- Safari 10.1 was announced a while ago already, and this week it finally came to Macs and iOS devices around the world. The new Safari version ships CSS Grid Layouts,
fetch(), IndexedDB2.0, Custom Elements, Form Validation, Media Capture, and much more. You can read more about what the new features are and how to use them in detail on the WebKit blog.
- Chromium is advising developers to not use
- This week Mozilla started with their Security/Binary Transparency project which allows third parties to verify that binaries from Mozilla match the original public source code exactly and also to check for its integrity. This is a huge step in open-source and binary app development that other applications out there would benefit from, too.
- The Chromium project is implementing the WICG proposal of a Feature Policy (see launch status), an interesting concept to complete other policies such as the Content Security Policy. By allowing site owners to explicitly allow or disallow browser features such as geolocation, webcam/microphone access and similar things, sites can better protect their users from exploits.
- A new paper from a joint venture of universities and Akamai Technologies introduces CRLite, a scalable system for pushing all TLS revocations to all browsers (PDF, 1.3MB). Currently, no major browser fully checks for TLS/SSL certificate revocations, but that could be changing soon if vendors agree with this research paper and start implementing the system.
- Carie Fisher shares her approach to a style guide that has accessibility guidelines built in.
- Paul Lewis and Stephen McGruer summarized how you can build performant ‘expand’ and ‘collapse’ animations, for menus, for example.
- Scientists came up with a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s an eye-opening, entertaining easy read that convinces with its storytelling style.
- Emily Dreyfuss from WIRED wrote an article about why Silicon Valley contributes to inequality by focusing on cool technological innovation instead of targeting real-world problems. The piece is titled “Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living”—a provocative but probably accurate title. And while there sure are exceptions (as there are always exceptions), we should remember to not blindly glorify tech, especially if it doesn’t engage with real problems.
- Ken Doctor wrote about “slower structural developments that shape society,” charting out what’s in between the extremes that we see in the news.