Going Off Web Standards

As my life gets more complicated, I sometimes have to accept the need to withdraw my attention from hobbies and interests that I don’t have time for any more. Such sacrifices are not always easy to make, but the one I made today after a review of my email backlog was all too easy: web […]

CSS Guidelines

I love Harry Roberts’ CSS Guidelines, so it’s great to see them move from a plain Markdown file on GitHub to a beautiful, readable web page, and being further developed (follow @cssguidelines) for updates. It really is essential reading for anyone serious about writing good CSS.

Security for All

Some really good thoughts from Jeremy Keith about the reasons for, and implications of, the web going SSL by default.

View Full Site — The Worst Anti-Pattern

This post from Jordan Moore isn’t new, but is relevant in the wake of Mobile Safari’s “Request Desktop Site” feature coming in iOS 8 (this feature already exists in Chrome on iOS and Android). I’d add an anecdotal observation: users don’t just look for the full site link when the mobile site is bad, they […]

Responsive Design vs Separate Sites

In a post from a few weeks ago on Signal v. Noise, David Heinemeier Hansson posits that responsive design stops being worth it when designing anything more complex than a blog1. There’s a point on the trade-off curve where rearranging everything, hiding half the page, and then presenting it as “the same template, just styled […]

Vim for people who think things like Vim are weird and hard

A good post by Harry Roberts on what Vim is really about and how it might make you productive. This has turned me from sceptical to curious — Vim is now high on my list of new things to try.

WordPress Startline

I’ve built quite a few sites with WordPress now, but the part I always find frustrating is the start — having to peel back all the cruft from one of the bundled themes to get a baseline I can build up from. So I’ve spent some time recently building a theme template that I can […]

One Year of Blink and WebKit

Interesting data on how the two codebases are diverging. I like how Blink dropped 25% of WebKit code almost immediately after the fork.

Supporting IE8 in 2014

Whilst we all enjoy the pace of modern browser development, with new standards often in users’ hands within months rather than years, unfortunately IE8 is still around in significant numbers. It was a huge step forward from IE7 — we could finally count on ordinary CSS 2.1 stuff to render reliably — but here in […]

CSS Preprocessors and brain rot

Seeing this tweet today triggered me to write this post, which I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of weeks: Overheard: “I’ve forgotten how to write CSS”. Sass: rotting developers brains since 2007. — Paul Lloyd (@paulrobertlloyd) May 13, 2014 I’ve only started using Sass in the last few months. I resisted it for […]