February 2015 - Broken Links Archive

International Book Giveaway

My two books, The Book of CSS3 and The Mod¬≠ern Web, have been trans¬≠lat¬≠ed into many dif¬≠fer¬≠ent lan¬≠guages, and I get sent cour¬≠tesy copies of most of the trans¬≠la¬≠tions. How¬≠ev¬≠er, I‚Äôm run¬≠ning out of space on my book¬≠shelves so I‚Äôm going to give some of them away to any¬≠one who‚Äôs inter¬≠est¬≠ed. Lists of all the spare copies I have are below; if you‚Äôd like one, email peter@broken-links.com with your postal address (nb: see cri¬≠te¬≠ria at the end of this post) and the edi¬≠tion you want.

Also, a quick reminder: The Book of CSS3, Sec­ond Edi­tion is still on sale. Ful­ly revised and updat­ed, with two all-new chapters.

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On Flipboard.com and Idealism vs. Pragmatism

I‚Äôve been think¬≠ing a lot recent¬≠ly about the clash between ide¬≠al¬≠ism and prag¬≠ma¬≠tism. I‚Äôve been work¬≠ing on the Web for many years, and for much of that time I‚Äôve tried to do things the ‚Äėright‚Äô way; stan¬≠dards-com¬≠pli¬≠ant, val¬≠i¬≠dat¬≠ed, mobile-first, respon¬≠sive, acces¬≠si¬≠ble, clean, exten¬≠si¬≠ble, etc. I‚Äôm def¬≠i¬≠nite¬≠ly not claim¬≠ing that I‚Äôve always suc¬≠ceed¬≠ed, but the inten¬≠tion and effort was there.

In the past few years the explo¬≠sive growth of the Web, and the devices used to access it, has meant a par¬≠al¬≠lel increase in the pow¬≠er and com¬≠plex¬≠i¬≠ty of the tools need¬≠ed to build it. And of course we want to make sites that are fast and light and per¬≠form com¬≠pet¬≠i¬≠tive¬≠ly with native apps. But I think in this sharp focus on the tech¬≠ni¬≠cal side of build¬≠ing, we risk los¬≠ing sight of why we are build¬≠ing, and who for.

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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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