Today’s Readings

This will be a sporadic post, while I scramble though a week+ of unread RSS feeds, catching up from time spent developing and launching the latest client launch for the UX Test Kitchen

If you have ever tried to create your own Firefox extension, you know the documentation can be a little… thin…  Well, the famed Brothercake has taken on the challenge, written a book about it, and now offers a few pointers for those of us that are still feeling lost in the maize maze…

An incredibly useful collection of links for anyone interested in the art of “fontology“…

Them thar guys and gals at Google, they sure do be smart…  After creating, tweaking, and (mostly) perfecting Gmail, the team has shared a few tricks on how to reduce latency with “lazy loading”.  And while this article specifically talks about mobile, these are great practices for any website.

An update from the world of HTML5, specifically about changes to the spec for the <footer> element.  In summation, where <footer> was initially only permitted for the page footer, it has now rightfully been expanded to permit use for section footers. But wait, notice I said section, not <section>… The idea is that you can now include a <footer> in any part of your page you deem needs a footer, providing supporting content for any part of your page.

Well this seem appropriate: Microsoft now offers a free anti-virus package, Microsoft Security Essentials! Craig Buckler at SitePoint seems duly impressed, anyone else willing to give it a go?

Wow, this seems like it would be just amazing, being able to create high-quality graphics, then click Save as Canvas, but, being a PC-kind-of-guy, I am stuck just wondering…  Any mac-ites out there care to give it a go?  It also seems like it would be a great way to “get to know” <canvas>, looking at generated code to match-up what you did in the graphics program to what <canvas> needs to replicate it…

For anyone interested in using the same technique to get a leg-up on CSS3, have a look at the CSS 3 Generator from WidgetPad. The tool lets you click a selection of CSS3 effects and get the WebKit code to render it. Along with everyone else that I can see that has seen this: Why not add Gecko and the actual CSS3 to the output, in the order one would use them, to actually make this useful? But all-in-all, a pretty cool little tool!

And a big, fat, double-WOW for this Ajaxian article showing off, and then explaining in great detail, the true power of HTML5, CSS3, and all the great things to come in the future-web…  Of course, the past-web has a “couple” issues with it, but at least everything is perfectly readable!
Please take note that no images were harmed in creating the above website; everything you see onscreen was created by combining HTML5, CSS3, SVG, and XML…

Okay, I think that’s enough for today…

Happy reading,
Atg

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