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Weekly Platform News: Contrast Ratio Range, replaceAll Method, Native File System API

In this week's roundup: Firefox's new contrast checker, a simpler way to lasso substrings in a string, and a new experimental API that will let apps fiddle with a user's local files.… Read article

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How Building in the Open Can Change Our Industry

I have to admit, I'm a developer who hasn't built a website. When I first read Chris's question, I sat in silence for at least a minute. Which technical topic did I want to discuss? A new library, programming language or best practice? Nothing, in particular, came to mind. Is that because I'm a new developer?

I've been coding for about one year now and got my first job a month ago. Even though I've been coding for that time, … Read article

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Embrace the Political

The tech industry has long held the belief that technology is apolitical. People are flawed, but the machines? They are neutral. They are pure.

This is ridiculous, of course. People make the machines. We write the algorithms that can't recognize dark skin tones. We decide to downplay or ignore harassment on our platforms. There are a plethora of examples in books like Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neill, Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher, and The Internet of GarbageRead article

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Emcee Tips for a Conference or Meetup

There are some great resources out there to help conference speakers give better talks, but fewer for people who are preparing to take on the role of emcee at meetup or conference.

I've been fortunate enough to emcee conferences more than 20 times now, most recently JAMstack_conf which I help organize. I also enjoy hosting smaller, less formal meetups which benefit just as much from having somebody to keep things rolling nicely along.

Since emcee-ing is a rather visible … Read article

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Embracing the Universal Web

There are constantly new features appearing in browsers—from subgrid to variable fonts to better developer tools. It's a really great time to be re-thinking everything we know about design on the web. Responsive design has served us well over the years, but it's still rooted in the limitations of the web from 2010. Ten years later, we're able to create more "Intrinsic" designs (a term coined by Jen Simmons) and hopefully, re-think some "best practices" that are now holding us … Read article

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It’s my job, and yours

The role of ethics in our modern web space has been on my mind for the past few years and I suspect it will occupy my thoughts increasingly as I move forward. With each encounter of a questionable feature or setting on a website, I can't help but think of all of the people involved and the discussions that may (or may not) have taken place.

Marketing has always straddled the line between promoting a product to an open and … Read article

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The future is bright, because the future is static

I've been doing this web thing for money for 10 years this year and although I haven’t been around as long as some folks, I feel like I've seen a few cycles come and go now, so let's say that hot new things are often cynically viewed, initially. This milestone of mine has also got me in a retrospective mood, too, and the question “What about building websites has you interested this year?“ has only encouraged that.

When I first … Read article

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The Typed Object Model

I help write technical documentation and one feature I've been writing about this year that has really stood out is the Typed Object Model (or Typed OM). If you haven't come across it yet you would be forgiven as it's pretty new. It falls under the CSS Houdini suite of API's and on the surface seems the least exciting. However, it underpins all of them and will eventually change how we view CSS as a language.

It allows for typingRead article

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Techniques for a Newspaper Layout with CSS Grid and Border Lines Between Elements

I recently had to craft a newspaper-like design that featured multiple row and column spans with divider lines in between them. Take a look at the mockup graphic here and see if it makes you sweat at all. If you’re like me, you have been around a while and know just how difficult this would have been with old layout techniques.… Read article

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