Bridging the gap between native and web
- how useful it is to distinguish between “web apps” and “web sites”? asks Chris Coyier. Very useful, said people. But no-one could actually define the difference.
- 300ms tap delay, gone away – Chromium for Android 32 beta removes the artificial 300ms delay on clicking in mobile-optimised sites (eg, those with <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width”>). Opera will inherit this too, if there aren’t accessibility problems in the beta stage.
- IndexedDB: Syntax for specifying persistent/temporary storage – don’t be put off by the dry title; Jonas Sicking from Mozilla discusses making sites installable and ramifications on storage types. Really great thinking.
- Manifests for bookmarkable/ installable web pages – Mozilla has an external manifest file system which it’s standardising in W3C But, asks its editor, could the same functionality be folded back into the webpage using familiar <meta> and friends?
- Mobile app startups are failing like it’s 1999 – “How can we stop the madness? What can do we do to combine the agility we learned in the past decade with the requirements of the App Store?”
- Meet the TAG: Q&A Panel and Web Developer Mixer attendee directory – Jan 7 2014, Lahhndaahn. Alex Russell, Anne van Kesteran and Dan Applequist will answer questions about the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group, then play selected songs by The Carpenters on bagpipes, ocharina and kazoo (respectively). I’m going too. Come along!
- Performance Calendar – Browser Wishlist 2013 by Steve Souders
- Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard – splendid article from Chris Coyier on 24ways
- The (other) Web we lost by John Allsopp: “simplicity, modularity, compatibility, and extensibility”
- This is a website says Zeldman: “Blogging may have been a fad, a semi-comic emblem of a time, like CB Radio and disco dancing, but independent writing and publishing is not”