August 2012 - Broken Links Archive

A List Apart

For about as long as I‚Äôve been work¬≠ing as a pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al web dev, A List Apart has been the num¬≠ber one resource for design, devel¬≠op¬≠ment, and relat¬≠ed top¬≠ics, with arti¬≠cles that have gen¬≠uine¬≠ly defined the way we work, by authors who have risen to pre-emi¬≠nence in our indus¬≠try. And now, me too.

I‚Äôm real¬≠ly proud and delight¬≠ed to have my very first arti¬≠cle on ALA: Learn¬≠ing to Love the Bor¬≠ing Bits of CSS, a look at some of the more pro¬≠sa¬≠ic new CSS fea¬≠tures. It‚Äôs had a good recep¬≠tion so far, and hope¬≠ful¬≠ly that will con¬≠tin¬≠ue as I‚Äôd love to write for them again.

I’m also look­ing for more speak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, so if you know of any con­fer­ences look­ing for speak­ers, do point me in their direction.


Better SVG Sprites With Fragment Identifiers

Using SVG for scal¬≠able icon sprites isn‚Äôt a new idea, but the tech¬≠nique required to use them is (as with all CSS sprit¬≠ing) a lit¬≠tle ver¬≠bose, need¬≠ing mul¬≠ti¬≠ple instances of background-position. A fea¬≠ture from SVG1.1, Frag¬≠ment Iden¬≠ti¬≠fi¬≠er Link¬≠ing, makes it much eas¬≠i¬≠er, and will be avail¬≠able in the forth¬≠com¬≠ing Fire¬≠fox 15.

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Firefox supports @‚Ā†supports, gets my support

I‚Äôve been real¬≠ly excit¬≠ed about the @supports rule since I first heard the pro¬≠pos¬≠al for it, and now that an imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠tion has land¬≠ed in Fire¬≠fox Night¬≠ly (and is on it‚Äôs way in Opera) my excite¬≠ment has only increased. You can think of @supports as a native imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠tion of Mod¬≠ern¬≠izr ‚ÄĒ and hope¬≠ful¬≠ly that descrip¬≠tion is enough to get you excit¬≠ed too.

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Aside

I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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