July 2012 Archives — Broken Links Archive

A cover feature in .net, and a plea for help

The latest issue of .net Magazine has a cover feature on the future of CSS layouts, written by me. It’s a snapshot of the current status of the many CSS modules related to layout, updating the article of the same title I wrote for netmagazine.com in August 2011.

I’ve sent in a proposal to talk about CSS layouts at this year’s CSS Dev Conf, and would really appreciate a vote for my talk to be selected. The numbers of the talks are anonymised and randomised for each visitor, but mine is in the Cutting Edge sessions page, and is called A Trivial Shift: The CSS Layout Revolution. If you could vote for that, and for me as a speaker on the last page, I would be extremely grateful. I feel bad for asking, to be honest, but it looks like a great conference and I’d love to speak there.

Oh, also, a tutorial I wrote for a recent issue of .net has now been made available online: Chain CSS animations together with JavaScript.


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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Lessons for devs from a responsive build

I’ve recently finished a build of a fully-responsive site for a client, made with a group of friends (the site’s not online yet, it’s being integrated with their systems by their internal web team). I’ve built mobile-optimised, fluid and semi-responsive sites before, but this was the most complete responsive build I’ve worked on to date, so I thought it would be worth discussing some of what we learned and had confirmed.

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Using Media Queries to test device resolution

There’s been much talk recently about high-resolution websites, especially since the release of the retina-display for iPad and Macbook Pro. To make style rules for high-res sites you’ll need to use media queries, but that’s currently in a bit of disarray with quite different implementations across browsers (what’s new, right?).

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Unlocking OpenType features with CSS

It’s great that we now have a huge range of fonts to choose from, thanks to the widespread implementation of @font-face, but typography on the web is still behind other media. Many OpenType fonts come with a range of alternate characters which can be accessed using various software packages, but aren’t available to web browsers. Or rather, they weren’t. There’s a new CSS property which unlocks these special characters, and that’s what I’m going to explain in this post.

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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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