The Web Can’t Survive a Monoculture – “Web developers are right to fear a monoculture, but they don’t seem to appreciate their agency in the solution. They have the power to protect the platform if only they take the call.”
Link Of The Week!! The Accessibility of Styled Form Controls – “A repository of styled and “styled” form control elements and markup patterns, and how they are announced by screen readers” by Scott O’Hara.
Uber’s Path of Destruction – “Silicon Valley investors amassed staggering riches while inflicting enormous damage on the rest of society (e.g., creating an uncontrollable surveillance apparatus, poisoning public discourse, exploiting massive anticompetitive power)”
Want my reading lists sent straight to your inbox? Sign up and Mr Mailchimp will send it your way!
A report from the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting – Uncle Tezza (@edent) joined the AMP Advisory Committee so Google aren’t surrounded by yes-men, and so you don’t have to. Buy him a pint next time you see him and give him a big snog to say thanks.
Sheetson – “Instantly turn any Google Sheet into RESTful API.”
Inside Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google on its Edge browser – “there were dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of what he calls “oops” incidents where Google would respond to Mozilla and say the changes were accidental and would be fixed. “I’m all for ‘don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence’ but I don’t believe Google is that incompetent,” Nightingale wrote.”
Gab is forking Brave, and Brave is forking furious – the Twitter clone for right-wing “free speech” zealots “is creating its own web browser using Brave’s open-source code, scrapping the BAT token, & replacing it with Bitcoin Lightning Network integration.”
Enriching Search Results Through Structured Data – SURPRISE! Structured data and semantic markup help SEO. Now with BIZ NUMBERS from Google. With unjustified recommendation to use JSON-LD, which I’ll blog about when I get more info about why they prefer that to HTML5 microdata
Inclusively Hidden – methods of hiding content and the accessibility impacts of each, newly-updated by Scott O’Hara
Grindr ‘up for sale on security grounds’ – “US authorities expressed concern that [Kunlun Group] the firm’s ownership of the US-based firm is a national security risk”. Kunlun is the leading partner in the consortium that own Opera browsers.