Today’s Readings

Tuts+ series on trying to make WordPress easier to install and set-up. Pretty intriguing idea!

Fun run-through about what constitutes an HTML table and how to keep it semantically “interesting”.

What do you know about the Web Animations API? I knew next to nothing (really only that it was out there, somewhere, and would eventually let us… animate stuff, somehow). Well, here is the introduction to a 5-part series on the upcoming API; might as well get to know it now!

Now that we’re all excited about animation, teaches us how to draw cel-like animations using CSS and SVG.

And while we’re still talking about animation, let’s loop back to accessibility too, with two articles from A List Apart:

  1. More Resources for Accessible Animations, and
  2. Designing Safer Web Animation For Motion Sensitivity

And as long as we’re talking about designing stuff, let’s check out the results of ‘s recent design survey, with his new The Tools Designers Are Using Today site.

Enough already, what about us developers???

Okay, okay! Here are the results from a similar survey, The State of Front-End Tooling – 2015. Happy?? :-)

And as long as we’re on the survey-band-wagon, here are the results from the sixth screen reader survey!

Want to learn JavaScript? Some great resources.

And if you are looking for a little insight into Object-oriented JS, this Tuts+ article is pretty great, doing a great job of making it sound rather simple.

And once you have those basics, check-out this Definitive Guide to Object-Oriented JavaScript video. Excellent!

Now if you are looking to be impressed, check-out Jets.js, which is “a Native CSS search engine”…

And combining the world of design and development, dig into the @font-face dilemma and what you can do about it.

None other than offers a mighty fine reading list focused on rather dubious Internet service provider behaviors.

Interesting screen-reader behavior when an image’s alt attribute has line-breaks; worth knowing about.

A very interesting article regarding CDNs, where several industry experts provide their pros, cons and a few recommendations. My fave quote is from :

The one persistent myth in our industry is that “CDNs are for static content,” but there is a lot to be gained for routing dynamic (non-cacheable) requests through a CDN as well.

In fact, I was not aware that dynamic content could be cached, and am still not quite sure how that would work; guess I need to look into that!

A clever tactic from for delaying image loading by wrapping them inside of a template element, then revealing them post-load via JS. The natural fallback for browsers that don’t understand template is to simply render the images; not lazy-loaded then, but everything works. Nice one!

And finally, let’s wrap this one up with a light reading of habits we, as developers, should all be avoiding. Most of you probably already do, but it’s an easy list to peruse, so give it a skim, just to make sure… :-)

Happy reading,
Atg

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