown pseudo class selects input elements currently showing a placeholder.

In Possibly the Most Useful CSS Trick Fred Adams is using it to show a search button only when an input field has been filled.

<input placeholder="Search …" />
input + button {
display: none;

input:not(:placeholder-shown) + button {
display: block;

Note: The ::placeholder pseudo element styles the placeholder text.

TIL #2

Editor theme variants are meant to be used on different daytimes.

TIL #1

CSS box-shadow values are animatable.

a {
box-shadow: inset 0 -0.4em 0 #00ff00;
transition: box-shadow 0.3s;

a:hover {
box-shadow: inset 0 -1.2em #00ffff;