It’s Monday, and it’s time for a new episode of The Smashing Daily, with a letter from the Commissioner for Digital Agenda in the EU about the deplorable state of eBooks, a good write up about responsive workflow, tips for showing favicons for external links, examples of big text, and much more. Enjoy!
After seeing Stephen Hay’s presentation about responsive workflow, Viljami Salminen decided to write down his thoughts on this matter. It’s a great read for everybody who wants to optimize their workflow to keep up with the current state of the Web.
I sometimes resort to googling a torrent-link for an eBook because there’s no legal way to buy the book in an EPUB format I can read in the reader I use. This is always after an extensive search for a paid option. Now, if I say these things, nothing happens. But if Neelie Kroes (the Commissioner for Digital Agenda in the EU) says them, things might actually change. The open EPUB format is here, the books are here, the people who want to read them exist, the only problem is that the publishers are still here too.
On some websites it might look nice to show favicons next to all external links. Chris Coyier wrote this article about how you can do exactly just that. A nice turorial with some links to clever favicon services.
Steve Faulkner created a page with examples of large text, as defined in the WCAG 2.0. He points out that there’s a big issue with the definition of “large text ”, which can actually appear quite small on many devices.
Here’s a nice tutorial which explains how to make HTML5 form validation work on all kinds of browsers, including very old ones.
12 years ago people absolutely loved IE6, but we now seem to forget that. Bruce Lawson gives us a good lesson in modern history and explains why a browser monoculture is not a good thing.
Enabling keyboard navigation on your website can be a very nice enhancement. Here’s a little library that can make this easier.
Here’s an interesting Web page with an overview of data gathered by Google Analytics about website speed.
By switching from the digital to the physical and back you can create some incredible things. Robin Sloan calls this “flip-flopping” and he collected some great examples of it. A very nice, inspiring read.
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Vasilis van Gemert is the Principal Front-end Developer at Mirabeau in The Netherlands and a board member of Fronteers. His aim is to close the gap between design and (front-end) development. He believes the excess of knowledge he has can be better used by others, by more creative and smarter people. You can follow him on Twitter.
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