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[Discussion] What is a CSS property or module that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

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With the assistance of the Treehouse staff, I've decided to begin posting a discussion question every week to the forums. We need some more discussion here. Thanks to Faye Bridge for the great job she does!

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What is an amazing CSS property or module that doesn’t get the attention it deserves from the community?


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2 Answers

Kevin Korte
Kevin Korte
28,148 Points

First I'll say this is a great idea!

For me it's the CSS calc() function.

So easy to use, incredibly powerful, and pretty solid browser support to boot. I'm not sure why it's forgotten about so much. Even I'm guilty of it.

Who doesn't like fluid sizes like width: calc(100% - 20px);


Haha, thanks! It's something I've been pondering for months now, but I haven't had to time to put towards it. I hope it turns out well!

I do think that calc() is way underrated. A while back, I read an article on using calc to build a grid system. It solves all the issues with inconsistent padding in nested grids in a very elegant manner.

Sean T. Unwin
Sean T. Unwin
28,690 Points

calc() is all kinds of wonderful. Hopefully it will be utilized more often now that there is better mobile support.

Sean T. Unwin
Sean T. Unwin
28,690 Points

I feel that viewport units, such as vw and vh, are very handy for flexibility (literally and figuratively). This (these?) can be even more powerful when used with calc() as well (see Kevin Korte's post).


One of the nice things about using viewport units is how I can create divs that occupy the entire viewport of the user. It's useful for making landing pages or sliders that immerse visitors.