CSS Conditions – An Alternative To Container Queries

The concept of CSS container queries (aka element queries) has been around for quite some time, you can read more about them in this great article from Ethan Marcotte. They can be used today with JavaScript libraries like EQCSS or my own cq-prolyfill. But from the browsers side there is not much progress on this topic. Mainly because the proposed functionality cannot be implemented without mixing style computation and layout or introducing some sort of “viewport elements”, which both seem to be impractical or bad for performance.

I think there is an easier way to achieve what web developers want, without having to mess around with browser internals or circularity issues.

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Self-Referencing CSS Variables

Currently it is not possible to make a custom property in CSS reference itself. But this could be useful for several cases, e.g. if you want to modify a number for every nesting level of the same element:

:root {
	--border-width: 50px;
}
.component {
	border: var(--border-width) solid red;
	--border-width: calc(var(--border-width) / 2);
}
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What is a “Prolyfill”?

A “Prolyfill” or “forward polyfill” is similar to a Polyfill but instead of providing a feature which is already implemented by some browsers or part of the specification, it enables a new feature which will probably be implemented by a browser in the future. If a Prolyfill gets a great deal of attention from web developers, browser makers may think of implementing it.

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