Web Development Reading List #167: On Team Retreats, Immutable Cache, And Eliminating Clearfix Hacks

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What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at.

When working in a team, we focus so much on the work, that we often forget that we all have something in common. Something that is so obvious that we underestimate it: we all are human beings. And well, if we want to grow as a team and get better at what we do, we should embrace this fact more. In fact, I just came back from a week-long team retreat where we had team activities, team games, and sessions and discussions about how we can achieve just that.

We figured out how much we value diversity, we realized how different the English language and its words are perceived by people from different countries, and we’ve seen short talks on various topics like work-life-balance but also on technical stuff like Docker or intercepting any computer’s traffic with a Raspberry Zero. So if you have the chance to work in a team, use the opportunity and exchange views and share information with your co-workers. Work is part of your life, so why not make it a lovely part?


  • Say hello to Firefox 51. It ships unprefixed ::placeholder, broader ES2015 support, WebGL 2, IndexedDB v2, and tabindex for SVG. Scripts served with an image/*, video/*, audio/* or text/csv MIME type are now blocked.
  • Samuel Reed shares how Google Chrome 56 will make throttling of background tabs more aggressive, what this actually means and what the plans for Chrome 57 are.


Tools & Workflow


Web Performance


  • SVG icons often have one problem: They don’t align well to the text surrounding them. Elliot Dahl explains how to fix that.
Aligning SVG Icons To Text
SVG icons and text neatly aligned. Elliot Dahl explains how to do it.


How To Build An Accessible Tooltip
How can you make a tooltip like the one in the top right corner accessible? Sara Soueidan explains. (Image credit)


  • Rachel Andrew explains the new display property value flow-root that was added to Chrome and Firefox (both Nightly/Canary only) and why it will finally replace the old clearfix hacks that we’re currently using to fix parent box sizes when floating inner elements.

Work & Life

Going Beyond…

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Further Reading

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