Google : End Of The Online Advertising Bubble – “a big chunk of ad spending is being stolen, plain and simple … The whole ecosystem is at risk of turning from growth to decline, overnight, in a rerun of what happened in 2000-2001.” long report by Kalkis Research.
WebExtensions in Firefox 48 – “Chrome add-ons can now be run in Firefox with no manifest changes”. Chrome extension architecture becoming a de-facto standard for extensions seems like a good thing for devs & users.
Payment Request API (Draft) “describes a web API to allow merchants (i.e. web sites selling physical or digital goods) to easily accept payments from different payment methods with minimal integration. User agents (e.g. browsers) will facilitate the payment flow between merchant and user.”
Scroll Anchoring a Chromium experiment that “keeps track of where you are on the page and prevents anything that causes a reflow from disrupting your position on the page”. Jolly good stuff.
Canonical content and AMP Andrew Betts of FT and W3C TAG asks “we’ve spent the last few years gradually moving away from m., and we’re now heading back towards that territory. Is this a conscious recognition that One-Responsive-To-Rule-Them-All was a bad idea?”
TokenLists: Missing Web DNA by Brian “Extensible” Kardell. “In Extensible Web terms, this isn’t asking for new additive functionality at all – it is explaining existing magic that already exists, but lies mostly dormant and unexposed in the bowels of the platform.”
On ads and ad blocking – another Publisher’s perspective, by Andrew Betts (who rightly calls me “one of the world’s top sevem most glamorous people”) of Financial Times “which makes part of its money from advertising”
Why say no to the madness of content migration -Paul Boag describes a process very similar to what my colleagues and I did in 2006 when we split The Law Society websites (a government requirement) and made new Solicitors Regulation Authority site. (Our first step to designing nav & what content we needed was this “Constitution” we wrote & got signed off by CEO)
Content Performance Policy – Draft spec “defines a set of directives that can be used by authors in order to opt-out of the user-agents’ slow path and apply self-imposed interventions on their sites, in order to make sure that they are as fast as they can be, and that the user experience is not harmed by either first or third party content.”