Articles that I’ve tweeted this week. Not necessarily fact-checked, or endorsed.
- CSS Books “defines features often used when printing books or magazines. Using this functionality, documents written in HTML can be presented in a book-like manner, either on screen or on paper”. Includes footnotes, running headers, baseline rhythms, leaders, page groups and floating images into named page areas.
- Should the Pointer Events spec should also cover keyboards? asks Patrick Lauke. (in our mutual opinion, yes)
- A Rational Web Platform by Dimitri Glazkov (Google’s Mr Web Components) on blink-dev list. H e writes, “HTML is a UI toolkit, written on top of DOM”. Maybe, if the Web were only browsers. Ruminating. May be some time.
- CSS Object Model (CSSOM) Editor’s draft. “The core features of the CSSOM are oriented towards providing basic capabilities to author-defined scripts to permit access to and manipulation of style related state information and processes.” (Co-edited by my Opera collague, Simon Pieters). Also CSSOM View Module “provide authors with a way to inspect and manipulate the visual view of a document. This includes getting the position of element layout boxes, obtaining the width of the viewport through script, and also scrolling an element.”
- VP9 codec demo clip in WebM format. VP9 gives “video quality that is slightly better than HEVC (H.265) and is 50% better than VP8 and the best implementations of H.264 high profile” says Google. Compatible with Chrome, Opera 16+ and Firefox 28+.
- Google’s VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others, Gives 4K Video Streaming A Fighting Chance – “virtually all major hardware vendors will soon support VP9 natively in their products and allow Google’s YouTube to stream HD content up to 4K directly to computers, TVs and mobile devices.”
- W3C Cognitive Accessibility Task Force – Seeking Participation
- Please Bring Me More Of That Yummy DRM Discussion “Austening ourselves to the full Brontë” by Robin Berjon, W3C HTML5 editor
- 2014 Web Accessibility Predictions
- CSS Blend Modes could be the next big thing in Web Design
Browsers, techniques, resources
- The Jank hotlist – 173 Chromium bugs for squishing, that cause visual interruptions when interacting with a page
- Ten reasons we switched from an icon font to SVG by a developer from Lonely Planet who says “using font-face for icons has always felt like a hack”. I agree.
- Free Vector Maps “is a growing library of highly detailed free and premium royalty-free vector maps”
- Try on the face of Walter White, Kim Kardashian, or Barack Obama with this face-tracking JS library
- Punchy Ideas for Design Goodery – interesting £5 event about designing for social change in London, 6 Feb, from the Web Visions crew
- Old browsers, does it matter? by international Mozilla glamourpuss, Karl Dubost
- Faking a scam phone call using Vibration API and popping up dailer to premium rate number
- Porn trends in the UK: from time online to the biggest search terms – UK spends 9 min 42 secs on average porn visit (46 secs above world average) but “don’t come close to Americans”
- History Corner: From 20 years ago, Håkon W Lie’s Cascading HTML style sheets — a proposal
I’m taking a break to get some sun and even a bit of culture. Blog comments are disabled to stop comment spam. See you in a little while. XXX