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Erin Zimmer

But what about normal flow?

Erin Zimmer Software Engineer Cash App

Erin is a Google developer expert with over 15 years experience in a variety of languages, from JavaScript to Model204 (no, nobody else has heard of it either). She is currently a senior web developer at CashApp. She is an active member of the Melbourne developer community, and has spoken at conferences around the world. If you see her at a conference, she'll probably have knitting needles in hand.

But what about normal flow?

When people talk about CSS layouts these days, it’s all about flex and grid. And, don’t get me wrong, flex and grid are pretty cool. But normal flow is still the default layout on the web, so that's what most of your app is probably using.

And given that normal flow is so fundamental, it's important to have a good understanding of how it works. But how it works can be a little counter-intuitive. Why, for instance, can we easily centre a thing horizontally, but not vertically?

Let's have a look at the mental model behind normal flow, what kind of things it's good for, and when some of the newer, shinier features might be a better choice.

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