April 2013 Archives - Broken Links Archive

40% off when you pre-order The Modern Web

I’m very excited to be holding a copy of my new book, The Modern Web, in my hands, and nervous to see what everyone else thinks when it goes on sale next week. If you’d like a copy you can get a whopping 40% off when you pre-order through the publisher in the next week — plus every print copy comes with a FREE eBook. I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering, and look forward (guardedly!) to hearing what you think.

Introducing HTML’s new template element

You may have heard of Web Components, a suite of emerging standards that make it possible to build secure reusable widgets using web platform technologies. One of the first specs to make its way into implementation is HTML Templates, embodied by the template element, which as I write this is implemented in Chrome Canary and Firefox Nightly.

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The Modern Web: download a sample chapter

My new book, The Modern Web, will be released at the end of this month, and if you’re interested in reading a sample you can download a PDF of Chapter 6: Device APIs. Readers in North America can now pre-order a copy from the Barnes & Noble website, or drop in to a B&N store in a few weeks.

Creating a custom icon font using IcoMoon

As you probably know, icon (or, symbol) fonts are a great way to implement scalable, styleable icons which work across pretty much every browser (every one that supports web fonts, anyway). There are many top quality icon fonts available, such as Pictos and Font Awesome, but sometimes you’ll want to create your own bespoke icons. Github wrote detailed instructions of how they made their icon set, Octicons, in their post The Making of Octicons, but that relies on using some professional tools. In this article I’m going to show simple alternative method that uses the brilliant free tool, IcoMoon. Read the full article


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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