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Web Features That May Not Work As You’d Expect

As the web gets more and more capable, developers are able to make richer online experiences. There are times, however, where some new web capabilities may not work as you would expect in the interest of usability, security and privacy. I have run into situations like this. Like lazy loading in HTML. It’s easy to drop that attribute onto an image...

My petite-vue review

Dave: petite-vue is a new cut of the Vue project specifically built with progressive enhancement in mind. At 5kb, petite-vue is a lightweight Alpine (or jQuery) alternative that can be “sprinkled” over your project requiring no extra bundling steps or build processes. Add a <script> tag, set a v-scope, and you’re off to the races. This...

Organize your CSS declarations alphabetically

Eric, again not mincin’ no words with blog post titles. This is me: The most common CSS declaration organization technique I come across is none whatsoever. Almost none, anyway. I tend to group them by whatever dumps out of my brain as I’m writing them, which usually ends up with somewhat logical groups, like box model stuff grouped...

Using Google Drive as a CMS

We’re going to walk through the technical process of hooking into Google Drive’s API to source content on a website. We’ll examine the step-by-step implementation, as well as how to utilize server-side caching to avoid the major pitfalls to avoid such as API usage limits and image hotlinking. A ready-to-use npm package, Git repo, and Docker image are...

Hashnode: A Blogging Platform for Developers

Hashnode is a free developer blogging platform. Say you’ve just finished an ambitious project and want to write about 10 important lessons you’ve learned as a developer during it. You should definitely blog it—I love that kind of blog post, myself. Making a jump into the technical debt of operating your own blog isn’t a small choice, but it’s important...

Yet Another Mobile Context Menu With No Indication it Can Scroll

Remember Tyler Hall’s personal story of a UX moment where the popup sharing context menu on iOS had no visible indication that the content inside was scrollable? The thing his mom wanted to do seemed impossible iOS isn’t alone here — Terence Eden documents essentially the same problem on Android: I tried sharing a website using Google Chrome...

ECMAScript proposal: JSON modules

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer looks at JSON modules, which is already live in Chrome 91 (but nothing else). It looks just like an ES Modules-style import, only you asset the type at the end. import configData from './config-data.json' assert {type: 'json'}; How nice is that? Once this makes its way across browsers, we’ve gone on a journey from...

A Step-By-Step Process for Turning Designs Into Code

Turning website design files into a combination of HTML, CSS and JavaScript is the bread and butter of many front-end web development jobs, but there’s a part of this work that doesn’t neatly fit in to tutorials on any specific topic. There’s a process of breaking down a design and figuring out how to approach the build that seems to fall under on-the-job...

The Nine States of Design

Here’s a really good ol’ post from way back in 2015 all about the nine states of design and how we should think all the edge cases whenever we’re building interfaces. Vince Speelman writes: Modern UI teams are designing components first; Interfaces are merely the thoughtful composition of components. This leaves an often glaring...

Your Image Is Probably Not Decorative

Eric doesn’t mince words, especially in the title, but also in the conclusion: In modern web design and development, displaying an image is a highly intentional act. Alternate descriptions allow us to explain the content of the image, and in doing so, communicate why it is worth including.Just because an image displays something fanciful...

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