The Ultimate CSS Survey: Part 3

1,589 responses

1. Do you think the W3C (or another organization) should introduce a better technology to replace CSS?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
21% / 335 resp.
2
No
78% / 1K resp.

2. Are you satisfied with the overall standards process used by the W3C in releasing and approving new CSS features?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
42% / 670 resp.
2
I don't know much about the standards process
40% / 635 resp.
3
No
17% / 284 resp.

3. Do you like the direction CSS standards have taken in recent years?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes, CSS is getting better every year
64% / 1K resp.
2
Yes, but I haven't learned a lot of the new stuff yet
20% / 327 resp.
3
I don't have a strong opinion on this
10% / 168 resp.
4
No, we're doing too much with CSS that's unnecessary
3% / 56 resp.
5
No
1% / 19 resp.

4. How often do you read the official CSS specifications?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Rarely
40% / 646 resp.
2
Sometimes
34% / 553 resp.
3
Never
13% / 219 resp.
4
Fairly often
9% / 157 resp.
5
Just about every work day
0% / 14 resp.

5. What is your opinion of the official CSS specifications produced by the W3C? (Note: this is not the same as "w3schools")

1K out of 1K answered

1
They're somewhat confusing, but I can usually find what I want
54% / 864 resp.
2
They're too confusing and/or complex
24% / 395 resp.
3
I've never read any part of a CSS specification document
12% / 194 resp.
4
They're well written and usually easy to understand
8% / 136 resp.

6. Which of the following new CSS features are you excited about?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Grid Layout Module
68% / 1K resp.
2
Native variables (aka custom properties)
67% / 1K resp.
3
CSS Shapes
53% / 802 resp.
4
Filters
45% / 688 resp.
5
Selectors Level 4 and above
44% / 674 resp.
6
Blend modes
42% / 638 resp.
7
Exclusions
23% / 353 resp.

7. Which of the following general CSS concepts do you have a fair amount of trouble with?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Styling forms
41% / 509 resp.
2
Pseudo-class expressions (e.g. 4n+1)
35% / 438 resp.
3
Controlling typography (ems, px, etc.)
31% / 382 resp.
4
Z-Index and stacking
22% / 269 resp.
5
Clearing floats
21% / 265 resp.
6
Specificity
19% / 233 resp.
7
Absolute/relative positioning
15% / 187 resp.
8
Block formatting contexts
10% / 122 resp.
9
Selectors
3% / 44 resp.

8. Which of the following relatively new CSS features have you worked with and have trouble understanding?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Flexbox
52% / 575 resp.
2
3D animations
41% / 455 resp.
3
rem units
23% / 260 resp.
4
Grid Layout Module
21% / 232 resp.
5
calc()
18% / 204 resp.
6
Media queries
14% / 161 resp.
7
Selectors Level 4
9% / 104 resp.

9. Have you started using Selectors Level 4 on real projects?

1K out of 1K answered

1
No
78% / 1K resp.
2
I don't know
13% / 207 resp.
3
Yes
8% / 140 resp.

10. What is your favorite single source of CSS articles or tutorials?

1K out of 1K answered

1
CSS-Tricks
56% / 893 resp.
2
Codrops
16% / 254 resp.
3
SitePoint
10% / 171 resp.
4
A List Apart
4% / 74 resp.
5
Smashing Magazine
4% / 73 resp.
6
w3schools (not the same as W3C)
4% / 65 resp.
7
Tuts+
1% / 16 resp.
8
Other
2% / 43 resp.

11. Which of the following do you use to keep up with CSS news?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Social Media (Twitter, etc.)
55% / 810 resp.
2
Email Newsletters
53% / 786 resp.
3
Codrops Collective
38% / 556 resp.
4
RSS
26% / 384 resp.
5
Designer News
20% / 302 resp.
6
Hacker News
15% / 223 resp.
7
Reddit CSS
7% / 111 resp.

