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The mask property in CSS allows you to hide parts of an element. For example, if you have a black and white image, you can apply that as a mask and the black parts will force the element to be transparent on that elements. Masks can also match the alpha transparency of the mask image.
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Remember Tabletop.js? We just covered it a little bit ago in this same exact context: building editable websites. It’s a tool that turns a Google Sheet into an API, that you as a developer can hit for data when building a website. In that last article, we used that API on the client side, meaning JavaScript needed to run on every single page view, hit that URL for the data, and build the page. That might be OK in … Read article “Creating an Editable Site with Google Sheets and Eleventy”

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In previous articles, we explained what consistency is, the difference between "strong" and "eventual" consistency, and why this distinction is more important than ever to modern application developers. We also introduced the notion of ‘consistency tax’: the extra time and effort that a development team needs to invest if they choose a system with only eventual consistency or limited … Read article “Consistent Backends and UX: How Do New Algorithms Help?”

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There’s a design trend I’ve seen popping up all over the place. Maybe you’ve seen it too. It’s this sort of thing where text is repeated over and over. A good example is the price comparison website, GoCompare, who used it in a major multi-channel advertising campaign.… Read article “How to Repeat Text as a Background Image in CSS Using element()”

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HTML5 range inputs, in supported browsers and by design, don't show the user the actual value they are submitting. If you want to use the cool slider, but show the value, you'll have to do that yourself. Here we use the output element and jQuery to show the current value in a bubble that hovers above the range input.
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