I recently had call to do a factory reset on my phone, and as I began the process of reinstalling all my apps again decided to try an experiment instead: to see if mobile web apps (or, sites) were up to the job of replacing native apps. With the forthcoming release of Firefox OS this is something I’ve been very curious about, but within days I was back to using native again. I’ll explain why, but lay out some of the more positive findings before I do. Note that I was using Chrome on Android for my experiment, but I think the findings should hold true for most browser and OS combos.
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.
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.
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.
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