Tailwind Weekly #114: v3.3 is here 🤩
We got a new Tailwind CSS release this week and it's packed! I love the new darker colors but wow those new gradient color stop positions are 🤯. See the news section for the entire list of new stuff!
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Well folks after weeks of waiting, Tailwind CSS v3.3 has finally landed, and its awesome 🤩.
Here's everything new:
- Extended color palette for darker darks: New darker 950 shades for every color.
- ESM and TypeScript support: Write your config file using ESM or TypeScript.
- Simplified RTL support with logical properties: Build layouts that adapt to different directions.
- Fine-tune gradient color stop positions: Specify exactly where you want each color stop to go.
- Line-clamp out of the box: Truncate multi-line text without a plugin.
- New line-height modifier: Set your font-size and line-height with one class.
- CSS variables without the var(): New shorthand syntax for arbitrary values.
font-variation-settings: Baked directly into your
list-style-imageutilities: So you can use horrible clip art for bullet points.
hyphensutilities: For fine-tuning hyphenation behavior.
caption-sideutilities: Title your tables with style.
My favorite feature of this release is the new darker color variants, they look quite elegant in my opinion 🧑🏻🎨, and will be very useful down the line. Can't wait for Tailwind UI to adopt them.
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<img> layout shifts: aspect-ratio vs width & height attributes
This one is an old one but still very relevant. I liked the rabbit hole the author got into trying to determine which one is best but in the end, as with most things, "it depends". I particularly prefer the aspect ratio method because it's faster and more customizable with Tailwind.
A Practical Guide to Centering in CSS
I swear every week I read a joke about how hard centering is in CSS but it's really not! It all depends on the scenario you got and this piece details and gives solutions to quite a lot of them. It uses regular CSS but you can definitely apply these tidbits with Tailwind CSS.
Everything You Need to Know About the Gap After the List Marker
Yet another list marker article but I promise this one is even cooler! It shows you all the limitations and gotchas of working with the
::marker pseudo-element and let me tell you, they're quite a few! Overall a great piece on a very niche topic.
Another week, another beautiful website! This one has a dark theme and lots of micro animations, but my favorite one is a cool flashlight effect when you hover over specific sections, it's so cool 😍.
CSS to TailwindCSS
This mini-app is part of a massive set of web tools on the Transform website but I find it fascinating. You can input CSS code and it'll give you Tailwind CSS code that works out of the box. I love that it adds arbitrary values for values that are not in the default Tailwind config.
This would be a great tool to use if you're migrating a legacy project to Tailwind CSS or trying to recreate an existing website with Tailwind. Oh, the possibilities!
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