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Doing it with style


What it's all about...

"Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents."

The above quote, taken from the W3C website, is one of the reasons for this site. Whilst I agree that it is a mechanism for adding style to web documents, I do not agree that it is a SIMPLE mechanism. It can be very complicated, as I found out when I took my first steps down this path.

CSS PLAY, by the way, is now listed on the website.

So I have created this site in the hope that it will help newcomers to CSS and show old hands that it is more than just a mechanism for styling your documents. It is oh so much more.

Because CSS PLAY deals with experimental CSS that is exactly what you get JUST CSS, no javascript or any other programming language has been used in any of the demonstrations. For javascript demonstrations please visit the Stu Nicholls website which will take you to another of my sites which is dedicated to demonstrations using CSS and minimal, unobtrusive, javascript.

Recent demonstrations

Tic-tac-toe Player v PC
Vimeo video Play/Pause button
CSS form valid checking
CSS responsive aspect ratios
CSS video aspect ratio converter
Tutorial autorun slideshow
Left/right wrap around gallery
Left/right auto play slides
Basic auto play slideshow
Responsive auto play gallery v2
Responsive gallery with auto play
CSS3 Tic-Tac-Toe Player v PC
Imagemap with CSS hover
EasySlide - Remix
EasySlide - Responsive Slideshow
Vimeo video hide control bar
Vimeo video selectlist & controls
Vimeo video autopause for IE8+
CSS styling of 'Awesome Icons'
Responsive click/tap droplist
Responsive click/tap menu
Click/tap multi level menu
Universal Slide In/Out Menu
Responsive Droplist Menu
Vertical Concertina Menu
Responsive Slide down/up Menu
Responsive Droplist Menu
3D Mega Menu
Flexbox droplist menu
Flexbox vertical accordion menu
Click/Tap multi-level menu
Team images and information
Ring menu with zoom toggle
Modern drill down menu
Responsive multi-level menu #2
Responsive multi-level menu
PC/Tablet/Mobile Concertina
PC/Tablet/Mobile Droplist
Responsive 'Wavy' Layout
Responsive 'Slanty' Layout
Responsive full screen slideshow
CSS only responsive 'blinds'
Responsive 'curtains' layout v2
Responsive 'curtains' layout
Basic flexbox 'sticky holy grail'
Flexbox Layout with sticky footer
Percent border and text size
IE7/8 Responsive 'Backgrounds'
3D Jack-in-the-Box with Music
CSS3 - 100% Background
Windows 8 Touch Screen Gallery
IE10 specific styling
IE6 foreground pngFix
timeAction Galleries

Use the correct DocType Definition (DTD)

Please , please, please note that for most of my demonstrations to work, especially in Internet Explorer, you MUST use a standards compliant !DOCTYPE, and for Internet Explorer this MUST be the first line of your (x)html.
Using <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> will switch IE into quirks mode.

A list of the recommended DTDs can be found at the following link:
Recommended DTDs to use in your Web document.

A little bit about us


CSS PLAY is a partnership between myself and my wife. My name is Stuart Nicholls, but known to everyone as just Stu. I am 68 years old, married with two children, worked as an electronics design draughtsman, until I resigned to become a self employed (freelance) web designer/adviser, and have a passion for computers and photography.

My wife is Fran Nicholls who assists in the day to day running of the site and also controls the accounts as well as having an input into the demonstrations.

We started out with computers in the 1980s when I began writing articles on the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum for the computer magazines of the time. I was also commissioned by McGraw-Hill to write two books on Z80 programming for the ZX Spectrum, Fran helped to produce the manuscripts for these books.

The web was the next big attraction and once more I have become hooked, as you can no doubt tell, with CSS. This site has been around since 2005 and is now at the forefront of CSS development.

We thank you all for your support and comments and should you wish to link back to CSS PLAY please feel free to use this button.

CSS PLAY button

What has happened to my previous home pages?

The alternative styles and my javascript switcher have been dropped from this new layout, primarily because any changes I wanted to make to this home page required updating the CSS for every style.

However, these styles have not been lost. If you wish to see my previous home pages then visit my archives.

But where's the code?

I have had many emails asking where the code/style can be found for the various demonstrations.

Well the html is always placed in the #info div, so examine the source code, find the <div id="info">.....</div> and in between is the 'code'.

In most case the style is embedded in the page <head>...</head>. This is done to keep it all together on the same page making it easier to find. In some cases the css is held in a separate file (where it should be) and is loaded in the normal way <link rel="stylesheet" media="all" type="text/css" href="path to css file.css" /> so just add this path to the address in your browser to see the css file.

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If your donation is for the use of a demo then please email me with the demo url after making your donation.


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