Tailwind Weekly #100: v3.2 is coming up and it's 🔥!
I'm very proud to say that this is our 100th issue! To celebrate I want to share Tailwind Weekly's origin story with you.
It all started just before the pandemic, I had been using the framework for a few months and fell in love with it almost immediately. I wanted to use it on all my projects and couldn't even bear the thought of using anything else. The other frameworks became painful to use and the feeling of not having to name classes over and over again was liberating.
Tailwind CSS felt very special to me, like a treasure you find in a field and you sell everything you own to buy that field because you think it's the most wonderful thing in the world.
But adoption was very slow back then and there were just a few of us on the official Slack chat. So I decided to do something about it. I have always loved newsletters and thought, "Why not write one for Tailwind?" That's how Tailwind Weekly was born!
I sent the first issue on January 4th, 2020, to just 20 subscribers, most of them friends from the Slack chat. Now we have more than 2,000 subscribers, it feels surreal!
My goal has always been for more people to know about Tailwind CSS and improve their CSS skills because I think the more you know CSS the more you'll love Tailwind CSS. Every week I pick the links and write the descriptions with that in mind.
It's been a pleasure to write to you for the last 2 years and I hope I can do it for more years to come ❤️.
Now onto our usual content 😉.
The Tailwind CSS team is looking for feedback for the v3.2 beta, which packs incredible features such as multiple config files support, new
@supports variants, dynamic
peer variants and more!
You can start using the beta by installing the
npm install -D tailwindcss@insiders
And also on Tailwind Play, just be sure to select the Insiders version on the top right dropdown.
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I don't usually share tips from Twitter here but Simon's tip was so good I had to make an exception! This is an issue I have encountered myself when working with Tailwind's dark mode config. If you use the
class strategy, the
dark class HAS to be in the parent, doesn't matter if its the
body or whatever parent element you choose.
The Power of CSS Blend Modes
Blend modes are very powerful but somewhat of a dark art for some, anything past the usual dark layer with opacity may feel complicated. Well, this article wants to dispel that notion and does it with style! The author outlines not only how to use common blend modes but shows you 3 stunning effects, all with just CSS and images. The first one made me go all 🤯.
I have always found a dark website aesthetic kind of difficult to do right. You have to take into account not just colors but also proper spacing, legible fonts, and good structure. videosdk has all of that and more! I think this is the best all-dark-mode website I have seen in a while and I have to say those gradients really make it shine!
For the curious, here's videosdk's description:
Embed customized audio & video calling APIs & SDKs and interactive live streaming APIs & SDKs to add live audio & video conferencing to your platform with Video SDK.
Yet another icons library but this one is special! You can automatically change the stroke width, the type (outline or solid) and there are round and sharp options! Overall I find the icons very clean and such customization options make them very flexible. They do lack social icons but I hope they add them in the future.
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