This is a fantastic investigation of framework performance on mobile by Google’s Paul Lewis. In short: frameworks make things more convenient for developers, but pass the inconvenience on to end users. For more, see Who Should Pay? and Who Should Pay 2: The Hosting.
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A nice post from my colleague David Catuhe on what it takes to build a successful open source project.
This is an indispensible resource for understanding how screen readers treat your markup. Many thanks to the Paciello Group for putting it together.
Just what it says on the tin. It’s a great compliment to the recommended speaker list I published.
I cite this post a ton in my talks and workshops (and in the forthcoming second edition of Adaptive Web Design), but I realized I had not explicitly linked it up here.
This post is a look at browser stats for an industry/research site over a size year period of 6 years. Jason’s findings are astonishing, making this post a must-read for coming to terms with the need for designing with progressive enhancement in mind.
This is an interesting thought piece from Peter Gasston, examining where browsers are heading and what their role in the future of delivering content and interaction will be.
Did you know you can opt out of behavior-tracking advertising cookies? Neither did I.
I have been grappling with a lot of the concerns this fantastic article raises. In particular, this bit resonated with me:
Would-be “engineers” are encouraged to think of every project as a potential business ready to scale and sell, rather than as a process of long-term training in disciplines where concerns for social welfare become paramount. Engineering has always been a well-paid profession, but computing is turning it into a type of speculative finance rather than a calling.
It’s a generalization, but it’s also a trend I’ve been seeing. I’m also on the fence regarding licensure and continuing education credits. I think they could do a lot to improve the state of the Web without destroying the wonderful DIY nature of its accessibility.