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Smashing Daily #20: Trolling, Coding, CSS Nonsense

It’s the 20th edition of The Smashing Daily already. Do you think it’s any good? Do you have any ideas for improvement? Do you like the subjects of the things we link to? In this edition we have articles on fonts, the state of the Web, media query performance, the near future of the Web, trolling, the TV business and more. Enjoy!

Creating Custom Font Stacks with Unicode-Range1
If you want a certain character—for example the ampersand—to be set in a different font than the default, then you can actually do that with the unicode-range descriptor! Drew McLellan explains how it works theoretically and in practice (on browsers before December 2011). Absolutely great to know!

A special character2

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends3
If you like lots and lots of numbers, graphs and tables in a presentation and you’re interested in the commercial state of the Web, then this presentation by Mary Meeker is exactly the thing for you. But if you don’t like those things, you will probably still find some very interesting stats in there.

Stylesheet Download Tests4
I always thought that link elements with a media attribute that doesn’t match would not be downloadable. Scott Jehl did some research and found out that this is not the case. Highly depressing. As you might expect from Scott, if things don’t work the way they should he tries to fix it.

Hot in Web standards! CSS blending modes and filters, Shadow DOM…5
I tried following some Web standards mailing lists for a while, but all those mails really did was fill up my inbox—there’s just too much happening for mere mortals to follow. Luckily we have Lea Verou who, in this article, very clearly explains the most important things that happened recently in the Web standards community. She has a talent to explain even the most complex subjects (like shadow DOM and CSS filters) in a brief but very clear way. If you want to stay up-to-date about what’s happening and what’s about to happen on the Web you should definitely follow these articles.

New cool webstuff6

De-trolling the Web: don’t post in anger7
Here’s a great tip, explained in great detail, from Christian Heilmann: don’t post anything when you’re angry. If you do, you probably sound like a troll, and we really don’t need trolls8. A good read for anybody who sometimes loses their temper. I should probably read it again, once in a while…”

Don’t Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse9
Here’s a pretty good article about the imminent collapse of the TV business. The author Henry Blodget compares the TV business with newspapers from about ten years ago, pointing out many similarities (I’m always amazed that TV still exists… I never really understood that medium).

Should everyone learn to code?10
There’s a lot of debate going on about coding, not just if designers should learn it but if everyone should learn it, just like you learn how to count and write. Craig Rowe takes a good look at the arguments for and against this stance. A great read.

Do you need to know how to code?11

Linkbait 3012
Every now-and-then Peter-Paul Koch publishes a high quality link dump, mostly with links to articles about mobile. You should definitely follow these posts if you’re interested in mobile (which you should be).

Last Click

CSS3 art animation13
Matteo Spinelli tweeted: “the fact that it can be done with CSS doesn’t mean that it should be done with CSS”, and he’s right. This reminds me of the possibility to draw an image by using an HTML table14. Both excellent, nonsensical ideas that had to be done at least once.

A nonsensical CSS animation15

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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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    Nice Round up


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