Today’s Readings

A quick note from to remind us all to use the proper semantic HTML element, rather than simply relying on ARIA roles; in fact, with the proper semantic element, an ARIA role is actually not needed by most readers…

And continuing with that theme, who wants to take an accessibility HIKE? (I know how passé acronyms like that are, but the concept is cool…)

Last accessibility bit, a reminder from about how to properly code a HTML form label and input. Because apparently some still need that reminder.

The most talked-about feature in the latest WordPress release (version 4.4) is easily the addition of responsive images. But you taxonomists out there might also be interested in the the addition of term meta data to the WordPress Core.

The web is terribly bloated and it’s our fault. Don’t care? Then let tell you all about tables (he also talks about why we should be making
Smaller, Faster Websites
)

Speaking of “faster”, Google’s AMP is all about fast. But whether you are building AMP projects or not, here is a list of Why AMP is Fast features, useful for any web project.

Okay, one more about being “faster”, this time about how Why Progressive Web Apps Are The Future Of Web Development. I get it, faster is better, and getting the “shell” the the user fast, so we can load the content into that shell is fast, but not really, if the user has a shitty Internet connection… I’m still a big fan of giving the user what the actually asked for (you know, the content) when they ask for it. Just saying…

That said, ‘s definition of a progressive web app (which is a definition shared by many others) is one I can buy into. Read all about it as he discusses the good, the bad, and the future, of progressive web apps.

Is there any more-frustrating CSS declaration than one involving vertical-align? (Aside from float: center, which of course, doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t stop it from making regular appearances!) Well, avoid all the frustration and get to know what vertical-align can and can’t do with this lovely little walk-through

Anyone out there test their JS before deploying? I do not (other than manual browser testing), but highlights his Node testing process, if you’re interested.

When WordPress announced Calypso, they took a seriously big step into JS. So much so that WordPress’ even tells everyone at his annual WordPress conference to “learn JS, deeply”! Well, has put together a nice list of JS learning resources. Now get busy! :-)

In fact, you can even get started by checking out Wes’s Intro To Using npm and ES6 Modules for Front End Development! Fantastic intro to help us all start thinking in “bits and pieces” rather than in “large chunks”…

And finally, poised to revolutionize our industry as Ajax did before it, can anyone afford not to get started with the Service Worker toolbox?

Happy reading,
Atg

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