The pro's guide to CSS layout

Developments in CSS layout are taking the way we display website elements into a new dimension – literally, in some cases. We can rotate and scale elements; animate and transition them; make pages that respond to the capabilities of the device they’re being viewed on. And we still can’t make a decent grid without unnecessary markup or a lot of trickery.

While the web has grown, expanded and multiplied, the most fundamental aspects of CSS layout haven’t changed since CSS1.

But CSS3 is finally catching up. Now we have dedicated work on making new ways to construct pages, to create rich, dynamic CSS layouts that can take influence from, and improve upon, the best of print and graphic design.

This article is about those new CSS layout methods. About properties that are well implemented and that you can use now; properties that are beginning to appear in experimental builds; properties that are merely proposed, highly subject to change, and may never appear at all. Such is the rapid rate of change that I expect there to be some updates to some specs by the time you read this (to see how much has changed already, check out my post from 2011).

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