CSS3 – A Novel Web Design Trend of 2011

CSS3 is the modularization of Cascading Style Sheets which allows additions to the specification and also limits the properties used in a given situation. It offers great flexibility and makes it much easier to recreate previously complex effects. It incorporates many time-saving rules like text-shadow, box-sizing, opacity, multiple backgrounds, border-radius, border-image, multi-column layout, etc. CSS3 is empowered by various modules which make it a novel web design trend of 2011.

One of the biggest advantages of modules in CSS3 is that they allow the specification to be completed and approved more quickly, because segments are completed and approved in chunks. This also allows browser and user-agent manufacturers to support sections of the specification and also to keep their code bloat to a minimum by only supporting those modules that make sense. For example, a text reader would not need to include modules that only define how an element is going to display visually. But even if it only included the aural modules, it would still be a standards-compliant CSS3 tool.

CSS3- A Novel Web Design Trend of 2011

Some of the new features of CSS3 are

Selectors: The selectors in CSS3 allow the designers to select on much more specific levels of the document. An advantage of this module is that many browsers are already starting to support the advanced CSS 3 selectors, so you can start trying them out now. Some new selectors are

  • matching on attributes and attribute values, including partial matches
  • structural pseudo-classes, such as the nth-child
  • a target pseudo-class to style only elements that are targeted in the URL
  • a checked pseudo-class to style any element that is checked such as radio or checkbox elements

Text Effects and layouts: This allows making changes to the hyphenation, whitespace, and justification of text documents.

First letter and first line pseudo classes: CSS3 allows properties to affect kerning and alignment of drop-caps.

Best Designed WordPress and Bootstrap Themes

Designmodo Shop

Paged media and generated content: CSS3 also supports more options in paged media such as running header and footers and page numbers. It provides advanced properties for print generating content including properties for footnotes and cross-references.

Multi column layout: This feature provides properties to allow designers to display their content in multiple columns with definitions like the column page, column count, and column width.

Ruby: CSS3 supports the ability to add small annotations on top or next to words. They are generally used to give the pronunciation or meaning of difficult ideograms.

Border radius: One of the most sought after features of CSS3 is its ability to provide rounded corners without images and JavaScript. Now creating images for each corner or importing a new library just to get the nice round shape is the thing of the past with CSS3 Border Radius. With CSS3, we can do this with only a few lines of codes.

Border images: This allows developers and designers to take their sites to the next level. It allows designer to be as creative as they want to be.

Box Shadow: Before CSS3 shadow image or javascript was used to apply a shadow or create the shadow directly in the image. CSS3 Box Shadow allows applying shadows to almost every element of a website.

Multi column layout: Using this feature developer can arrange text like a news paper type format. You can choose the number of columns, the column width, column gap width, and column separator. A feature like this was not possible before CSS3.

Multiple backgrounds: Earlier it required more than one element to have layered backgrounds. But CSS allows you to have multiple backgrounds on a single element.

Opacity: Another favorite feature in CSS3 is opacity. It is also the most used feature of CSS3. CSS3 property allows opacity to be used in a much easier way.

Animation: CSS3 has made animation easy. In CSS web kit-transform is used to spin circle graphics which has a best effect when viewed with the Mac Chrome or Safari.

Drop down menu: A drop down menu is well suited to the environment once it works with Chrome, Firefox, safari, showing a good look on the corners, box effect and text shadow.

Gradient buttons: Gradient is cross browser supported. It is much more flexible and scalable. A gradient button has more advanced features showing variation in text shadow, box shadow, border with rounded corner which can show a shade over the button with the help of gradient color adjustment.  A white transparent image is used to give a gradient effect as all the browsers don’t support CSS3 features. Gradient can be shown as light and intensive effects giving pleasant appearance.

If you use CSS3 effects in small degree and in a creative way, it can help give an original touch to your layout. It truly helps to take your design to the next level. CSS3 is extremely flexible to handle. It helps users to handle web design in a convenient way because it makes it possible to attach the CSS style information as a separate document or if the user wishes it is also possible to attach the CSS style information embedded within the HTML document. It also makes it possible to handle multiple style sheets, that is, multiple style sheets can be imported anywhere. Users can also specify many alternative stylesheets which enable users to make a choice between them as needed. Thus the modularized approach of CSS3 helps to develop and maintain the system on a per module basis and thus gives more flexibility to the system .Thus greater control and flexibility is achieved at presentation level by user of CSS3 because of the advantages and powerful features of CSS3.

It is only after using CSS3 that one comes to know how amazing and powerful it is to use. With CSS3 it is possible to handle eight background images to a single element which is really a powerful feature of CSS3 ability. Using this powerful feature of handling multiple background images per element, users can easily create various interesting effects without the need of additional elements. Thus it is an easier and efficient way of handling images. It also reduces the time taken to complete it. The selector feature of CSS3 helps developers to select specific levels of the document and work with it. The feature of browsers supports the feature of advanced Cascading Style Sheets Level 3 Selectors and thus making CSS3 more popular.

With all these wonderful features in its kit and various advantages offered by it, CSS3 is surely a novel way of web designing. It is bound to gain immense popularity. The future for CSS3 is bright and it is likely to be used widely by web designers.

MarkupBox

MarkupBox is a specialized PSD to HTML conversion company, backed with years of experience and diligent professionals. Our spectrum of services also includes implementing designs into Blog, CMS or Shopping Cart.

Newsletter

7 Comments
  1. Julio Feb 23, 4:14 am

    Yea css3 played a good part of my design life this year.

    Reply
    0
  2. TimMH Feb 23, 11:30 am

    CSS3 along with HTML5 is certainly a game changer and will make for a much more attractive and interactive future on the web. It is something we are trying to adopt and learn with each new project we undertake.

    Lets just hope that people of an older generation/or less computer literate will start to adopt the new browsers as we adopt the new technology that will improve there online experience.

    Reply
    0
  3. Markus Feb 23, 5:05 pm

    I love CSS3 but I can’t use here in country cuz ppl are stupid and they still use old browsers, it’s difficult for us work this way.

    :/

    Reply
    0
  4. Janna Mar 1, 9:17 pm

    The stuff you can create and achieve with CSS3 makes it so much easier to make designs that are that amazing. It’s too back that browsers are holding us designers back :(

    Reply
    0
  5. Mike Mar 4, 11:19 pm

    Do not use markupbox.com. They will not provide the page in time and they will ignore your messages.

    Thanks!
    Mike

    Reply
    0
  6. Wanwan Apr 3, 8:49 am

    Can somebody tell me what script to use for image annotation? I kinda like annotorius but I want it to be pins not path. Please help :(

    Reply
    0

Leave a Reply

*
* Minimum length: 20 characters