a bit early for this week but as I’m going to be on vacation tomorrow this edition is going out a bit earlier than usual. I wish you a great easter holiday and enjoyable weekend. Now on to the reading list for your next days:
- Chrome will soon allow you to record a filmstrip of the pageload in the DevTools which would be pretty amazing.
- Firefox 37 is stable now and adds
display: contentssupport, IndexedDB access from worker threads, new DevTools with CSS animation panel, security panel and debugging of remote tabs in other browsers.
- According to Google, about 5% of the visitors have ad-injecting extensions installed. Chrome wants to ban this now.
- There’s a good chance that there’s a new kind of socialized DDoS Attack method that likely has targeted GitHub in the last days. This example of GitHub being not available shows how dependent we currently are with our development stack and that we should really do something to be more decentralized. Because relying on one service only is not a good thing.
- Long after the last minor release, Bower 1.4.0 is out now featuring login and unregister commands, and some more minor new features.
- Flickr now finally supports CC0 and Public Domain licenses on their platform which is awesome and I missed it for years for some of my pictures there.
Generic / Tools
- Facebook seems to track all visitors and breach EU law with it. People without Facebook accounts, logged out users, and EU users who have explicitly opted out of tracking are all being tracked, the report says.
- Master the art of color contrast.
- Keith Clark on how to load CSS without blocking render. A break-down of what works and what doesn’t.
- Paul Irish has written up how to do in-depth performance audits. This is a big resource, sometimes not easy to understand because of its complexity but definitely worth to read and bookmark.
HTML / SVG
- If you have accessiblity problems, you have quality problems.
- Understand The SVG Canvas, Coordinate System, And Viewport with this great article by Stephen Bradley.
- You can always learn a lot from Sara Soueidan and here is her presentation “Building Better Interfaces with SVG” with many cool insights on SVG used for interface elements.
- There’s now a good chance again that node.js and io.js are joining forces again soon.
- Firefox is changing behavior in their keyboard codes in Firefox 37 so be sure to adapt your code accordingly.
CSS / Sass
- The demand for Element Queries is growing as more and more people face the very same issue and get annoyed by it.
- An easy health advice for people sitting all day in front of a computer by Julian Shapiro.
- An opinion you don’t hear too often publicly in our industry: “I put my family before my job”.
- Why it’s okay to want a good work-life balance and how stopping to apologize for it can help you achieving it.
- Mozilla is trying out to run a HTML-browser in the browser.
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