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Some stats on OS and browser share

Last week on Twit­ter I shared some brows­er and OS sta­tis­tics from a site I man­age. These turned out to be quite pop­u­lar, so I’ve decid­ed to expand on them a lit­tle fur­ther, and also add the stats from anoth­er site I man­age, to broad­en the base num­bers a lit­tle. I’m not try­ing to make any point here, just shar­ing a lit­tle bit of ana­lyt­ics data. If there’s any inter­est in my doing so, I’ll pro­vide fur­ther updates in the future; leave a com­ment if there’s any­thing in par­tic­u­lar you’d like to know.

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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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Opera widgets become browser-independent

This is a nice idea: Opera have sep­a­rat­ed their wid­gets from the desk­top brows­er, allow­ing them to be run as stand­alone appli­ca­tions. They are cross-plat­form and stan­dards com­pli­ant. You can down­load a Labs release to try it for yourself.

background-size implemented in Firefox 3.6

Fire­fox 3.6 has become the lat­est brows­er to sup­port the CSS3 background-size prop­er­ty (although the first to do so accord­ing to the lat­est W3C spec.).

Using it is pret­ty simple:

div {
background-image: url('image.png');
-moz-background-size: 80%;

This, along with mul­ti­ple background-images, is going to go a long way towards clean­ing up mark-up and pret­ti­fy­ing the web.

Checking for installed fonts with @font-face and local()

Fire­fox 3.5 was released ear­li­er today, and joins Safari in sup­port­ing the @font-face rule with Open­Type and True­Type font fam­i­lies, allow­ing you to use a wider range of fonts in your designs (as long as they are cor­rect­ly licensed, of course).

One slight draw­back of the tech­nique is the blank space that’s dis­played as the new font is loaded into the brows­er; this is espe­cial­ly unnec­es­sary for users who already have that font native­ly on their system.

The way to get around that is quite sim­ple; use local() to check if the font is on the user’s sys­tem first.

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Web workers of the world: Unite

To much fan­fare (the blow­ing of their own trum­pets), Opera today announced Unite, a new ser­vice which lets you use the brows­er as a per­son­al file serv­er and social space. I haven’t had more than a pass­ing glance at it yet — my URL is, if you’d like to see if I’m avail­able — but it cer­tain­ly looks inter­est­ing. Use­ful? I’m not sure yet.



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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