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    The stacking context rule is a fun quirk of CSS, and one that, in my own work, required me to think with portals in a small React project where a modal wasn’t overlaying the Wordpress admin panel entirely, because when inserted beneath the React root it was stuck in a lower stacking context.

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      The funniest part of IT is that we create “abstractions” that make it super hard to do trivial things and somehow most of us are ok with this.

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        I think that z-index is one of those things that’s super weird but where any alternative would also have its own share of bizarre weirdness.