Saturday 29 August 2015
Modern CSS Layout, power and responsibility – Rachel Andrew makes the important point that if CSS Grid Layout loses subgrid, visual tools will produce flat HTML structures so everything is a direct child of the grid, thereby damaging HTML semantic quality (especially important as Grid Layout is the most natural, designer-friendly way to lay out pages) Mozilla’s Firefox extensions are changing to be
“largely compatible with the model used by Chrome and Opera”, perhaps including some Opera extras like sidebar API. Although they’d “like add-on development to be more like Web development: the same code should run in multiple browsers”, Mozilla will use their own .xpi format and require (unspecfiied) “small changes” to Blink extensions rather than using the vendor-neutral .nex format Opera proposed and uses, because apparently they’re “ skeptical of the benefits of standard packaging“.
Mobile Browsing Around The World by Peteypoo Gasston
Responsive Images Pt. 2 with Yoav Weiss – Yoav puts on a funny voice and draws really fast in this five-minute video
Where to Put Your Search Role – by Adrian Roselli. TL;DR, not on a <form> element, as that overrides its native semantics
Making radio buttons and checkboxes easier to use by UK Government Digital Services
User Agent Intervention – a discussion document by Dmitri “Web Components” Glazkov on what to when “user experience gets so bad that the User Agent is compelled to intervene”
Using requestIdleCallback, a “new performance API for scheduling work when the user is idle”, says Paul “Idol” Lewis
Houdini / CSS Face to Face meeting notes (day 1)
What Open Data can do for Africa’s growing population
Opera’s “Web on Wheels” brings free Wi-Fi to 20 Indian cities – to celebrate our 20th birthday, we’re taking a car around 20 cities for 10 months, bringing free, unlimited WiFi
EU’s new VAT rules forcing thousands out of business article on VATMOSS – mad EU sales tax changes on digital sales
WordSafety.com checks your product name against swear words & unwanted associations in 19 languages – caveat emptor, though; it didn’t flag up “Boobie Nob” and “TwinkSpank” for me
Stems: new open file format for music with separate tracks for drums, vocals, bass, harmony, and also the full stereo song for fallback in non-Stem software
The Slow Web by Cole Henley, is a well-written musing on the rather badly-written article by Hossein Derakhshan. Paul Robert Lloyd wrote and interesting follow-up, too.
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