February 2015 Archives — Broken Links Archive

International Book Giveaway

My two books, The Book of CSS3 and The Modern Web, have been translated into many different languages, and I get sent courtesy copies of most of the translations. However, I’m running out of space on my bookshelves so I’m going to give some of them away to anyone who’s interested. Lists of all the spare copies I have are below; if you’d like one, email peter@​broken-​links.​com with your postal address (nb: see criteria at the end of this post) and the edition you want.

Also, a quick reminder: The Book of CSS3, Second Edition is still on sale. Fully revised and updated, with two all-new chapters.

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On Flipboard.com and Idealism vs. Pragmatism

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the clash between idealism and pragmatism. I’ve been working on the Web for many years, and for much of that time I’ve tried to do things the ‘right’ way; standards-compliant, validated, mobile-first, responsive, accessible, clean, extensible, etc. I’m definitely not claiming that I’ve always succeeded, but the intention and effort was there.

In the past few years the explosive growth of the Web, and the devices used to access it, has meant a parallel increase in the power and complexity of the tools needed to build it. And of course we want to make sites that are fast and light and perform competitively with native apps. But I think in this sharp focus on the technical side of building, we risk losing sight of why we are building, and who for.

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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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