A useful text editor that analyses your writing for excess verbiage and sloppy construction. It helps you process your words, as it were.
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
I don’t work in the tech industry. I work on the Web.
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
If your startup gets acquired and shut down by a larger company, this is the way to announce it—no “we’re excited to announce”; no “incredible journey”. Instead there’s an apology and regret (which is exactly what your users will be feeling).
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Funny because it’s true:
The thing I regret the most is how my class addiction affected my relationship with HTML.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
A great talk by Amber on the history of personal publishing and the ideas and technologies driving the Indie Web movement.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
The transcript of Malarkey’s recent talk. Good thoughtful stuff.
A fascinating look at how Flipboard combines art direction and algorithms to generate layouts.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
So Doug Engelbart, Alan Kay, Ted Nelson, and Tim Berners-Lee walk into a panel…
Monday, March 24th, 2014
A reusable set of responsive patterns and templates for UK councils.
Bruce’s thoughts on ensuring accessibility in Web Components. He thinks that the vocabulary of ARIA is up to the job, so that’s good enough for me.
Some sensible thoughts from Addy on how Web Components might be peer-reviewed.
A healthy dose of scepticism about Web Components, looking at them through the lenses of accessibility, security, and performance.
I share some of this concern: Web Components might look like handy ready-made out-of-the-box solutions, but the truth is that web developers have to do much more of the hard graft that was traditionally left to the browser.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Cleanup of Silicon Valley Superfund site takes environmental toll | The Center for Investigative Reporting
A terrific piece of well-illustrated data-driven journalism.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
A cute approach to pairing typefaces: treat it like a dating game.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Yaili is documenting the process of retrofitting ubuntu.com to be responsive. I’ll be avidly reading each post in this series.
A short video featuring Jason Scott and Brewster Kahle. The accompanying text has a shout-out to the line-mode browser hack event at CERN.
Monday, March 17th, 2014
I like the way Aaron thinks. I also like the way he makes.
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
This is a wonderful piece by Maciej—a magnificent historical narrative that leads to a thunderous rant. Superb!
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
A terrific post from Trent, touching on all the important facets of building for the web: universality, progressive enhancement, performance …great stuff!
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition
One of the most fiendish user-unfriendly (but oh-so-witty) adventure games of all time is now online for you to enjoy with some added graphical flourishes.
Well, this is pretty nifty: Dan Gilmour is at Indie Web Camp in San Francisco and he’s already got some code up and running on his site.
Y’know, I’m not missing South by Southwest in the slightest this year …but I’m really missing Indie Web Camp.
I can’t wait to see this documentary on the monumental work at CERN.
Friday, March 7th, 2014
Scott writes an absolutely spot-on skewering of the idea that progressive enhancement means you’re going to spend your time catering to older browsers. The opposite is true.
Progressive Enhancement frees us to focus on the costs of building features for modern browsers, without worrying much about leaving anyone out. With a strongly qualified codebase, older browser support comes nearly for free.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
A lovely visualisation that combines two of my loves: space, and the correct use of the subjunctive.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Fast Company features Aral’s tantalising Indie Phone project that he’s been working on at Clearleft Towers.
Good to see Oskar the dog getting the recognition he deserves.
On the top floor of a commercial building in the old maritime city of Brighton, England, Balkan has been quietly hacking away at Indie Phone for the last several months with the rest of his team—Victor Johansson, an industrial designer, Laura Kalbag, a professional web designer (and Balkan’s partner), and her Husky, Oskar.
Excellent tips and tools from Google’s Paul Lewis on performance testing.
I did some consulting with the Wellcome Trust on this new magazine-like project, and it’s great to see it go live—excellent stories of science, all published under a Creative Commons licence.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
A handy way of automating the creation of old-IE stylesheets using Grunt. This follows on from Jake’s work in using preprocessors and conditional comments to send a different stylesheet to IE8 and below—one that doesn’t contain media queries. It’s a clever way of creating mobile-first responsive sites that still provide large-screen styles to older versions of IE.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
The alphabet illustrated with CSS.
Tom is running a Node School at 68 Middle Street on the evening of March 27th. I plan to attend and finally wrap my head around all this Node stuff.