Tailwind Weekly #113: we got a cool tip, a community win, and a self-paced workshop launch πŸš€

Hello folks!

It seems the Tailwind Labs team is hard at work on the v3.3 version. Adam asked the community for ideas for naming new darker colors so expect a more detailed color palette in the upcoming release 🎨.

Now onto our usual content πŸ˜‰.

🌟 News

We got a couple of great news for the ecosystem this week but first, let's talk about a tip from Adam:

This tip is extremely useful when working with components and user-generated content. Now you have the full power of Tailwind CSS even with custom colors!

Next, the news! The popular create-next-app tool now asks you if you want to install Tailwind CSS on every new project. It's still on the canary version but it'll hit the main version soon.

It's been so rewarding seeing Tailwind CSS become mainstream and this is another great addition to the community!

And last but not least, our friend Simon released his first self-paced Tailwind CSS workshop! The main topic is working with "Multi-Style Tailwind Components" and I heard great reviews about the live version. Even better, it supports Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) so if you can get a discount depending on where you live.

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πŸ“š Learning

Create a Direction Aware Hover Effect Using CSS :has() Selector

This is another great video from CSS Weekly, showing the power of the :has() selector (or "parent" selector as some call it), this time with hover effects. I really love CSS weekly videos and this one is outstanding!

Everything You Need to Know About the Gap After the List Marker

I first learned about :marker when Tailwind CSS introduced utility classes for it and then realized how customizable it can be. This piece takes it a step further and explains everything you need to know about the little gap between the list bullet icon and the content.

Fancy Image Decorations: Outlines and Complex Animations

This is the final article on a 3 part series about making fancy image effects with CSS. This last one is all about using the outline property and the examples it has are 🀯.

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🎁 Resource

Sailboat UI

Sailboat is a component library made with Tailwind CSS and Alpine.js. It includes a lot of components like avatars, progress bars, modals, and many more. I really like their design choices, the components look clean and consistent. Β 

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