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Smashing Daily #43: Transparency, Grids, Colors

Privacy is an important part of the Web, and we have some good links about that today in The Smashing Daily. We have good stuff about CSS, about grids, the Web audio API, about color names, we have a link to the only good QR code generator, and much more. Enjoy!

Gridset And Compound Grids

The grids we’ve been using on the Web are simple if you compare them to some grids used in classic magazines. If it’s up to Mark Boulton, this is about to change. He shows us how you can create compound grids with Gridset1, the app he and his team have been developing.

Compound Grids, Are They Possible on the Web?2

Google Transparency Report3

It’s good to know that the services you use are required to hand over data to governments and copyright owners if they ask for it. Google decided to create a so called transparency report with some very interesting graphs4 and maps5.

Web Audio API—Getting Started6

Here’s an excellent article that will get you started with the Web Audio API. It’s filled with clear examples and nice illustrations.

An Excellent Explanation of the Audio API7

Notes To An Agency Starting Their First Responsive Web Project8

Here are some thoughts about starting with a responsive website by Chris Coyier. There are some good points in there, though most likely not all of them will apply to all projects.

The CNS Color Naming System—Tab Completion9

The current color keyword names are horrible, says Tab Atkins Jr. He wants to start using the CNS naming scheme, which is much better—but he doesn’t know how to map these color names back to RGB. Maybe you do?

One, Two, Or Three10

How many CSS files should be loaded onto any website? Chris Coyier thinks it should be one, two or three—but not more.

How Many CSS Files Should Your Website Have?11

How To Turn On “Do Not Track” In Your Browser12

Not all browsers agree with the IE10 team about the idea that the Do Not Track header should be on by default. Eva Galperin took some time to explain how you can enable it in most desktop browsers.

Tools And Techniques For Faster Development13

Here’s a great presentation about (new) development tools by Majd Taby. All nerds should click through it, you’ll probably learn a thing or two.

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Whenever a marketer tells you to generate a QR code for a specific URL, point them to this extremely useful website where they can do it themselves.

The Only Good QR-Code Generator15

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For previous Smashing Daily issues, check out the Smashing Daily Archive17.


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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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