"gradients are images, just like a PNG or SVG or whatever. That’s why you can write them directly into background properties and have them display. The thing is, though, that you can use them anywhere a property accepts an image value. Like, say, list-item-image and list-item."
"Though each camp might have a different approach to tools, the important commonality they share is a deep understanding of the CSS that comes out the other side. Neither set of tools is a crutch for ignorance. Know your craft."
"Letting the aspect ratio distort to fit the containing replaced element nearly always looks horrible. And doing some kind of dynamic cropping or resizing on the fly each time might be more work than you have the capability to implement."
"In addition to the new predefined styles, the spec also offers an open-ended solution for the needs of worldwide typography by introducing the @counter-style at-rule — which lets us define custom counter styles or even extend existing ones — and the symbols() function."