Today’s Readings

Pretty big news out of Redmond, as Microsoft announces “Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ends on January 12, 2016”! That means anything older than IE11 will no longer be supported. How about you, how will this affect your browser matrix?

I think I’ve mentioned What Web Can Do Today? before, but it is so cool that it is worth mentioning again! Click a feature and get a brief explanation, short code samples, a live CodePen of the feature trying to work, and a quick browser support check from Can I Use… Just all-around awesome!

A great-looking, accessible CSS toggle switch, with examples.

Drag-and-drop is a very intuitive UX, and now that the native API is coming of age, why not look into using it?

Page Weight Doesn’t Matter, by , runs through a LOT of issues that are far worse than your page weight. It’s a pretty long read (you can also skip to the end of article for the TL;DR), but all the recommendations are rock-solid, and should be put into places as default settings for any project!

updtr
Based on npm outdated, updtr installs the latest version and runs npm test for each dependency. If the test succeeds, updtr saves the new version number to your package.json. If the test fails, however, updtr rolls back its changes.

writes about the state of web apps, and feels they are ready for prime time! He also, very kindly, has provided us all with a Manifest Generator. Unfortunately, the generator requires that your site runs on HTTPS

Which might just be okay, because CertSimple announces that Domain validated SSL will soon be free from the large CAs! And while Domain Validated certs provide “little value that could not be provided by a self-signed certificate“, at least it is something, if you don’t want to foot the cost of an Extended validation certificate. Of course, in the meantime, you could also just generate a self-signed certificate, for free

A nice performance investigation walk-through video using Chrome’s DevTools, by . Handy techniques!

We learned a short while ago that WordPress is building a new Admin interface, known as Calypso. And here is a bit more about it.

FLIF – Free Lossless Image Format
FLIF is a novel lossless image format which outperforms PNG, lossless WebP, lossless BPG and lossless JPEG2000 in terms of compression ratio.

I’m not sure yet another image format is what the web needs, but with those compression rates, coupled with the fact that FLIF “does away with knowing what image format performs the best at any given task”, it starts to look really attractive…

And finally, YAY, it’s December, so 24ways is back!

Happy reading,
Atg

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