Teaching Your Clients How to Use The Website You Built Them

I share my own thoughts on how you might go about educating someone you just built a site for. But it turns out I had a lot of fun putting together a ton of other people’s thoughts as well. I tweeted about it and got a flood of responses, so this article is an amalgamation of all that.

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What bit of advice would you share with someone new to your field?

The most FA of all the FAQs.

Here’s Laura Kalbag:

Find what you love. Don’t worry about needing to learn every language, technique or tool. Start with what interests you, and carve your own niche. And then use your powers for good!

And my own:

Buy a domain name. Figure out how to put an HTML file up there. Isn’t that a powerful feeling? Now you’ve got table stakes. Build something.

Definitely, go read other A Book Apart author answers because they are all great. My other favorite is just three words.

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The div that looks different in every browser

It’s not that Martijn Cuppens used User Agent sniffing, CSS hacks, or anything like that to make this quirk div. This is just a plain ol’ <div> using the outline property a la:

div { outline: inset 100px green; outline-offset: -125px;
}

It looks different in different browsers because browsers literally render something differently in this strange situation.

I happened upon Reddit user spidermonk33’s comment in which they animated the offset to understand it a bit more. I took that idea and made this little video to show them behaving even weirder than the snapshots…

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itty.bitty

Mark this down as one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a good long while. Nicholas Jitkoff has made a tool called itty.bitty that creates websites with all of the assets being contained within their own link. You can create a website without any HTML or CSS resources at all because it’s all been base64 encoded into the URL itself.

Take this crazy looking URL, for example:

https://itty.bitty.site/#How_it_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

This link contains all of the HTML and CSS that makes up the website. The really cool thing about this is that you don’t need a server to make an itty.bitty site — once you paste the link above into the browser it’ll fetch some code from the itty bitty domain then extract and inflate the data from there.

I’m not entirely sure how useful this is but it’s certainly a novel concept to me! Go ahead and start making your own itty.bitty sites.

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Writing Good Support Requests

My take on trying to be helpful to a support staff.

One bit is just as relevant for learning development:

Writing out a ticket will help you figure out the problem.

Sometimes when you have to take a second to collect your thoughts and explain something, the problem will become clear and maybe even the solution. Oftentimes, a bug is a bug and just needs to be fixed — but sometimes your support ticket might actually be something you can sort out for yourself and writing things out might be the first step toward that.

You know what they say, the best way to learn something is to teach it.

Just replace “ticket” with “forum topic” or whatever, on something like Spectrum.

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How to create a logo that responds to its own aspect ratio

One of the cool things about <svg> is that it’s literally its own document, so @media queries in CSS inside the SVG are based on its viewport rather than the HTML document that likely contains it.

This unique feature has let people play around for years. Tim Kadlec experimented with SVG formats and which ones respect the media queries most reliably. Sara Soueidan experimented with that a bunch more. Jake Archibald embedded a canvas inside and tested cross-browser compatibility that way. Estelle Weyl used that ability to do responsive images before responsive images.

Another thing that has really tripped people’s triggers is using that local media query stuff to make responsive logos. Most famously Joe Harrison’s site, but Tyler Sticka, Jeremy Frank, and Chris Austin all had a go as well.

Nils Binder has the latest take. Nils take is especially clever in how it uses <symbol>s referencing other <symbol>s for extra efficiency and min-aspect-ratio media queries rather than magic number widths.

For the record, we still very much need container queries for HTML elements. I get that it’s hard, but the difficulty of implementation and usefulness are different things. I much prefer interesting modern solutions over trying to be talked out of it.

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