July 2012 - Broken Links Archive

A cover feature in .net, and a plea for help

The lat­est issue of .net Mag­a­zine has a cov­er fea­ture on the future of CSS lay­outs, writ­ten by me. It’s a snap­shot of the cur­rent sta­tus of the many CSS mod­ules relat­ed to lay­out, updat­ing the arti­cle of the same title I wrote for netmagazine.com in August 2011.

I’ve sent in a pro­pos­al to talk about CSS lay­outs at this year’s CSS Dev Conf, and would real­ly appre­ci­ate a vote for my talk to be select­ed. The num­bers of the talks are anonymised and ran­domised for each vis­i­tor, but mine is in the Cut­ting Edge ses­sions page, and is called A Triv­ial Shift: The CSS Lay­out Rev­o­lu­tion. If you could vote for that, and for me as a speak­er on the last page, I would be extreme­ly grate­ful. I feel bad for ask­ing, to be hon­est, but it looks like a great con­fer­ence and I’d love to speak there.

Oh, also, a tuto­r­i­al I wrote for a recent issue of .net has now been made avail­able online: Chain CSS ani­ma­tions togeth­er with JavaScript.


Browser review: Kobo Touch

Inspired by Anna Deben­ham’s report on the Nin­ten­do DSi brows­er, I thought I’d write a short review of the brows­er on my Kobo Touch eRead­er. The brows­er is hid­den away under Set­tings > Extras, below a big bold note that says it’s not offi­cial­ly sup­port­ed; but as it’s there, let’s review it.

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Lessons for devs from a responsive build

I’ve recent­ly fin­ished a build of a ful­ly-respon­sive site for a client, made with a group of friends (the site’s not online yet, it’s being inte­grat­ed with their sys­tems by their inter­nal web team). I’ve built mobile-opti­mised, flu­id and semi-respon­sive sites before, but this was the most com­plete respon­sive build I’ve worked on to date, so I thought it would be worth dis­cussing some of what we learned and had confirmed.

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Using Media Queries to test device resolution

There’s been much talk recent­ly about high-res­o­lu­tion web­sites, espe­cial­ly since the release of the reti­na-dis­play for iPad and Mac­book Pro. To make style rules for high-res sites you’ll need to use media queries, but that’s cur­rent­ly in a bit of dis­ar­ray with quite dif­fer­ent imple­men­ta­tions across browsers (what’s new, right?).

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Unlocking OpenType features with CSS

It’s great that we now have a huge range of fonts to choose from, thanks to the wide­spread imple­men­ta­tion of @font-face, but typog­ra­phy on the web is still behind oth­er media. Many Open­Type fonts come with a range of alter­nate char­ac­ters which can be accessed using var­i­ous soft­ware pack­ages, but aren’t avail­able to web browsers. Or rather, they weren’t. There’s a new CSS prop­er­ty which unlocks these spe­cial char­ac­ters, and that’s what I’m going to explain in this post.

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Aside

I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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