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CSS Day and Responsive Design Workflow

I’ve just returned from a few days in Ams­ter­dam, where I was for­tu­nate enough to be part of the first (and only?) CSS Day, an event organ­ised by the team behind Mobil­ism and Fron­teers, who are con­sum­mate­ly pro­fes­sion­al and deserve huge con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for all their work. The con­fer­ence had the aim of div­ing deep into CSS through each of the eight speak­ers dis­cussing a mod­ule (or mod­ules) of the CSS spec. My cho­sen sub­ject was Ani­ma­tions and Tran­si­tions; my slides are online now, video should fol­low shortly.

The day before the con­fer­ence I gave a whole-day work­shop on Respon­sive Web Design, teach­ing design and devel­op­ment approach­es and — more impor­tant­ly — a new work­flow more adapt­ed to the demands of the new way of work­ing. I was helped huge­ly in this by the fact that I’d recent­ly fin­ished read­ing Stephen Hay’s new book, Respon­sive Design Work­flow.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review

I’ve been out doing some free­lance work late­ly and my wife need­ed a com­put­er, so we bought a new Sam­sung Series 3 Chrome­book. They’re inex­pen­sive (£229), and as all she needs it for is inter­net access and light office work, it seemed a good fit. We’ve had it for a cou­ple of weeks now, which seems like a fair amount of time for me to write a review.

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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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A Year in Web Design

I think it’s been a real­ly excit­ing year for our indus­try; the explo­sion of web brows­ing away from the desk­top, HTML5 begin­ning to prove itself as the best option for cross-plat­form devel­op­ment, the new­ly-resur­gent Microsoft mak­ing good browsers again… if you make your liv­ing from build­ing the web you can’t fail to be heart­ened by this flour­ish of new life. There’s been a great appetite for dis­cov­ery of new brows­er fea­tures, with lots of demos being made using cut­ting-edge and exper­i­men­tal CSS, HTML and JavaScript, so the curi­ous amongst us have had plen­ty to sat­is­fy us.

Part of my con­tri­bu­tion to’s experts(!) review of 2011.

A website unfit for a queen

To great fan­fare, The Queen, in the com­pa­ny of Sir Tim Bern­ers-Lee, unveiled the new British Monar­chy web­site today. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, what they unveiled was a real dog’s dinner. high­lights the worst ele­ments of the prac­tice of web devel­op­ment; on only the sec­ond page I vis­it­ed it became obvi­ous that the site has­n’t been test­ed on any brows­er oth­er than Inter­net Explor­er, and a peek at the source code left me shocked.

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Book review: Microformats, by John Allsopp

I’ve just fin­ished read­ing John All­sop­p’s book ‘Micro­for­mats: empow­er­ing your markup for Web 2.0′, and thought it deserved a review here — marked up, of course, with hRe­view. I was giv­en a free copy at the recent Micro­for­mats vEvent, but hope that has­n’t coloured my review at all. Markup for the review was gen­er­at­ed by the hRe­view cre­ator (and slight­ly mod­i­fied by myself).

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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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