What a week, eh? Some people called Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had a baby, and Instagram announced 15 second videos. And if that were not exciting – nay, dispruptively paradigm-shifting game-changing enough – check out these hot links!
Changes in rankings of smartphone search results – Google will spank you if you have faulty redirects (“when a desktop page redirects smartphone users to an irrelevant page on the smartphone-optimized website”) or App download interstitials
Grumpicon for SVG icons/ illustrations with PNG fallback for everbrown browsers
Is Github racist? asks Terence Eden in linkbaiting mode. No, but “we should consider the practice of not supporting Unicode as outmoded and dangerous as assuming every year can be represented by a two digit number”.
CSS stacking with display:table – a way of moving blocks out of source order without Flexbox by HTML5 Doctor Ian Devlin. Not as powerful as Flexbox, but for the use cases it serves its terser and better supported.
Exposing privileged APIs to web content – “a discussion on the challenges we face in exposing privileged APIs to web content and a proposal for exposing such APIs to web pages by mitigating the risks inherent in doing so.” by Rich Tibbett
Resource Priorities – “Using the lazyload attribute on a resource will signal to the User Agent that it may want to lower the download priority of that resource”
Do not view source! says CyberTrial Lawyer’s user agreement (which I paraphrase as it forbids me from quoting it). View source is prohibited because they own the intellectual property on all of the code. Which may come as a surprise the the jQuery and WordPress teams
This week’s reading list comes to you with a renewed vigour, and a zesty swagger in its stride, as several people sought me out at Google I/O to tell me how useful it is. Thanks for the feedback.
This is simply a list of stuff I’ve read this week, and posted links to over Twitter. However, I know that lots of real people don’t read Twitter all day, or it’s blocked at work, so this is an amalgamated list. Note that these links interested me, but I neither endorse them nor vouch for their accuracy.
Here’s your reading list for the next 2 weeks – I’m off to Google i/o where I’ll be speaking at the “Web Platform Fireside Chat” 3pm (to 3.40pm) on the Friday, Room 5. Come and say hi if you’re going to San Francisco (be sure to wear some flowers in your hair).
Some very meaty stuff this week, so it’ll last you 2 weeks (next week I’m in Las Vegas for Future Insights Live conference – use the discount code “Bruce” to get 10% off the ticket price).
HTML5 VIDEO bytes on iOS Mobile devices by Steve Souders: “Mobile devices ignore all values of PRELOAD in order to avoid high data plan costs, and instead only download the video when the user initiates playback … However, my testing shows that iOS downloads up to 298K of video data, resulting in unexpected costs to users.”
ptb/flexgrid: a flexbox-based CSS grid in 3.6k – “The flexbox layout is supported on Chrome, all versions of iOS, Safari 3+, IE 10+, Opera 12.10+, and Firefox 22+. Other browsers get the fluid Bootstrap 3 layout, except Internet Explorer 6 and 7 which use a fixed layout.”
jQuery 2.0 Released – “leaves behind the older Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 browsers”. I wonder if this, and Windows XP in its last year of Microsoft support, will give devs/ biz “permission” to stop supporting older browsers?
I Stand With Trolls – “I’m calling out our culture of blaming the employer for the mouthiness of their employees in a personal capacity … We’ll end up with a Twitter full of teen-agers talking about their bowel movements and a million carefully curated corporate accounts.
Introducing TAL – TV Application Layer, an open source library for building applications for Connected TV devices, developed internally within the BBC as a way of vastly simplifying TV application development
The Short Cutts – For SEO-minded people, “we’ve done the hard work and watched every Matt Cutts video to pull out simple, concise versions of his answers”. Very useful, serviceable, beneficial, advantageous, helpful, cheap iphone, sex
Is this photo grounds for death? asks Clementine Ford about the Tunisian blogger Amina whose topless protests against Islamism earned her death threats. The article appears in Daily Life, “a proudly female biased website with content tailored to women”, an Australian publication which proudly censors the photo of Amina’s breasts after noting “In a rational society, breasts have no more power to hurt anyone than a gentle breeze can blow down a house made of bricks”. (Ford told me that the censorship is not her choice.)