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The CSS Podcast

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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the web’s core styling language. For web developers, It’s one of the quickest technologies to get started with, but one of the hardest to master. Follow Una Kravets and Adam Argyle, Developer Advocates from Google, who gleefully breakdown complex aspects of CSS into d… read more

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78: Season 4 wrap!

December 6th, 2023


I can’t believe we’re already at the end of season 4! This season, we’ve been focusing on CSS gotchas and resolving these common CSS pitfalls. And …

77: Why isn't percentage working here?

November 28th, 2023


In this episode, Una and Adam talk about percentage resolution for various properties like font-size, padding height and width. They break down and …

76: Why isn't my element stuck where I wanted it to stick?

November 15th, 2023


In this episode Una and Adam help you uncover moments where a sticky element isn't sticking. There are a couple of gotcha around implementing a sticky element and by the end of the show you'll know what they are and a …

75: Why isn't my custom property the value I expect?

October 27th, 2023


In this episode, Una and Adam discuss common gotchas with custom properties, which often feel fully reactive during use, but their limits and …

74: How do I center a div?

October 11th, 2023


In this episode we tackle one of the most asked questions of all CSS history.. how do I center this div? We'll cover multiple strategies that each …

73: Why is my animation glitching?

September 21st, 2023


On this episode of the #CSSpodcast, we’re diving into how to deal with glitchy animations in your code base!



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72: Why does my gradient have muddy colors in the middle?

September 8th, 2023


In this episode, we tackle the issues around getting undesirable gradient results. Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's the color space. We'll help you …

71: Why do I have layout shift?

August 31st, 2023


In this episode we're shifting the topic to layout shift, that moment where you watch the page adapt to something lazily loaded which has impacted the layout in some way where you see content shift around.




70: Why is my image distorted?

August 25th, 2023


Too small? Too big? Learn how to make your images just right and all the reasons they might be looking a little funky when you’re adding media to your interface.



CSS for Web Vitals → 

69: Why is it overflowing?

August 16th, 2023


In this episode we're overjoyed to overexplain why you may be having overflow in your page. somewhere over the rainbow, an overheating developer overcooked the inline sizes and ended up oversleeping for work the next …

68: Why isn't the margin applying?

August 9th, 2023


In this episode we explore why margin may not be working for you. We’ll teach you about block formatting contexts and margin collapsing! We'll make …

67: Why isn't z-index working?

August 1st, 2023


In this episode we explore why z-index isn’t working for you. We’ll teach you about stacking context and how to make sure you’ve set yourself up for layering success! Join us on this journey through positioning, …

66: Season 3 recap & what’s next!

November 22nd, 2022


Listen to Adam and Una recap all of the exciting landings they talked about in 2022 in this end-of-season recap. If you missed the others, don’t miss this one!

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65: Nesting

November 15th, 2022


In this episode Una and Adam talk about CSS Nesting, per the current 2022 spec draft. They'll cover the syntax basics, some gotchas and of course a bunch of examples. 



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64: Subgrid

November 8th, 2022


In this episode Una and Adam discuss subgrid, a special value for grid-template-rows or grid-template-columns. Learn the general details of usage, …

63: Media query range syntax

November 2nd, 2022


Media query range syntax is a really nice addition. 



62: Color functions: An update

October 26th, 2022


In this episode Una and Adam cover changes to the color level 5 and new color level 6 specs, so you can stay HD on the topic. Plus, a dive into CSS …

61 :has()

October 18th, 2022


:has() is a new CSS selector which allows developers to query for the presence of a child or state. It has been called the “parent selector”, but it’s much more than that! Using :has() you can style up and down a DOM …

60: Inert

October 11th, 2022


In this episode Una and Adam explain a non-CSS property, but very relevant front-end UI property, called inert. It's a way to have a visually guarded part of the UI also be guarded for keyboard and screen reader users.

59: Container queries

October 6th, 2022


Container queries (also known as @container) are a new entrypoint for truly component-based responsive design. In this episode, Adam and Una will …

58: Cascade layers

September 20th, 2022


In this episode Una and Adam cover Cascade Layers (aka @layer). It's a way for authors to control and orchestrate their own CSS layering which can …

57: DevTools Mini Series - Interaction

December 29th, 2021


DevTools Mini Series continues, this time on interactions. Una Kravets and Adam Argyle are joined by Jecelyn Yeen to discuss interaction, and …

56: DevTools Mini Series - Accessibility

December 22nd, 2021


DevTools Mini Series continues, this time on accessibility tooling. Una Kravets and Adam Argyle are joined by Jecelyn Yeen to discuss how DevTools …

55: DevTools Mini Series - Layout

December 15th, 2021


DevTools Mini Series continues, this time on layout. Una Kravets and Adam Argyle are joined by Jecelyn Yeen to discuss an overview of how DevTools …

54: DevTools Mini Series - Color

December 8th, 2021


Welcome to the DevTools Mini Series for The CSS Podcast. On this episode, Una Kravets and Adam Argyle are joined by Jecelyn Yeen to discuss an …

53: Season 2 wrap up

August 3rd, 2021


We’ve reached the end of season 2 of the CSS Podcast. In this closing episode, we recap every episode by sharing our favorite tips and learnings from …

52: counters and @counter-style

July 27th, 2021


Count on The CSS Podcast to cover counters. Una and Adam teach all the ways to create, reset, and update counters. Use them for lists, games and more!



