HTTPS Usage – since 2015, from Chrome users who share usage stats.”Secure web browsing through HTTPS is becoming the norm. Desktop users load more than half of the pages they view over HTTPS and spend two-thirds of their time on HTTPS pages. HTTPS is less prevalent on mobile devices, but we see an upward trend there, too … the prevalence of HTTPS has increased quickly in Russia compared to Japan, which has seen slower growth of HTTPS usage.” Also, and a list of top sites (“By our estimates, the list of sites below accounts for approximately 25% of all website traffic worldwide”) and their HTTPS status.
Pointing the Way Forward – a nice overview of Pointer Events, which unifies listening to mouse, touch and stylus in one model and one API. It’s been a long and winding road to getting them in Blink, but they’re coming next Chromium version. Yay!
VR & accessibility – “there are people who will simply never be able to take part in VR as it currently exists … But other barriers are avoidable, through the right design considerations – through accessibility.”
SVG Authoring Guide by Doug Schepers (W3C) and Chaals McCathie Nevile (Yandex). Looks pretty blumming good.
India in mobile fast lane, but rural areas lag – “research shows that once a woman starts using a mobile phone, the impact is much greater than when a man starts using one, so recommends the government target women first in its campaign to expand mobile penetration in rural areas.”
Is WebVR Ready? – a look at the support of the various necessary APIs in browsers.