I like it when people share what they wish for CSS. In the last few weeks, I read two awesome wishlists by Dave Rupert and Eric Meyer. In 2022, we got many new CSS features, my favorite of them are container queries, CSS :has, and subgrid.

I thought about brain-dumping all the things that I want CSS to have one day.

Flex wrapping detection

When I use flex-wrap: wrap, sometimes I wish there is a way to detect if the flex items are wrapped into a new line.

For example, say I have a section header that contains a title and a link. We can make this little component responsive with flex-wrap: wrap. The cherry on top will be to know when the items wrap into a new line.

I might need to add switch the position of a visual effect. For example, a border that is on the bottom by default, and is on the left when the times are wrapped.

.section-header {
  display: flex;
  flex-wrap: wrap;

Currently, we can’t detect when the items are wrapped. The only way is by using media queries to do the changes we want.

I wish we can have something like this:

.section-header {
  container-type: style flex-wrap;
  display: flex;
  flex-wrap: wrap;

@container style(wrap) {
  /* do the things you should do when the flex items are wrapped. */

The above isn’t the best readable CSS syntax, but you get the idea.

Flexbox gap support

Currently, there is no way to test if gap is supported when used with a flexbox container.

I haven’t dinged into the reason(s) but it’s a bummer. I want to check with @supports, just like this:

@supports (gap: 10px) {
  .element {
    display: flex;
    gap: 10px;

The above doesn’t work now.

Logical CSS gradients

CSS logical properties are great for building multilingual websites. Since Arabic is my native language, I build lots of right-to-left experience, and each time I use logical properties, I wish we have them in gradients.

Can we get that, please?

.hero {
  background-image: linear-gradient(to inline-end, #000, transparent);

Detect when sticky is active

I can think of a simple usage where I want to know when position: sticky is active. In other words, when an item is stuck.

.site-header {
  position: sticky;
  top: 0;

.site-header:sticky {
  box-shadow: 0 3px 5px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1);

Easing gradients

Let’s face that, CSS gradients on their own don’t look smooth. Each time I use one, I have to modify it to have a bit of easing.

I rely on this great tool to generate eased gradients.

.hero {
	linear-gradient(to bottom, #304365, ease-in-out, transparent);

The easing syntax is currently a CSSWG proposal, but no browser picked it up yet.

Animate text-decoration

I wish that we have a way to animate link underlines without using CSS background or pseudo-elements.

Why not have something like text-decoration-size?

a {
  text-decoration-size: 0%;
  transition: text-decoration-size 0.3s;

a:hover {
  text-decoration-size: 100%;

Leading trim

One of the challenges when working with some typefaces is having a different leading value which might result in inconsistent spacing before and after a font.

Currently, there is a hack that I [wrote about]((https://ishadeed.com/article/button-label-alignment/), which is to use a pseudo-element and vertically align it.

.button:before {
  content: "";
  display: inline-block;
  height: 16px;
  vertical-align: middle;

What’s better is to use leading-trim, a suggested CSS property that didn’t see the light till today.

.button {
  leading-trim: both;

Here is the article that I remember about leading-trim.

Force Overscroll behavior

Currently, we can prevent scroll chaining by using overscroll-behavoir: contain. Imagine having a modal, and when scrolling, the body element will scroll too.

This is supported now, but one thing I don’t like about it is that it won’t work if the element has short content.

That’s it. What are the CSS features that you wish to have today?