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  • CSS Function Syntaxes (color and otherwise) - Tab Completion

    There’s a big change coming up for how we write colors in CSS. Tab Atkins recently changed the color functions syntax in the CSS specification. So in future, we will write rgb(0 255 0 / 50%) instead of rgba(0, 255, 0, 50%). This might sound awkward after years of doing it differently, but the reason for it are the new color functions available in CSS Colors Level 4, including color(). You can read more about this in Tab’s blog post, but for now be assured that the old syntax is likely to be supported forever in our browsers thanks to legacy support.

  • Introducing FlyWeb

    FlyWeb is a new experimental Web API that allows web pages to host local web servers for exposing content and services to nearby browsers. It also adds the ability to discover and connect to nearby local web servers to the web browser itself. This might be a bit hard to grasp now, but imagine this in combination with a decentralized service picking the nearest edge server via FlyWeb. You wouldn’t need any complex external CDN solutions that choose the “nearest” edge server via geolocation resolution or similar unreliable technologies anymore. Another use case could be an “off-grid on-the-fly network” with devices that use FlyWeb together with Bluetooth and WiFi chips to find other devices in the vicinity and hereby introduce a whole new area of network reliability. As FlyWeb is a technology experimentally developed by Mozilla, you need to have Firefox Nightly installed to test this out.

  • Introducing Visual Studio Live Share

    Microsoft announced Visual Studio Live Share which enables developers using Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code to collaborate in real-time. An amazing thing that Atom just introduced similarly to their editor with Atom Teletype—opening great new ways to collaborate and pair-program in a team.

  • Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Using page speed in mobile search ranking

    This week also brings us news from Google’s web search team: Starting July 2018, the well known Pagespeed tool will become a ranking factor for mobile searches. This marks a point in history as it basically means that finally a lot more webstandards and best practices are enforced by this change and leads to better web performance and better adoption of web standards and also accessibility features.

  • Secure Contexts Everywhere | Mozilla Security Blog

    The announcement with the highest impact (probably this year) comes from Mozilla: Starting immediately, Firefox will require HTTPS for all new features built into the browser from now on. So this means not only privacy or security relevant information such as Geolocation API require HTTPS to work but for example the next CSS property or a new JavaScript feature will only be usable if a site is served via HTTPS. Google Chrome made a similar announcement last year, but the team hasn’t clarified when they will do this. The impact, as you can imagine is quite big, and while it might lead to an even faster adoption of HTTPS, there’s also a risk that new features are not adopted by developers as fast anymore. As an effect of this change, we might temporarily see even more “optimized for Chrome” messages on websites until this browser follows the same strategy. One thing at least is for sure: This week marks a quite important point in the history of the web—no matter what the feedback will be, it’ll definitely be interesting and change the way we build all our websites.

  • Google Online Security Blog: A secure web is here to stay

    The big news from browser vendors don’t stop coming in: Google Chrome now announced that starting in Chrome 68 (to be releaded in July 2018) the browser will mark non-secure sites (HTTP) as “not secure”, marking the end of non-HTTPS websites. I just imagine all the clients with their small business sites and portfolios desperate about this change. It’s great to see the shift to a more secure web but sometimes I feel like those who decide don’t think enough about the impact of small entities using the Internet as well.

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