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  • Browsers - Posted by mclancy - 08 Sep 2015
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    Google Initiative to Penalize App Banners Points Future Direction of Web

  • At the top of the month, Google announced the latest in a series of measures aimed at improving the mobile experience by making further changes to its mobile search ranking algorithms. This time, Google has taken aim at app install banners that obscure a significant part of webpage content on transition from the search results. From November onwards, Google will penalize this practice and offending sites risk worsening their rankings on mobile search.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 19 Jun 2015
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    Geofencing, web push and progressive apps are taking webapps to a new place

  • There’s a lot going on these days in the world of webapps. Most recently, the W3C published the Geofencing API first public working draft. This API allows webapps to register for notifications when the user’s device enters defined geographical regions, assuming that the user grants permission. This enables a whole new class of webapps to be built and follows the recent rollout of the web push API to Chrome Mobile on Android.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 16 Apr 2015
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    Understanding web page weight

  • Page weight is the gravity of the web—a relentless downwards drag, ever present and utterly unavoidable. Understanding it is a critical aspect of a successful web strategy. We’ll be doing a series of articles on page weight covering background, measurement and reduction. In this article, part I of the series, we’ll talk about the importance of page weight.
  • Responsive Design - Posted by thecurmudgeon - 26 Mar 2015
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    Where's the !@££@$£ content? The scourge of the spandex web.

  • How has it come to this? The gentleman in the phone shop told me I was buying the latest and greatest phone, yet every site I visit loads at a glacial pace, speeds that make tectonic plate movements look positively spritely. It all feels like an act of pennance for some terrible act I committed a long time ago. The Guardian website new design is really and truly awful - I have 10 sections hidden and a sore finger from scrolling - where's the news?
  • HTML5 - Posted by paddy2k - 29 Sep 2014
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    Roundup: Smashing Conference 2014

  • Every year the team behind Smashing Magazine invites web professionals from all over the globe to join them in their home town of Freiburg, Germany for two days of talks and discussion about the web, hosted by Jeremy Keith. The Gothic surrounds of the Historical Merchants' Hall stood in juxtaposition with the cutting edge technologies under discussion by the attending web designers and JavaScript developers.
  • Touch - Posted by mclancy - 16 Jun 2014
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    FIFA World Cup Mobile Site

  • As World Cup fever begins to take hold (even for those of us from countries that didn't qualify), I've inevitably found myself drawn into the competition, multi-screen style. Having access to an array of fixtures, groups, stats, team line-ups and so on at my fingertips has definitely added to my experience of the event.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by mclancy - 04 Apr 2014
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    RWD: Responsible Web Design and how websites cope with compromised connectivity

  • Like most people, I use the internet a lot in the evenings when I have some downtime. Although I live in the centre of European capital city (Dublin) which ought to be fairly weIl served with cell tower coverage, I also happen to live in an old house with 12 inch thick poured concrete walls. Getting good a connection for voice calls has never been guaranteed, so I wanted to check how well some major brand’s web presences would fare under my particular set of circumstances on a mobile network connection.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ronan - 06 Nov 2013
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    Open discussion with Mozilla on the use cases for UA strings

  • Yesterday, Mike Taylor from Mozilla kicked off a very interesting open discussion on the use cases for user agent (UA) strings on the modern web. The results of this document will ultimately end up on the Mozilla wiki.
  • Responsive Design - Posted by ronan - 17 Oct 2013
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    Lightening your RWD website with RESS

  • This article will show you how to use a technique called RESS (Responsive design with Server Side components) to make significant performance and reach improvements to a website for both mobile and desktop alike. This technique requires just a few lines of code, some simple configuration and no ongoing maintenance. The site will change from one that works on desktops, tablets and smartphones to one that works on almost anything, anywhere and loads faster in all cases.