February 2012 Archives — Broken Links Archive

Guest Article for HTML5 Doctor

As well as my CSS tips on the Safari Books Online blog, yesterday also saw publication of my article CSS3 Pseudo-Classes and HTML5 Forms on HTML5 Doctor. Those guys really know their stuff, so I was delighted to be asked to contribute.


The Media Fragments Module

One W3C specification which seems to have slipped below most people’s radar is Media Fragments 1.0, which moved to Candidate Recommendation status in December last year. Media Fragments is a syntax which extends the URLs of media files so that only selected portions are made available to the user; let me explain that further with a couple of examples.

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Practical CSS Tips on the Safari Books Blog

I’ve written some posts for the Safari Books blog, featuring practical CSS advice.

Using CSS Fonts for Adaptive Icons is the lead article, and there are two shorter tips: Making Better Print Stylesheets, and Faking Randomisation With nth-child.


An urgent call to action on vendor prefixes

On Tuesday I wrote a post for Ubelly.com on vendor prefixes; what they are, what they are for, their perceived successes and failures. This turned out to be incredibly timely as a few hours later the minutes of the latest CSS Working Group were released, showing that the misuse of vendor prefixes — especially -webkit-, and especially on mobile — has now become so serious that Microsoft, Mozilla, and Opera are all considering implementing -webkit- prefixed properties in their own browsers just to ensure that their users aren’t excluded from the web.

What a state we’re in.

This morning Daniel Glazman, chair of the CSSWG, issued an open call for urgent action by developers to stop this situation from deteriorating any further, and hopefully to improve it: Call for Action: The open web needs you *now*. I urge you to read this, and to act on it to the best of your abilities. If browsers support other browsers’ prefixes, the whole thing collapses. As Daniel Glazman says:

Vendor prefixes have not failed. They are a bit suboptimal but they also very clearly preserved Web Authors from chaos. We can certainly make vendor prefixes work better but we can only do that if vendor prefixes remain VENDOR prefixes.

Please read his post in full, and do what you can to turn this situation around. We made the mess, we need to clean it up.


Where do we draw the line for browser support?

Prompted by the announcement on 37Signals that their next platform update would not support IE7 or IE8 (or many other older browsers), a vigorous debate took place on Twitter around the subject of for how long we should support browsers which don’t have the most modern features. For all its many positives, Twitter is no place for nuanced argument, so this article is for me to try to frame my opinion a little better.

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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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