Difference between Translate & Position Relative
In this series, I’ll be exploring different CSS values (and properties) each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. We know that sometimes screencasts are just not enough, so in this article, we’ve added quick tips on the differences between translate and position.
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In this episode we’ll learn all about: The CSS transform property, Moving elements with translate and translateX, The performance benefits of using translate over other methods... The transform property allows elements to be moved from their natural position in the document whilst maintaining that original space – a bit like the result of moving elements with position:relative.
This tutorial examines the different layout properties available in CSS: position:static, position:relative, position:absolute, and float.
The CSS property, Z-index is the property that defines the display order of HTML elements using relative or absolute positioning “position: relative; or position: absolute;”. The value you give to Z-Index does not matter, but the value relatively to other elements Z-Index values will define which element comes in top of others.
The position property sets or returns the type of positioning method used for an element (static, relative, absolute or fixed).
The position CSS property chooses alternative rules for positioning elements, designed to be useful for scripted animation effects. A positioned element is an element whose computed position property is relative, absolute, fixed or sticky.
The aim of this example is to explain the usage of absolute positioning. This is a very powerful type of positioning that allows you to literally place any page element exactly where you want inside the webpage. Remember that these values will be relative to the next parent element with relative (or absolute) positioning. If there is no such parent? Well, it will by default go all the way back up to the element itself meaning it will be placed relatively to the page itself.
Predictably, the final tip in this CSS series is all about z-index. If you want to control the stacking order of elements, you can do so with z-index. But z-index will only take affect if the element also has a position value of absolute, relative or fixed. Placing elements precisely with position is great for building up complex layouts or interesting UI patterns but it’s common to want to control stacking order without moving the element from its original place on the page.
Understanding how positioning in the web works is crucial for responsive web design, as it allows us speak the same language with developers and helps make better design decisions. Compared to static design tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch) it's more complex as well, because the position depends on everything around it; scrolling, screen size and other factors.
To complicate things even more, different types of position in the web have names that are quite confusing – Static, Absolute, Relative and Fixed – where static isn’t really static and absolute depends on the placement. Therefore here is a short, visual manual of what is what.
Every now and then I look at using background-position-x and background-position-y but can never seem to find a definitive and up-to-date resource. To save myself the trouble in the future, I'm documenting it here. Positioning via separate X and Y values is a feature that Internet Explorer introduced but never made it into a W3C specification.
This code makes it possible to have a fixed position element that is relative to it’s parent. A normal fixed positioned element would be “out of context” and is very difficult to use in the most common situations with fluid designs. This Code solves that problem with as little code as I could possible get it so it will run in the most optimized way, while also allow you to customize it in many important ways which might suit you best.