when you remember back when you went to school and think about if you really enjoyed learning? Especially when I remember the videos that I’ve seen back then, this was, to say at least, boring. But yesterday at UX Munich I first heard of »kurzgesagt« – a team of young people doing science education on YouTube in an interesting way. For example, learn how the solar system works in seven minutes. If you have some time, just take it and watch some of these beautifully created animated videos.
And when you’re finished, enjoy reading this week’s article recommendation, following below.
- The remote inspector, testing and debug tool Ghostlab is now available in version 2 and has a revised remote debugging tool and some more features.
- Chrome 41 (Stable) now is parsing
deferred scripts on a separate thread as soon as the download has begun. This is huge and is saving a massive amount of initial rendering time on a website.
- Chrome 42 (Beta Channel) adds push notifications, ES6 Classes,
- The latest platform build of Microsoft’s Project Spartan now supports WAI-ARIA landmark roles, more ES6 support (74%),
@supports, Web Audio API, unprefixed fullscreen API, Touch Events API.
Concepts & Design
- A detailed review of how Go Squared redesigned their login form.
- Why it matters to have a meaningful description text in your newsletter to get people to read it.
- Here are some free food outline icons by Wojciech Zasina.
Generic / Tools
- Find open source libraries, all on one place: libraries.io.
- SSL Labs now offers APIs that expose the complete SSL/TLS server testing functionality in a programmatic fashion, allowing for scheduled and bulk assessment.
Web Performance & Security
- See the difference between SPDY and HTTP/2 in a detailed, short comparison.
- Oh, and Akamai just enabled HTTP/2.
- Free Your Data is an initiative and a movement to enlighten, inform and challenge you with the truth behind what happens to your data.
- Why Performance Optimization is a process not an event.
- If you are in charge of administrating a server, here’s a massive OpenSSL Secutiry Advisory from this week.
- How to stay on top of Web Performance Optimization.
HTML / SVG
- An interesting and entry level article on Accessibility APIs—A key to web accessibility.
- And another article on Smashing Magazine came out teaching you how you can make use of SVG Sprites in animation.
CSS / Sass
- CSS Bliss is yet another CSS style guide, pulling the best ideas from BEM, SMACSS, OOCSS, SUITCSS but without all that pomp and cruft. Made for Sass/scss but can be applied to CSS, too.
- Give your responsive typography exact controls with CSS’
- The case of building a remote team and recognizing that it really rocks. But, just because it works for some it doesn’t for everyone.
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