Counters Level 3 → 

Pure CSS Games …

51: Styling SVG in CSS

July 20th, 2021


CSS and SVG are very intertwined, and you can create a lot of unique effects by combining the two. This episode dives into a few CSS + SVG tips and tricks, including where and how to use SVG on your page, icon systems, …

50: inherit, initial, unset, and revert

July 13th, 2021


This episode is about the very available CSS values inherit, initial, unset and revert. We'll help explain what they are, what they do and when to use them.



CSS Tricks Article → 

49: Accessibility

July 6th, 2021


Today we are breaking down accessibility related styling choices to ensure a better user experience for all of your users. These include focus visibility, keyboard navigation, and more! 


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48: Touch interaction

June 29th, 2021


Today we touch on touch interaction. Covering CSS's ability to change a user's touch experience with properties like touch-action, scroll-behavior, …

47: :is(), :where(), & nesting

June 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Adam and Una explore some CSS syntactic sugar! They discuss the :is and :where functions, how they differ, and how they’re paving the way for nesting. 



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46: Custom properties

June 15th, 2021


Custom properties, aka CSS variables, are runtime dynamic variables which allow you to store loose or typed values. They're free, super fast, improve code legibility, unlock powers, are reachable with JavaScript, …

45: Scroll timeline

June 8th, 2021


In this episode we deep dive the experimental Scroll Animations spec to bring you the breakdown on @scroll-timeline powered CSS animation. Learn …

44: Transitions

June 1st, 2021


In this episode it's all about transitions. What you can and can't transition, it's limits, and it's super powers. We'll finish up with ways to trigger transitions and a few tips and tricks.



CSS Transitions

43: Containment

May 26th, 2021


The CSS contain property can give you some serious performance gains by adjusting how and when the browser renders elements. In this episode, we go over all the different types of containment, and where you might use …

42: Snap points

May 11th, 2021


In this episode we're guiding scroll areas into their peaceful resting places, maintaining alignment, keeping visual harmony, and improving the …

41: Transforms

May 4th, 2021


In this episode we enter the 3rd dimension with CSS, placing and manipulating objects in 3D space with the transform property. 2D and 3D transforms …

40: @font-face

April 27th, 2021


In this episode Una and Adam talk about font adjustments when being used within @font-face. When fonts are loaded, there's an opportunity to provide …

39: Paths, shapes, clipping and masking

April 20th, 2021


Paths, shapes, clipping, masking, oh my! There’s so much you can do with CSS shapes—from creating transition effects to creating interesting and organic typographic layouts. In this episode we dive in to how to wrangle …

38: N-match Notation

April 13th, 2021


Welcome back to The CSS Podcast, where we cover all things CSS from accessibility to c-index. Today, Una and Adam will discuss a micro syntax for pseudo class notification when working with nth-child. 


Selectors level …

37: Cursors and Pointers

April 6th, 2021


What do mouse pointers, potatoes, and your fingers have in common? They can all interact with a screen! With CSS we can define how active our web …

36: Text and Typography

March 30th, 2021


In this episode we cover typography on the web from your CSS. From font properties to word breaking. Also, Adam gets thrown off and amazed at how dynamic the text underline property is and revels in the difference …

35: Background

March 23rd, 2021


In this episode we cover all the ways to style an element's background: using images, colors, gradients and more.



CSS backgrounds-3 →

34: Overflow

March 16th, 2021


In today's episode we cover overscroll and all the ways to handle content that's bursting at the seams. The web has a natural tendency to show …

33: Preference Media

March 11th, 2021


In this episode we narrow our focus on user-preference-based media queries, which enable you to create personalized experiences based on your users custom settings and needs.

Media Queries 5 →

32: Page Media

March 2nd, 2021


In this episode we talk about page media queries and all the ways you can pivot your styles based on device capabilities, viewport size, etc. 



Media Queries →

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31: @rules

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode we talk about CSS @rules and all the different customizations you can make to fonts, encoding, animations, Houdini, and more. 


30: Lists

February 16th, 2021


In this Season 2 kickoff episode we talk about lists; their bullets/markers, styleability and overall featureset. List-en closely 🤓

CSS Lists …

29: Houdini Series: Layout

December 9th, 2020


In this episode, we get a little more experimental as we continue the Houdini series and discuss the Layout Worklet, also sometimes referred to as the Houdini Layout API. The Layout API enables developers to write their …

28: Houdini Series: Paint

December 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we continue the Houdini series and enter worklet land! We go over the Paint Worklet, an API that enables developers to define canvas-like custom painting functions that can be used directly in CSS as …

27: Houdini Series: Typed OM

November 18th, 2020


In this episode we go over the TypedOM, a new API for parsing, converting, creating and managing CSS. It's typed, as the name suggests, and these typings not only help developers find bugs, they can make properties …

26: Houdini Series: Properties & Values

November 11th, 2020


In this episode we introduce Houdini! We start by talking about our hooks into the layout engine and CSS parser, so we can connect our custom functionality with some CSS authored by a designer or developer. These hooks …

25: Season 1 Wrap Up

September 16th, 2020


In this closing episode, we do a whirlwind recap of our entire first season! We go over every episode, from the box model to z-index to animations …

24: Blend Modes

September 9th, 2020


Today we are talking about CSS blend modes! Blend modes are super fun and allow you to specify how you want elements to interact in terms of their overlapping pixel values on the page.


