Houdini, a CSS (cascading style sheets) standards effort at the World Wide Web Consortium to give developers more control over how a web page looks, now has its first APIs available.

Four high-level APIs are part of Houdini: for the parser, layout, painting, and animation worklet, representing major stages of the rendering pipeline. The animation worklet API will be available in beta in the planned Chrome 71 browser.

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There also are lower-level APIs, such as font metrics, worklets, and an API for properties and values. Worklets act as a Swiss Army knife of sorts, serving as isolated JavaScript code to help with performance, attaching to event loops.

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