Style Guide

I’ve redesigned my site for the umpteenth time now. One big phase has always been the work on the basic visual appearance. Up until now, I scavanged my archive for posts that have the elements that needed to be styled: code blocks, quotes, etc. This was a tedious process. Now, I use this document containing all basic forms of content my site uses. My personal style guide.

What I mean with “basic forms of content” can be summarized by listing the set of elements on a page that can be styled with plain CSS element selectors (i.e. without any classes). If you’re familar with Harry Roberts’ Inverted Triangle CSS methodology, the style guide deals only with the elements layer.


Inline Styles

The most common forms of emphasis are italic and bold. Mostly seen in handwritten notes, another form is a mark. It tends to stick out of its context in a rather attention-grabbing fashion.

Rarely, you see abbreviations like MDN marked up with the <abbr> element. Edits made to a text can be repersented represented by marking up the parts that were deleted (with <del>) and inserted (with <ins>).

One of my favorite shortcuts in Sublime Text is Ctrl+D. It adds the next occurence of the current selection to the selection. For Visual Studio Code it would be F2 to rename a symbol, simply because it brings functionality often only found in full-blown IDEs to the world of text editors.


  1. First list item

  2. Second list item

    with content spanning

    multiple paragraphs.

  3. Third list item

    1. More creativity
    2. Even more creativity


Whenever accessibility is really hard, it’s usually just an over-complex component and should be dumped anyway.

Heydon Pickering

As my grandma used to say Remember, there is a proper HTML element for when one wants to quote inline.

Code & User Input

By default, code blocks work well but are rather limited compared to what we see in our text editors. It would be nice to have automatic line numbers. Maybe this can be done with CSS counters and by wrapping each line of code in its own code element.


Heading Level 1

Heading Level 2

Heading Level 3

Heading Level 4

Heading Level 5
Heading Level 6


Rain drops on a spiders’ web
via Flickr, shot with a Helios 44-2 1:2.0/58mm manual lens.

A figures’ caption should have a slightly smaller text size than regular text.