In this rapidly unfolding age of multiple device platforms and web access experiences, standards are more important than ever, even as they come under renewed pressure. There will always be those who proclaim that standards are a failed process, an obstruction, an anachronism. The desire to go faster and be shinier will always tempt developers to run down proprietary box canyons. Come November 30th, thousands of us will don our blue beanies. I hope you’ll be among us. – Eric Meyer. (meyerweb.com)
To many Web developers, being good at CSS means you can take a visual mock-up and replicate it perfectly in code. You don’t use tables, and you pride yourself on using as few images as possible. If you’re really good, you use the latest and greatest techniques like media queries, transitions and transforms. While all this is certainly true of good CSS developers, there’s an entirely separate side to CSS that rarely gets mentioned when assessing one’s skill. (engineering.appfolio.com)
Michael Chang, who works with the Data Arts Team at Google recently helped develop 100,000 Stars, a Chrome Experiment visualising nearby stars. The project was built with Three.js and CSS3. In this case study he outlines the discovery process, shares some programming techniques and finishes with some thoughts on future improvement. (html5rocks.com)
Playing cached audio for offline use on iOS Safari has long been a challenge that has proved to be mission impossible. But with the advent of the (WebKit-only) Web Audio API, it is now finally achievable – although you still need to jump through a few hoops. (html5doctor.com)
It’s incredibly exciting to see how the Web is evolving, and 2013 has a lot more in store. Over the next year, there are a number of technologies coming down the pipeline that have the potential to radically transform how we use and develop for the Web. (alexmaccaw.com)
Good navigation should do at least three things well. Firstly, it should allow the user to navigate. Secondly, it should serve as wayfinding, letting the user know where they are. Thirdly, it should help the user understand what the product is capable of. If your navigation is not doing these three things, something’s wrong. (jxnblk.tumblr.com)
Tools / Resources
There now is an abundance of devices with some sort of high-density display. All of these devices have one thing in common – in web browsers (that support the high-density screen correctly) one CSS pixel is not equal to a physical screen pixel. (mir.aculo.us)
Extensionizr is a simple way to jump start your chrome extension development. Just select the type of extension you want, choose permissions and you’re off. (extensionizr.com)
SurveyMonkey is the world’s leading provider of web-based survey solutions, but there’s really much more to us than that. We’re a smart, passionate group of people who work hard to deliver the best survey experience on the planet, period. (surveymonkey.com)
Last But Not Least…
A gorgeous new site from Google that showcases their various services, and takes the form of an interactive pop-up book. (creativesandbox.com)
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