6 Jaw-Dropping Things That Can Only Be Done With CSS3

CSS3 Logo in the SkyCSS3 is relatively new to the Internet, which is why not everyone has heard or has even started using it. That should soon change as they learn about the world of fantastic features that CSS3 allows without the additional use of JavaScript or any other external languages.

From animations to fancy border images, CSS3 is packed full of features that any website should be using.

Take a look at 6 exciting things that you can do using just CSS3.

1. CSS Animations and Transitions

Animations and transitions using CSS3 allow you to create web pages that seem far more alive with considerably less confusion that methods like animation through JavaScript might bring. Transitions allow you to create effects upon the appearance of different pseudo-elements (such as ‘:hover’), and animations can be defined using @keyframe states for seamless, event-independent loops.

The beauty of CSS3-driven animations and transitions is that they work in all major browser, which includes even Internet Explorer 10. This means that you can have interactive, eye-catching designs like parallax web designs without the need to rely on anything but basic CSS3 code.

2. Advanced Selectors

The days of using Ids to style individual elements is long over. You can now select elements based on several different types of criteria with CSS3’s selectors. For example, you can select the nth-element that is a child of another element. This allows you to style things like the second paragraph in a storybook-like design differently than you would the first.

Another use for selectors is in designing menus and other UI elements that solely rely upon CSS3. This results in your page being more lightweight and less prone to cross-browser errors.

3. Gradients and Patterns

Gradients are anything but new, though until now they have been mostly reliant upon browser implementation. CSS3 gradients work across all major browsers, and the patterns they can create can become stunning. For example, take the standard gradient that moves from one color to another. This is possible in CSS3. So are things like radial gradients.

Now, take the idea of a pattern of lines with alternating colors that run along a 45-degree slant. The rules that CSS3 uses to create these kinds of patterns can create more advanced gradient patterns, which includes everything from repeating circles to a mix of several different gradient effects in one element.
All this saves bandwidth by making the browser render the effects.

4. Responsive Layouts

CSS3 implemented a plethora of features that make full-width layouts that change in response to different resolutions possible. @media queries, the calc() function capable of mixing different units of measurement, and selectors like those that have been discussed earlier are all examples of the things that can make a responsive layout compatible across all major browsers possible.

The best part is that features like the flexible box model can allow elements to be reordered or to even have their behavior with how they interact with other elements changed.

5. Stylish Forms

Traditionally, forms have been an element with four hard corners that stuck out in any design that have even the slightest hint of a rounded corner. Styling them was anything but easy, and generally required several CSS and JavaScript tricks to do so.

With CSS3, it’s possible to create prettier forms that wouldn’t be possible before CSS3. Rounded corners, different fonts, different backgrounds, and whole new textures can be applied to forms by changing how they appear and act with CSS3.

6. Fancy Borders

Borders have traditionally been another lackluster element. The last notable feature added before CSS3 were the various browser implementations of rounded borders.

Now CSS3 allows you to create notably fancier borders. You can use repeating images with the ‘border-image’ attribute, pseudo classes, and a variety of other CSS3-only elements to create notably fancier borders than you could before.

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