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Wes Bos

Wes Bos

Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

Playing: 353: Hasty Treat - Stylin the Unstylables

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May 17th, 2021

Hasty Treat - Stylin the Unstylables

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In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about the different kinds of things that are difficult to style, how you can style them, and some future tech to look out for!

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Show Notes

Can it be styled? Solutions

04:28 - Just style the defaults

  • Most elements can be styled, though some elements are really just multiple elements grouped together into the shadow dom and are hard to style.
  • This leads to us having to re-create the visual UI, and often is a point of making inaccessible UIs.
  • Select
  • Input - number, date, etc.
    • Very hard to style
    • Often need appearance: none; for mobile
  • Checkbox / Radio
  • Generally speaking, these CSS Properties can be applied to all inputs:
    • font-size
    • color
    • padding
    • margin
    • background / images
    • outline (remember focus)
    • border

08:20 - Overlap with more dom elements, set background images

  • Checkbox / Radio / Toggle buttons
    • Often used :before and :after along with labels — e.g. label + input:checked
  • Select can have element overlap

14:13 - Re-implement the UI with JavaScript

  • Video / Audio
    • HUGE rabbit hole of things to code
  • Very important to maintain accessibility

15:46 - Use a UI Library

17:20 - Open UI

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