I was out last week getting my bluegrass festival thing on. I’m just catching up with the ol’ internet and thought I’d recap the interesting bits:
- Modernizr 2 is out and it has new stuff like vendor prefix testing, media query support, and better docs.
- Theoretically, you can kern text by adding spans and tweaking margin. But that’s a huge pain in the ass. Now you can use Kern.js (plus Lettering.js actually on your page) to click-and-drag tweak a headlines kerning then snag the CSS. So it’s not just a theory anymore, it’s pretty easy.
- Dan Mall redesigned his site and it’s great.
- Apple had their big WWDC thing and Safari (the oldest of all the modern browsers) will be updated finally and has some new CSS and font-related stuff. I hope it uses a pretty recent version of WebKit so we can get stuff like HTML5 form features back.
Also pointed out in the keynote that mobile browsing is friggin huge and getting huger, especially now that Apple devices are no longer going to require having a computer.
- Google has little +1 buttons you can stick on sites now that I’m tempted to use but probably won’t.
- Adaptive Web Design (the book) is now out and apparently Responsive Web Design is coming out tomorrow on A Book Apart.
What else did I miss?
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The important question is; which bluegrass festival did you attend and who played? I attended Del Fest in my hometown last weekend and got to see Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled By Turtles, and many others (obviously Del McCoury and his band). The most pleasantly surprising group may have been the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They were fantastic. I hope you had fun.
Calling Safari “the oldest of all the modern browsers” is very strange, since it was initially released in 2003, while IE was released in 1995, Opera in 1996 and Firefox starts its history from Netscape Navigator that was initially released in 1997.
I think he means that Safari’s most current version is the oldest new version. That is, Safari 5.x was released (ironically) exactly one year ago today. All the other browsers have had, if I remember correctly, at least one major version update during that time.
Correct. Safari 5’s release schedule is just super super slow. In fact I got my hands on 5.1 which is coming in Tiger and it barely has any improvements at all. Very strange.
I imagine you mean Lion. Tiger’s pretty old. ;-)
Yeah I’m an idiot. Lion.
I really like the +1 feature from google and i hope it has good implications for seo. I mean it cant be bad, you can only plus not minus.
Is it me being always invited to Google Beta stuff or is the +1 already somewhere near a year old?
Hey Chris, I’m also initiating a new site at ThoughtResults.com. It’s at its infancy stage yet, but I’m gonna make it a big site someday ;). Anyway, I’m creating it using my own CMS (as I couldn’t get everything working in WordPress, though WordPress is awesome). I’d like to use modern technologies as much as I can. I invite you and others to see it and soon a contact form would be available to let feedback come in. The fundamental motto is “use one-segment URL parts”.
Thanks for the tips! kern.js looks interesting.
Thanks for news/tips, I really like this list of “what’s new” or “what happened in the previous week”. I could get used to such regular summaries.
I’ve learned so much with your site, thanks for everything you do! You’ve even inspired me to get textmate, coda and start doing my own graphic design video tutorials! Thanks man!
went to look at danielmall.com and not good in IE8, need to try it with FF I guess
Great roundup! Pretty cool that you also get all of this if you follow the right people at Twitter. ;)
Thanks for the link love on Kern.js, Chris!