For years when designing web sites we'e had to use a lot of of image files--a lot!--for anything and everything. And I’m moving beyond content images here, thinking more about background images for textures, gradients, interesting borders, rounded corners, transparency, drop shadows, interesting fonts, and more.
This contributed to the whole experience being complicated, inflexible, and inefficient, with loads of assets and HTTP requests to deal with. Fast forward to the modern day, and the good news is that CSS now provides us with a lot of new tools for programmatically creating images for many common uses, making things a whole lot easier to handle.
In this talk Chris Mills will touch upon a number of more widely supported featured such as gradients, border-radius, border-image, and box-shadow, before moving on to what we can expect a bit further down the line with more nascent features like shaders, filters and masks. In addition, he will also briefly discuss what can be done about older browsers that do not support such features.