Sara Cannon‘s talk on responsive web design (resizing the page to suit different client devices) was spot on. Her slides are below, but she also recommends this A List Apart article on the matter, as well as Less Framework and 1140 CSS Grid (especially as alternatives to 960.gs).
A post in a Y Combinator discussion thread: Mobile Safari parses websites as a big canvas and then pretends the screen is a window through which you’re looking at the canvas. What you think of as scrolling, the browser thinks of as moving the canvas around (or the window depending on point of view). Because […] » about 100 words
DoubleHappy, by Instinct, the same folks who make the GetShopped ecommerce plugin for WordPress, is an interesting game creation tool. All the game elements are stored in WordPress using custom post types and other advanced features, but it was their demo of the HTML5 editor that most amazed me. The games still play in Adobe […] » about 100 words
Twitter’s mobile site rocks on my iPhone. Especially worth noting: they’ve figured out how to pin their header to the top while scrolling the content in the middle. They’re also using pushState() and other cool tricks to make the experience feel very native, but the scroll behavior is rare among web apps on iOS. Kent […] » about 200 words
Idea: A simple way to improve load-time performance by lazy loading some of the content on the page. Answer: Wijax. The more content in the initial download of the page, the longer readers have to wait to see it. Some content is critical to each page load, but why make people wait for every last […] » about 300 words
Geotek‘s NetRenderer makes it possible for me to see how badly old versions of IE are mangling my web pages without actually having to run the malware on a box of my own. Unfortunately, the IE8 rendered returns errors and hasn’t worked in a while. » about 100 words
You can’t view a web page’s source, and you can’t Command+F to search for text on the page, but you sure can get a debugging console to see the errors on the page. Here’s how: Find and open the Settings app Select Safari Scroll down to find the Developer option at the bottom Turn on […] » about 100 words
Authentication Hacks My first talk was on User Authentication with MU in Existing Ecosystems, all about integrating WP with LDAP/AD/CAS and other directory authentication schemes, as well as the hacks I did to make that integration bi-directional and deliver new user features. My slides are online (.MOV / .PDF), and you can read earlier blog […] » about 200 words
Yelp…is…essentially a poster-child for semantic markup. This spring, Google’s introduction of rich snippets has allowed Yelp’s listings in the SERPs to stand out more, attracting consumers to click more due to the “bling” decorating the listings in the form of the star ratings.
There are now some very good reasons why sites with ratings and reviews should be adopting microformats, and it’s not that hard to do! For a more detailed explanation, read my recap on the subject, Why Use Microformats?