On the detail and world-building in 40 years of William Gibson’s work.
Basically, if your form can’t register Beyoncé – it has failed.
Zonelets is a simple HTML blogging engine with scrappy, DIY spirit! I made it because I really want everyone to blog, but I felt that the existing options were generally overcomplicated and commercially-focused in a way that made web creativity feel intimidating and arcane.
I love the philosophy behind this blogging tool, which actively encourages you to learn a little bit of HTML:
Plenty of services can help you to “create a professional-looking website without writing a single line of code.” Now, thanks to Zonelets, you can create an UNPROFESSIONAL-looking website by writing NUMEROUS lines of code!
Cassie’s redesign is gorgeous—so much attention to detail! (And performant too)
For all your copying and pasting needs:
A delightful reference for HTML Symbols, Entities and ASCII Character Codes
My goodness, Meagan’s new site design is absolutely gorgeous! The colour palette, the typography, the texture, the motion design …it all communicates character and personality. Beautiful work!
When is a space not a space?
Tom talks about ogham stones and unicode.
font-feature-settings value demonstrated in one single page.
I’ve been wondering about this for quite a while: surely demanding specific patterns in a password (e.g. can’t be all lowercase, must include at least one number, etc.) makes it easier to crack them, right? I mean, you’re basically providing a ruleset for brute-forcing.
Turns out, yes. That’s exactly right.
When employees are faced with this requirement, they tend to:
- Choose a dictionary word or a name
- Make the first character uppercase
- Add a number at the end, and/or an exclamation point
If we know that is a common pattern, then we know where to start…
The (literally) hidden dangers of copying code snippets from the web and pasting them into the command line.
This cautionary tale backs up a small tip I heard for getting to understand how found code works: deliberately type it out instead of copying and pasting.
Glenn Fleishman on the war of attrition between primes and quotation marks on the web.
A thoroughly lovely look at the octothorpe that skewers a myth or two along the way.
The numero sign, the reversed question mark, the interrobang, the l b bar symbol, the Tironian et, the capitulum, and the ironieteken.
A nice profile of BERG’s Little Printer. That Matt Webb is a smart cookie. He is also a very thoughtful cookie.
Some excellent research for web developers: find out which unicode characters have the widest support—release useful for choosing icons.
Jessica’s handy guide to writing the right quotes and accents on a Mac keyboard.
The secret life of punctuation.
Kanji characters that transform into the animal they represent.