X-Chessboard: HTML5 Web Component

A few months ago I blogged about a fun experiment, explaining the creation of animated 3D chessboard and pieces with CSS3 and UTF characters only. Following my recent excitement and play with HTML5 Web Components I reused the CSS from the example and extended it to a custom tag, which when used as a simple HTML and without any JavaScript:

<acidjs-xchessboard id="xchessboard-01" boxsize="64">
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"rook", "color":"white", "position": "a1"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"knight", "color":"white", "position": "c3"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"bishop", "color":"white", "position": "c1"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "f7"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "g7"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "h5"}'></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>

Produces this beautiful chessboard:


Using it, you may define as many pieces as you need, and you can also specify their type, color and position on the board, using the data-bind attribute of the <acidjs-xchessboard-piece></acidjs-xchessboard-piece> tag:

    "position": "h5"

As usual – here’s the link to the demo, the code and the download, and on my HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Experiments and Insight website there’s a lot of other stuff that you may find useful.

Cheers and until later! See you on Twitter!

Animated 3D Chessboard With Pure CSS3. No Images. No JavaScript

I enjoyed coding this one last night. The word is about animated 3D chessboard, achieved with pure CSS, no images and no JavaScript, making use of nth-child selectors, 3d transforms, keyframe animations, generated content and the UTF symbols of the chess figures:


Supported Browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Opera Webkit
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 9+ (with nice fallback for the 3D stuff)

Not really much of a practical value, I must admit, but showcasing the immense power of CSS3 which can be used today. Have fun and enjoy the weekend!

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