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This Conspiracy Theory Says Ad Tech Companies Deliberately Keep Web Pages Loading Slow Because They Make More Money That Way

Ad companies profit, users suffer. This is ridiculous.

Basically, his theory is, when a reader clicks to read a story, the page calls for bids from advertisers on the ad space available. This bidding is supposed to take place in a few milliseconds. But, my correspondent says, ad tech companies hold open the bids much, much longer, so more bids come in, driving up the price. Publishers hate this because it makes pages load really slowly, giving readers a terrible experience. But it’s hard to stop because everyone — publisher included — is taking a cut of the winning bid. So publishers and ad tech companies actually have an incentive to make pages load slowly.

Vendor Prefixes and Market Reality

The sad reality of vendor prefixes.

We have reached the point where browser vendors have to start implementing or aliasing these WebKit prefixes just to allow their users to browse the Web, see Mozilla in Gecko and Microsoft in Edge.

Design With Accessibility in Mind

An overview of solid strategies for accessible web design from the UX team at Unum.

  1. Consider the Flow
  2. Provide Good Contrast
  3. Style Your Font Carefully
  4. Avoid Ambiguous Links

Web Design - the First 100 Years

This is fantastic talk was given by Maciej Cegłowski at HOW Interactive in 2014. In it, he elegantly frames what makes the web so awesome and so special. He the identifies three distinct visions for the web and the threat two of those visions pose to it.

Well done, sir!

Will Your Toaster Become WCAG Compliant?

This is a really interesting look at the Internet of Things from the perspective of accessibility and how web standards may fit into it all.

While the applicability of WCAG 2.0 would need a high degree of interpretation to apply to a light bulb, web accessibility standards certainly apply to the browsers and apps that we use to centrally control it all. As this space continues to evolve, it’s vital that developers ensure that whatever devices control these products, accessibility is at the heart of them.