CSS Triangles, Multiple Ways

Fair warning! This isn’t a speedy, straightforward, expert-driven plow-through of how to set up these technologies. Although, by the end, we do successfully get it all going. This is about documenting the real-world experience of doing this kind of work. Some things work easily, some don’t. Sometimes it’s my fault. Sometimes the docs are unclear. Sometimes changes have happened under our feet. We have to battle through it all.

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