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Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API

by Drew McLellan

The Beacon API is a lightweight and efficient way to log information from a web page back to a server. Find out how that can be used and what makes it so different from traditional Ajax techniques.

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Digital law, policy, privacy, cookie law, and data protection aren’t easy, but over the years Heather Burns has been writing about these topics and sharing what she’s learned for free, to help us all avoid legal issues and improve data protection on the web. Most recently Heather has published a detailed Data Protection GDPR Guide and we’ve been honoured to have published her articles here on SmashingMag as well. Heather goes by @WebDevLaw on Twitter. Thanks for bringing some light into the nuanced world of digital law, dear Heather! Your contribution matters.

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Styling Visited Links With SVG

The default possibilities to style visited links are quite limited. But there are workarounds. Dudley Storey created a Codepen that shows how to fill in the color of an SVG icon on :visited.

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“The drive to force every site on the web to HTTPS has pushed the web further away from the next billion users.” Eric Meyer published a thought-provoking post about how modern web technologies made the web less accessible for many people.

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The Web Push Checklist

The Web Push API brought push notifications to the web platform. But how can you make sure to not annoy your users when making use of them? Senthil Padmanabhan shares a handy checklist of things to consider when dealing with notifications.

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Is your pattern library up to date today? Alla Kholmatova has just finished a fully fledged book on Design Systems and how to get them right. With common traps, gotchas and the lessons she learned. Hardcover, eBook. Just sayin'.

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