12. Have you ever attended a CSS conference?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
17% / 276 resp.
2
No
82% / 1K resp.

13. Who do you think has been the most influential person in CSS over the past 10 years?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Chris Coyier
31% / 497 resp.
2
Eric Meyer
25% / 399 resp.
3
Ethan Marcotte
11% / 175 resp.
4
Lea Verou
8% / 133 resp.
5
Harry Roberts
5% / 89 resp.
6
Tab Atkins
3% / 49 resp.
7
Nicole Sullivan
2% / 44 resp.
8
Andy Clarke
2% / 34 resp.
9
Elika J. Etemad (aka "fantasai")
0% / 14 resp.
10
Other
9% / 155 resp.

14. What CSS book (any edition) had the most impact on your CSS education?

1K out of 1K answered

1
None yet
61% / 974 resp.
2
CSS: The Definitive Guide (by Eric Meyer)
13% / 217 resp.
3
HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites (by Jon Duckett)
4% / 70 resp.
4
The CSS Anthology (by Rachel Andrew)
3% / 61 resp.
5
Handcrafted CSS (by Dan Cederholm)
2% / 46 resp.
6
CSS: The Missing Manual (by David Sawyer McFarland)
2% / 43 resp.
7
CSS Mastery (by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, and Cameron Moll)
2% / 42 resp.
8
Transcending CSS (by Andy Clarke)
1% / 28 resp.
9
Other
6% / 108 resp.

15. Which of the following newsletters do you subscribe to and/or read regularly?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Smashing Newsletter
50% / 606 resp.
2
SitePoint Front-end Newsletter
41% / 494 resp.
3
CSS Weekly
32% / 392 resp.
4
HTML5 Weekly
29% / 350 resp.
5
Sidebar
29% / 350 resp.
6
Responsive Design Weekly
22% / 269 resp.
7
Web Tools Weekly
17% / 207 resp.
8
Web Development Reading List (by Anselm Hannemann)
16% / 200 resp.
9
Front-end Dev Weekly (by Galen Vinter)
12% / 154 resp.

16. What do you use as your primary CSS reference or "cheat sheet"?

1K out of 1K answered

1
I just use Google (or another search engine)
41% / 652 resp.
2
MDN's CSS documentation
22% / 361 resp.
3
CSS-Tricks CSS Almanac
11% / 176 resp.
4
w3schools
9% / 148 resp.
5
Codrops CSS Reference
4% / 69 resp.
6
None of the above
3% / 49 resp.
7
The official specs (W3C)
3% / 49 resp.
8
A print book at my workstation
1% / 18 resp.
9
A chart/table (or similar) that I've printed
1% / 17 resp.
10
An e-book
0% / 15 resp.
11
Other
2% / 35 resp.

17. Which of the following do you use to look up browser support for CSS features?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Can I use...
86% / 1K resp.
2
Google or other search engine
29% / 460 resp.
3
MDN
26% / 419 resp.
4
w3schools
14% / 220 resp.
5
CSS-Tricks Almanac
9% / 151 resp.
6
Codrops CSS Reference
5% / 82 resp.

18. How often do you post questions about CSS on a forum or Q&A site?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Never
54% / 867 resp.
2
Rarely
37% / 594 resp.
3
Occasionally
7% / 119 resp.
4
Very often
0% / 9 resp.

19. How often do you post answers to questions about CSS on forums or Q&A sites?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Never
48% / 762 resp.
2
Rarely
34% / 546 resp.
3
Occasionally
15% / 252 resp.
4
Very often
1% / 29 resp.

20. Which of the following Q&A sites have you used to ask or answer a CSS-related question?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Stack Overflow
89% / 983 resp.
2
CSS-Tricks Forums
21% / 237 resp.
3
SitePoint Forums
12% / 140 resp.
4
Reddit CSS
6% / 71 resp.
5
Quora
5% / 62 resp.