Reading List 242
Friday 8 November 2019
Apple Is Trying to Kill Web Technology – “The company has made it extremely difficult to use web-based technology on its platforms, and it hopes developers won’t bother”
Things We Can’t (Yet) Do In CSS – a very good article by @rachelandrew. As she says, many can’t be done on the web, but can with Prince, which you can get for free (for non-commercial use) to try it out.
free-for.dev – “This is a list of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.”
Focusing on focus – “focus was and is still quite complex to understand. But, at least now there’s a clear source of truth for it, and the browser vendors are working to make it interoperable”
What I’ve learned about accessibility in SPAs by @nolanlawson. “Here’s the best piece of accessibility advice for newbies: if something is a button, make it a <button>. If something is an input, make it an <input>.” Preach it, nephew!
Restricting Notification Permission Prompts in Firefox – “about 99% of notification prompts go unaccepted, with 48% being actively denied by the user”. No surprises here. People have much greater investment in apps they’ve downloaded than random sites.
The Evolution of Material Design’s Text Fields How user research reshaped the design of Google’s open-source text fields
Nipple reconstruction tattooist ‘keeps getting Facebook ban’ – because the sight of a post-mastectomy reconstructed nipple could seriously undermine the job of enabling fascists and facilitating genocide.
Alexa’s Struggle With African Accents
OpenType shaping documents – “we are seeking comments and bugfixes on the Indic-script, Arabic-like, Hangul, Hebrew, Thai/Lao, Tibetan, Khmer, Myanmar, default, and USE documents”
Opera presents the State of Mobile Web report 2019 for Africa – good to see Opera going back to its roots after its infatuation with high-ARPU “western” markets
The average web page (Sept 2019) and the average web page (October 2008) – So glad someone archived the ’08 Opera MAMA study!
Releasing Spleeter: Deezer Research source separation engine – separate an audio track into separate sources (e.g., split out vocals, bass, drums) using Tensorflow, with pretrained models for 2, 4 and 5 stems separation, MIT-licensed. That’s what I’ll be mucking about with on my “Fun Friday”.
Digital tools for democratic participation by mySociety; predominantly UK-focused.
Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media (Freedom House report). “What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation.”
Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia but .. but .. Saudi are our Wonderful Friends And Partners.
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