Note archive: October, 2019

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Thursday, October 31st, 2019

It’s a Halloween Homebrew Website Club at @Clearleft this evening from 6pm to 7:30pm!

You can frighten Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey by having your own website.

Replying to a tweet from @adactio

Oh, wait, I see: that is expected behaviour. But a transparent border shouldn’t render (but does create an extra pixel of space for the gradient to begin repeating …got it!).

Replying to a tweet from @jaffathecake

If the ‘border’ is actually the gradient repeating …why does changing the border colour actually change the border colour?

border-bottom: 1px solid red;, for example

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @briankardell

The spec is literally the reason why microformats2 didn’t end up using data-* attributes. It isn’t “advice” in the spec; it is the spec. It specifies how data-* attributes should and shouldn’t be used.

Replying to a tweet from @cameronmoll

Or in the case of Facebook legitimising Breitbart…

Persuade your team to put commitment above alignment and trust it’ll end up being the alt-right decision.

Ba-doom tish!

Replying to a tweet from @danbri

I would like to see it done without data-* attributes.

(But this isn’t about what I would like—it’s about implementing standards correctly.)

HTML isn’t short of existing extension mechanisms: microdata, class, etc.

Happy 50th birthday, internet née ARPANET!

LO

“Talked to SRI Host to Host”

— IMP log, 1969-10-29 22:30, Charles S. Kline, Boelter Hall, UCLA

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Checked in at Brussels Central Station (Station Brussel-Centraal). with Jessica map

Checked in at Brussels Central Station (Station Brussel-Centraal). with Jessica

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @Una

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Future Home Of The Living God by Louise Erdrich

Replying to a tweet from @orionrush

I think you’re conflating hamburger menus with progressive disclosure: one is a subset of the other. Saying any progressive disclosure pattern is basically a hamburger menu is like saying all animals are basically fish. 🍔 🦒 🦔 🦓 🐟

Replying to a tweet from @orionrush

If you’re saying that a hamburger icon is a common convention, the data from usability testing disagrees.

But good point about the positioning of the close icon—I’ve fixed that now (the open/close trigger is persistent). Thanks for that!

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Checked in at Museum Plantin-Moretus / Prentenkabinet (Museum Plantin-Moretus | Prentenkabinet). with Jessica map

Checked in at Museum Plantin-Moretus / Prentenkabinet (Museum Plantin-Moretus | Prentenkabinet). with Jessica

Replying to a tweet from @andybudd

A Mind At Play: How Claude Shannon Invented The Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. I picked it up that time we were in Ada’s Technical Bookstore together in Seattle—I can bring it into the Clearleft studio on Monday if you like.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Reading 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal.

Replying to a tweet from @zonua

It’s because I want to own my own data. I consider my site to be the canonical link and the Twitter version to be the copy. I include links in both directions.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Had some fun at Indie Web Camp Brighton on the weekend messing around with @Stamen’s lovely watercolour map tiles. (I was trying to create Indiana Jones style travel maps for my site …a different kind of Indy web.)

Had some fun at Indie Web Camp Brighton on the weekend messing around with @Stamen’s lovely watercolour map tiles.

(I was trying to create Indiana Jones style travel maps for my site …a different kind of Indy web.)

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

So… I just met Dieter Rams wandering around the market hall in Frankfurt.

I just about managed to stammer out something in German about being delighted to see him.

That was unexpected, awkward, and delightful in equal measure.

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Checked in at Weinterasse Rollanderhof. Weißburgunder vom Kalkstein — with Jessica map

Checked in at Weinterasse Rollanderhof. Weißburgunder vom Kalkstein — with Jessica

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

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Checked in at Les Enfants Rouges. Mackerel followed by guinea fowl

Checked in at The Quiet Man. Session — with Jessica map

Checked in at The Quiet Man. Session — with Jessica

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Checked in at Café Campana. In the musée d’Orsay — with Jessica map

Checked in at Café Campana. In the musée d’Orsay — with Jessica

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Reading Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A Not So Dead Language by Darach O’Séaghdha.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @ChrisFerdinandi

For clearleft.com the font-loading strategy is to self-host woff2 with link rel="preload" as="font" in the HTML and font-display: fallback in the CSS.

For adactio.com the font-loading strategy is to not use web fonts. 🙂

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

It’s not “nobody” but I agree that it’s Sturgeon’s Law in action; 90% of responsive sites are crap because 90% of websites are crap because 90% of everything is crap.

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

You shall have my sword!

(Seriously, I very much want never-slow mode to become a thing. Whatever the AMP team are paying/blackmailing the search team with, do that for never-slow sites!)

Fact-checking @SlightlyLate: it’s true that desktop-first responsive design didn’t work—that never worked—mobile-first responsive design has always been the smart move. Don’t tar all responsive design with a desktop brush.

Replying to a tweet from @scottjehl

Alas, the latest update to iOS buries “Add to Home Screen” even more …and it was already pretty hard to find if you don’t grok “rectangle icon with arrow sticking out the top”.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @ChrisFerdinandi

I agree that Chrome has the edge on Firefox for JavaScript work (while Firefox definitely leads in CSS tooling) …but a little birdie from Mozilla told me that some exciting improvements are coming soon!

Replying to a tweet from @JoubranJad

Totally agree that getting something on the screen as quickly as possible is a prerequisite …but an app shell is not the only way to do that. Conflating the two is confusing.

It’s 2019 and Safari only supports the CSS clip-path property with a -webkit prefix.

It has been this way for over five years now.

Death to vendor prefixes!

Listening to @JoubranJad’s @FronteersConf talk, and I’m afraid I fundamentally disagree with his assertion that an app shell is a prerequisite for a good progressive web app. It’s one approach. Other excellent approaches are available.

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Checked in at Pathé Tuschinski. Fronteers — with Remy, Phil

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

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Checked in at Bar De Vlieg. Meatball Wednesday! — with Jessica

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @keinegurke_

Is that Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? I think in Ubik he also invented 80% of the Internet Of Things with a door that demands payment before opening.

I think the best panel discussion at #ViewSourceConf was me and @SlightlyLate having a lively debate by the cloakroom, like two weasels in a sack squealing about web standards.

But we agreed on a solution:

Step 1: destroy capitalism.

@JoryDotCom Question for the panel: where does the money for standards work come from? (And does money buy influence?) #ViewSourceConf