From the department of taking credit for other peoples’ work, here’s a list of geek admin calendars running from today (December 1st) to Xmas day, compiled from tweets by Rachel Andrew and Andy Davies.
Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts – “It’s time to let icon fonts pass on to Hack Heaven, where they can frolic with table-based layouts, Bullet-Proof Rounded Corners and Scalable Inman Flash Replacements.”
Fontdeck to close. “Fonts will stop being served on 1 December 2016.” (Note: *next* year!) Migration plan etc in the link. The reason? “As neither OmniTI nor Clearleft have the resources to take Fontdeck to the next level, we had no desire to traipse around the Valley with a begging bowl; instead we took the decision to retire Fontdeck rather than let it wither on the vine.”
Unicorns and Bubbles in which Baldur Bjarnason writes “startups are generally staffed by cowboy coders who stack up lines of technical debt faster than a monkey playing Tetris”
Decommissioning a free public API – “relying on a free service you have no control over means adding a single point of failure on a volunteer basis” (by author of a side-project API that some set-top box manufacturer depended on
Job ad: Senior User Experience Designer Opera’s looking for one to work on Opera for Android with my nice boss, Andreas Bovens. “While professional UX experience is required, talent and ambition are your best assets”. Tell ’em I sent you.
Interview with Gramneenphone CEO (the leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh) – “Although people in remote areas in Bangladesh still have no access to proper education and heath services, they are changing their lot just using internet as the power of internet is huge.”
The Web Payments Browser API– a proposal for an API that “enables web developers to register payment instruments (credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, etc.), initiate requests for payment, and acknowledge requests for payment.
The Big News: Deprecating our AJAX crawling scheme – Google’s recommended SEO tactic is “following the principles of progressive enhancement”. I know that non-Chrome browsers will be thrilled at the immediate removal of browser-sniffing from Google’s own properties as they implement their own “best practice”.
Easy content organisation with HTML5 – Steve Faulkner’s refresher on using HTML5 structural elements to define page regions, in which he uses long words like a native English speaker
Screen Reader strategy survey – Heydon “Interesting Nuggets” Pickiering hopes to get qualitative data on how screenreader users approach “a new, unfamiliar web page, for which you have no prior knowledge or expectations”
Script-Based Web Accessibility draft proposal for a set of User Intention Events that build on ARIA to extend accessibility functionality to complex, scripted web applications, by Cynthia Shelley of Microsoft
Adapting without assumptions – “We need better ways to adapt content to the user’s current conditions.” Yoav Weiss writes a LongTweet (“a blogpost”) about it.
Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents – “Because of a software bug, loss of information was introduced where none should have been … For PDFs that were scanned with the named Xerox devices during the last 8 years, it cannot be proven what characters were on the original sheet of paper”. According to a BBC report, Xerox Vice President Rick Dastin “said that oil rigs, the military … were among the owners most likely to have switched their copiers to the setting”
Mobile-friendly web pages using app banners Google: “After November 1, mobile web pages that show an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page will no longer be considered mobile-friendly.”
Talking of pr0n: One lawyer’s crusade to defend extreme pornography – “Pornography is the canary in the coal mine of free speech”. You might disagree, but the piece is brilliantly written and worth it for the LOL at the end if the tiger-sex anecdote.