April 2013 - 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


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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