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  • User Experience - Posted by ronan - 11 May 2015
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    Measuring page weight

  • It used to be so easy. Measuring the weight of a web page in the early days of the web was merely a matter of waiting for the page to finish loading and then counting up the size of its constituent resources.
  • 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.
  • Device Detection - Posted by mclancy - 10 Dec 2014
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    Free service to identify device type, browser and OS

  • If you are looking for an easy and reliable way to identify device type (mobile, tablet, desktop, TV etc), OS and browser in your web applications, then you may want to check out a new free tool for that express purpose released by DeviceAtlas.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ronan - 11 Nov 2014
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    HTML5 support in mobile devices

  • Now that the HTML5 set of standards has reached Recommendation status (the W3C's way of saying it's now a published standard) we thought we'd take a look at how support for HTML5 has grown in shipping mobile devices over the past few years.
  • 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.
  • Community - Posted by mclancy - 28 May 2015
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    Google I/O Event

  • Google's I/O event, which kicks off today, has already impressed with its web app. The fully responsive site not only looks great with material design throughout, it also caches to your device so that you can browse it even if you're offline. Plan and manage your offsite visit directly from here. Just make sure you have good connection to cache the site and watch the streams.
  • Best Practices - Posted by thecurmudgeon - 13 May 2015
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    Google Mobile Friendly #Fail

  • Yes. I am a curmudgeonly old web dev. I remember when marquee tags were all the rage, but even back when I had hair, we paid attention to how heavy we made our web pages. Image optimization tools were invented to make sure we could shave as much off our web pages as we didn’t off our chins. The beeps and and pings of the dial up world did not a happy bedfellow make with heavy weight web pages.
  • 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?
  • Devices - Posted by ronan - 31 Dec 2014
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    A view from China - big is big

  • I recently spent a week in China talking about DeviceAtlas and goMobi to various resellers and government officials. On these kinds of business trips, it’s always interesting to see what kind of mobile devices are in use. My travels were confined to Beijing but is nonetheless worth noting observations from there.
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