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23: Filters

September 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we’re talking about CSS filters! We can alter the pixels of our web apps in similar ways to our favorite design tools. From …

22: Animation

August 26th, 2020


In this episode, we’re talking about CSS animations. With CSS animations a developer creates a set of keyframes, and then uses a variety of animation properties to describe how the element moves through each of the …

21: Gradients

August 19th, 2020


In this episode gradients take the stage as we share syntax secrets, tips and tricks, and probably teach you about repeating-conic-gradient. By the …

20: Functions

August 12th, 2020


In this episode we talk about the runtime dynamic side of CSS, commonly recognized as a CSS function. Today, in similar fashion to other episodes, we’ll be doing a massive overview of all the CSS functions, to be later …

19: Z-Index and Stacking Context

August 5th, 2020


In today’s episode, we’re talking about z-index and stacking context. This is a pretty in-depth topic, but it's something that we see all the time and it can definitely bite if you aren’t aware of what’s going on.


18: Focus

July 30th, 2020


Today we discuss: focus! Focus  is something we regularly deal with when writing styles and is also very tied to markup and attributes like tabindex, …

17: Shadows

July 22nd, 2020


Today we’re talking about shadows! Box shadows, drop shadows, text shadows, and everything in between. Shadows can exist all over our UIs without us even realizing it because sometimes, they just look like borders.


16: Borders

July 15th, 2020


Today we’re talking about borders! And while this sounds relatively simplistic, borders in CSS can actually get pretty complex very quickly. It’s not …

15: Pseudo Selectors

July 1st, 2020


In this episode we break down functional and regular pseudo selectors, CSS’s special hook into encapsulated element states. We can’t control them, …

14: Pseudo Elements

June 24th, 2020


::after and ::before? Pssh, do you know about ::first-letter, ::spelling-error, and ::backdrop? In this episode, we dive into the world of pseudo-elements and discuss how to use these unique declarations that enable …

13: Spacing

June 17th, 2020


In this episode we do our best to cover the many ways to create space on the web. From techniques like HTML entities nbsp; to gap, we cover the clever, hacky and clean ways you can create spatial relationships on the …

12: Logical Properties

May 27th, 2020


The days of  euro-centric spacing like `margin-top` are limited: instead, say hello to `margin-block-start` to define space that works within any linguistic context based on your layout needs.In this episode we shake …

11: Grid

May 20th, 2020


Tracks, gaps, areas and flow are hot topics in this full coverage episode on CSS grid. We don’t leave anything out, so you’re bound to pick up …

10: Flexbox

May 13th, 2020


In this episode we flex our flexbox knowledge and dive deep into CSS layout using the flexible box model. We talk about content axis’, flex flow, wrapping, order, justification, alignment, and more!


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9: Layout

May 6th, 2020


In this episode we provide an overview and slight history of laying things out on the web, starting from blocks and framesets, ending with Grid and Houdini. 


A History of CSS through 15 years of 24 ways →

8: Sizing Units

April 29th, 2020


We’re sizing up sizing in CSS in this episode as we break down all the different lengths and measurements in CSS. CSS makes using these things seamless, it’s great, but let’s study some of the intricacies here; how it …

7: Color Part 2 - Perception

April 22nd, 2020


Explore perceptual, human-centered, color in this episode as we review latest specs, latest syntaxes, theories and strategies for color on the web in …

6: Color Part 1 - Usage

April 15th, 2020


In this part 1 episode, we dive deep into using CSS color. We discuss ways to write and code colors, places they can go, functions you can use on …

5: Inheritance

April 8th, 2020


Inheritance and its effects in CSS are found all over your styles, almost invisibly, until further investigation through devtools or docs. In today’s …

4: The Cascade

April 1st, 2020


The “C” in CSS stands for the cascade! And that’s what today’s show is all about. Learn how the styles you write are affected by other styles, and how it all boils down to what the user sees.

4 Phases Of The Cascade:

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3: Specificity

March 24th, 2020


In this episode we talk about how the browser resolves multiple selectors targeting the same subjects and how it determines which style to actually …

2: Selectors

March 18th, 2020


Get ready to learn some new CSS vocabulary! In this episode we talk about selectors, a syntax used to find elements (subjects) in a tree. CSS uses …

1: The Box Model

March 12th, 2020


Where do scrollbars go, inside or outside the box? In this episode Una and Adam answer that and much more in their discussion of the CSS box model. …

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