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Web Turns 25, Seems Popular

The world wide web has officially lasted 25 consecutive years, which means it’s catching up to its parent, the Internet, which itself is bearing down on 45. That’s an important distinction. The Internet is not the web, it is the foundation on which the web was born. In honor of…


Tags: browser, html, internet, W3C

On Screen Reader Detection

Background The latest WebAIM screen reader survey results came out last week, and I had been looking forward to the results of the questions related to screen reader detection. I can say I was a bit surprised by both. To make it easy, I’ll reprint the questions and answers here.…


Tags: accessibility, browser, standards, usability, UX

Comparing Opera Mini and Chrome Compression

Depending on how much you spend staying up on web browsers, you’ve probably heard the cry of Opera did it first more than once (though the low-hanging fruit, browser tabs, wasn’t technically Opera first). When Google announced that Chrome would offer a data compression mode, you may have figured you’d…


Tags: browser, Chrome, mobile, Opera, usability, UX

W3C EME is not DRM (nor other fear-mongering TLAs)

Plenty has been written about the W3C and DRM. Sadly, most of it has been written in the form of attacks against the W3C, with very few laying out the facts. Note: I am a participant in the W3C HTML Working Group (as an invited expert). Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)…


Tags: browser, DRM, html, rant, standards, W3C

The HTML Star Is Ignored (and Shouldn’t Be)

On Friday Jeff Croft posted a piece titled Web Standards Killed the HTML Star where he makes the argument that just knowing HTML and CSS is no longer enough to get a job. He states that the web standards movement has effectively rendered the need for specialized knowledge of browser…


Tags: accessibility, browser, css, html, rant, standards, W3C, whatwg

The Truth about “The Truth About Multiple H1 Tags”

I’m a bit behind on my reading. There is always some new wiz article on web technologies and it’s hard to keep up. Since any chummer can write one, sometimes you have to approach them with caution even if they’ve survived the meat grinder of public review for as long…


Tags: accessibility, browser, html, rant, standards, usability, W3C

Tables as Responsive Image Containers

If you’ve been following the latest chaos in the responsive image debate, you may know that there is a battle afoot between supporters of src-n, srcset and picture. If you don’t believe me, I refer you to this WHATWG post, a polite round-up of today’s bar fight. Key is that…


Tags: browser, css, design, rant, W3C, whatwg

New iPad Browser: Coast by Opera

Yesterday Opera announced the release of its newest browser, Coast, built specifically for iOS tablets (I would say just iPads, but if my fridge gets an iOS tablet UI then I’d be wrong and will have paid too much for a fridge). Background Recently Opera moved away from Presto as…


Tags: Apple, Blink, browser, mobile, Opera, standards, touch, UX

Screen Shots of Win8/IE10 Media Query Values

There is a nifty tool at which gives you a breakdown of how your device reports features you might use for media queries. To use the tool’s own explanation: This test isn’t about what media que­ries your device can or cannot see (but it does show an ‘unsupported’ label…


Tags: browser, css, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, mobile

My Kingdom for Decimal Alignment on Numbers

This post isn’t proposing any solutions (although I do toss out a hack). This post is a rant that I hope helps influence browser makers. Background Much of my web work isn’t for public facing web sites. Often it’s for enterprise-level software that is deployed via the web and used…


Tags: browser, Chrome, css, Firefox, html, Internet Explorer, Opera, rant, Safari, standards

Don’t Use Global Browser Stats

When I say “global,” I don’t necessarily mean the whole world, but really any aggregate pile of numbers for browsers that aren’t culled from your own site or project. With IE6 finally fading (which many developers will claim is a result of their IE6-blocking sites), the ire of developers has…


Tags: browser, clients, Internet Explorer, rant

WWW Project Turns 20

Twenty years ago, on April 30 1993, CERN announced the World Wide Web project. While the web existed before then, this was the first time that HTML’s specification was opened up to the general public, allowing anyone to learn how to mark up documents. Eight days and twenty years ago,…


Tags: browser, internet

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