Talking of ‘The End is Nigh!’, The Web We Have to Save tells us how the web is DOOMED. There are one or two interesting points, but the while thing reeks to me of “get off my lawn!” and “these new-fangled ‘Beatles’ aren’t real music”. And using Medium as your soapbox to lament the centralisation of content is deeply ironic.
Safari is the new IE writes Nolan Lawson after Edge Conference: “we in the web community need to come to terms with the fact that Safari has become the new IE.” (Note that Nolan acknowledges that there are some mistakes in this article.)
Over the Edge: Web Components are an endangered species by Chris Heilmann after Edge Conf. “Web Components are a chicken and egg problem where we are currently trying to define the chicken and have many a different idea what an egg could be.” As usual, the flame-haired web standards adonis talks a lot of sense.
The state of Web Components by Mozilla’s Wilson Page, who says that although there’s lots of disagreements, “the end is near”. Hopefully, now the end is near, we won’t see the vendors all singing “I did it MY WAY”. Time will tell.
Meanwhile, in Re: Custom Elements: is=””, valiant Alice Boxhall fights the righteous fight for accessibility in Web Components v1 rather than v2. Or v3. Or never.
Media Session spec “enables web developers to obtain different levels of platform media focus and implicit access to platform media keys such as hardware keys found on keyboards, headsets, remote controls, and software keys found in notification areas and on lock screens of mobile devices.” It’s being prototyped by Opera, and we intend to send a Blink ‘intend to implement’ soon.
Adults’ media use and attitudes (PDF) – UK communications regulator (OFCOM) report “on adults’ media use and attitudes … with a particular focus on online use and attitudes”. Chapter 1 compares 2014 against the first report in 2005.
GOLD: Sex, Houdini and the Extensible Web – how the principles of the Extensible Web Manifesto speed up iteration of web standards, and how Project Houdini is bringing those principles to CSS (Disclosure: I commissioned and edited this.)
Trainspotting: Firefox 38 – Yay for our chums at Firefox for the release of FF38 with <img srcset> and <picture> support. CUDDLES.
CSS Form Styling Module – “A Collection of Interesting Ideas”. An attempt to begin identify the UI primitives that form inputs are made up of, and then provide styling hooks. Because it is, of course, vital that forms be in corporate goldenrod and peachpuff.
Canada Loves the Poop Emoji - "A new report on worldwide emoji usage finds a new kind of national character." TL;DR: Canada 💕 💩, US 💕 🍆, Russia 💕 ❄, France 💕 💕. (according to Tiffany Brown, "In the U.S., 🍆 is emoji slang for penis, which makes that report all the funnier".)