CSS Battle. Again!

I posted the other day that I started playing CSSBattle.dev and mentioned it in some online communities. I think people dig it!

I love that gRegor took a shot. And I think there’s something to his reaction:

I enjoy CSS but most of my daily work with it is routine stuff like forms, nothing too fancy or creative.

To me, making little graphics in HTML+CSS is so amazing I am impressed I can even do it. I am old enough to remember when CSS was something not all browsers supported! It was just to make the repetitive work of formatting text easier. I remember using it in Windows Internet Explorer and thinking “this is not ready for prime time, I need to stick to graphics and font tags for a while yet.”

I underestimated the aspect of it that is competitive. I don’t really expect to win. And I don’t care to minify my code. I’d be more interested in competing for speed and accuracy. The code size “code golf” aspect doesn’t appeal to me as much. I also never really was impressed by things like Obfuscated Perl or certain Regular Expressions. I know very well that all the code I write ultimately gets transmogrified for computer parsing, I am a human, and am content to read things I can read.

Anyway today I used aspect-ratio in my solution. I must admit I liked it! I’ve not used it in code I’ve deployed for myself or a client, but maybe I will now.

  body, div {
    background: #7D4886;
  body, nav {
    display: flex;
    align-items: center;
    justify-content: center;
  nav {
    width: 212px;
    clip-path: polygon(50% 0, 100% 50%,
      50% 100%, 0 50%);
    background: #670053;
  nav, div {
    aspect-ratio: 1;
  div {
    width: 100px;
    border-radius: 50%;

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