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Today I learned a nifty and quick fact about CSS gradients. It surprised me that I didn't come across it before. CSS includes functions to define gradients as background images:

The linear, radial and conic gradients are not the only gradient functions, though. There are three very similar CSS functions that enable you to repeat a pattern in CSS.

.repeating-linear {
  background: repeating-linear-gradient(
    var(--primary) 0 1em,
    var(--secondary) 1em 2em

.repeating-radial {
  background: repeating-radial-gradient(
    var(--primary) 0 1em,
    var(--secondary) 1em 2em

.repeating-conic {
  background: repeating-conic-gradient(
    var(--primary) 0 36deg,
    var(--secondary) 36deg 72deg

You can read more about these functions on MDN:

Have a look at the devsheet below to see the difference between all these CSS functions.

Devsheet showing normal and repeating CSS gradients

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