Sometimes I wish people would be just nice when communicating with each other, arguing with proper language. Sadly this isn’t always the case, especially on social media. Bear in mind that it’s all about being nice and smart to the other person regardless what he or she says to you.
But I’m glad there are many great people out there who share their thoughts, knowledge and do their best to make the world a little better. Thanks to them, thanks to you who support me every week, the new issue contains a lot of great stuff again. No worries, you won’t get bored this weekend.
- The new EU VAT rules have already shown their first victims. Here’s the report of the first week with the new law.
- Slowly some more details on the new Microsoft browser “Spartan” are revealed. Now it seems that it’ll feature tools like website annotations, notes, and Cortana integration which is responsible for flight, hotel bookings or parcel trackings.
- A few weeks ago I announced the beta feature of TypeKit subsetting options here. It’snow available to everyone.
- Firefox 35 is now stable. With that, it supports CSS
-moz-appearance: noneremoves the arrow on a combo-box, too. New ES6 features,
element.closest(), Resource Timing API, ImageCapture API.
Concepts & Design
- Favicons are often forgotten by designers, developers and user experience designers. But there are clever techniques for favicons that help the user on the page, especially if you offer interactive content.
- An extensive research about how to build the best sign-in and registration module possible.
Generic / Tools
- Understanding our role in the world of big data by reading this nice comic.
- The Guardian deployed 25 times in 2011, most of them manually done. In 2014 their highly automated deployment process did more than 24.000 production deployments. Oh dear, this is much but seems to work really well.
- Last week I shared a link on how to check if an image is progressive. Sindre Sorhus seems to have read this and built this node package so now you can check via npm, too.
- Autoprofixer 5.0 is out. It can parse browserslist,
HTML / SVG
- How Marcy Sutton audits a website for accessibility.
- If you think the usual methods to include SVG icon sprite into your site are not ideal, maybe try loading it with AJAX?
- Just last week I wrote about the 6to5 library. Now they announced that they’ll join forces with esnext, another similar tool to build the best ES6 transpiler out there.
- Font Character Inspector is a tool that creates a visual output of an Iconfont and displays the character together with its unicode reference.
- Osvaldas Valutis made a tutorial how to auto-hide your sticky header on mobile.
CSS / Sass
- What CSS properties, selectors and tricks do the TOP1000 websites (by Alexa rank) use? This report by Quickleft shows interesting statistics about these sites.
- What’s new in CSS Selectors Level 4? There are a lot of things ahead and I’m excited when we’ll be able to use them in our code finally.
- How to (ab)use
nth-childto invent new selectors. Pretty amazing technique to nest these kind of selectors to get very advanced and abstract selectors in CSS.
- Ben Frain shares his thoughts why he thinks OOCSS and similar approaches are anti-patterns to responsive web design. Definitely some good points in the article worth to read.
- Have you ever heard of
- Chris Coyier has some strategies to keep CSS specificity low.
- Do you sometimes feel like a failure? Do you admire the people who always share awesome articles, pictures, win awards and are better than you? Well, turns out, it isn’t the case. You’re different, maybe for the better. One thing I can tell you: You’re not a failure.
- Hear, O Internet.
- Don’t fight but start supporting each other.
- Where to work—all deserve a chance for quality employment.
- Whatever your role, you can contribute to the happiness and welfare of your coworkers. Embracing change in the workplace isn’t just up to managers, it’s up to everyone on the team.
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