Platform UI background image and gradient utilities

If you’re not familiar with Platform UI, it’s a utility rich CSS framework we created.

As we look to migrate all of our apps and static sites to Platform UI, we realized that one of the core CSS issues we regularly hacked into place was background images.

Background image

Hack you say? Unfortunately, yes. Using Jekyll and Hugo regularly, we pull hero images from front matter. The only way to do that in these cases was inline. I know, gross! I agree!

<div style="background-image: url({% raw %}{{ .Params.backgroundImage }}{% endraw%}); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-size: cover;">

So how can we leverage our utilities in Platform UI to handle this - using data attributes? Welp, something like this would have been great!

data-background-image="{% raw %}{{ .Params.backgroundImage }}{% endraw%}"

// CSS
background-image: attr(data-background-image url)

Assigning type as url would have done it, but it’s just an experimental feature for now. C’mon future CSS🤞

We were still fixed on data attributes as the solution. Enter Javascript (you had to see that coming). Same path, different implementation.

<div class="background-image" 
    data-background-image="{% raw %}{{ .Params.backgroundImage }}{% endraw%}"
    data-background-position="top left">

Background gradient

While the momentum was there, we thought background-image: linear-gradient would be a win as well! It was😀

So following the same process, we created a simple linear-gradient that takes in 3 arguments and a fallback. All are comma-separated, so you can add to left or pink 20%.

<div class="linear-gradient ratio-16_9"
   data-gradient-start="pink 20%"

Now we thought we were done - this came along.

<div style="background: 
  linear-gradient(to right, rgb(229, 245, 255) 35%, transparent) 0% 0% / cover, 
  url(data-background-image="{% raw %}{{ .Params.backgroundImage }}{% endraw%}") 
  center center no-repeat;">

Combining background image and linear gradients

Following what we’d created to its logical conclusion, it Platform UI comes across class="linear-gradient background-image" we combine the 2.

<div class="linear-gradient background-image ratio-16_9"
  data-gradient-direction="to right"
  data-background-image="{% raw %}{{ .Params.backgroundImage }}{% endraw%}" >

To explore more on Platform UI Background utilities, click here.

Published October 09, 2020 by

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Kevin Hougasian Lead Frontend Developer
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Ted Krueger UI/UX Developer

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