Most developers prefer to keep all their CSS custom properties in one place, and a pattern that has emerged in recent years is to put those on
:root, a pseudo-class that targets the topmost element in your document (so that's always
<html> on web pages). But just because they're in one place and in the topmost element, it doesn't mean they're global.
prefers-contrast media query indicates whether someone prefers more or less contrast within the boundaries of your sites design. At least, that’s what I thought it meant, and it’s also how macOS seems to implement it with their ‘increase contrast’ accessibility feature. This is in contrast to the
forced-colors media query, which overwrites all your styles.
Earlier this month I was implementing a lightbox for devtoolstips.org using
<dialog>. I'll be writing about that soon but you can find the implementation in that link, it's remarkable how little code you need. While styling, I made use of the CSS custom properties that where already defined in the CSS to style the dialog and it's backdrop. Or so I thought.
Last Friday I went on the Syntax.fm Supper Club podcast to chat with Scott and Wes about everything Polypane. We go pretty deep into some of the features and in hindsight it’s funny how most of it boils down to “I needed this feature so I built it”. I had a great time geeking out about it so thank you Scott and Wes for having me!
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