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Week Notes №2 ending 7 June 2019

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Chromium Edge and FOIT #

With Edge’s move to a new Chromium-based build, Microsoft’s long defense of FOUT (visible fallback text for web fonts) as a default behavior is changing.

Per sources (the lovely Greg Whitworth), this default may change back if feedback dictates. But we’re gaining something in this trade, too. When the default changes, support for the font-display descriptor comes with it which will allow us to customize this behavior in Edge as needed.

I’ll wait to update A Historical Look at FOUT and FOIT after a stable version of Chromium Edge is released.

JS Party! #

I was on JS Party last week to talk about web font loading and Eleventy! I was really excited to do this because it was the first legitimate time I got to talk about Eleventy in a public forum 😎. Also it felt really comfortable talking to NEJS CONF co-organizer Nick Nisi and former speaker Divya Sasidharan. Look for the episode to be published soon!

Top 3 Blog Posts #

  1. Andrew Betts has another very important post on AMP: Cake or Death: AMP and the Worrying Power Dynamics of the Web. Make sure you stick around for the footnote.

“The web is open and decentralised. We spend a lot of time valuing the first of these concepts, but almost none trying to defend the second.”

  1. I absolutely devoured every word of this post from one of the maintainers of Babel, Henry Zhu: (Open) source of anxiety. Not that Eleventy has seen any measure of popularity on a Babel scale (and honestly, I hope it never does), maintenance of maintainers is an important thing to discuss.
  2. Self-Host Your Static Assets by Harry Roberts. This discussion comes up every few years (luv u Google Fonts) and I think Harry nails it down here: if you want speed, self host.

Email development #

I’ve been doing a bit of HTML email dev this week and it’s been frustrating. Look, I was around for IE6. I was doing heavy JavaScript coding in the IE7 days. I felt real relief when IE8 came out. But this is a whole new level of pain.

If it isn’t the email clients that will burn you, it’s the tooling around them. The micromanagement of testing tools: Litmus, pain; Email on Acid, pain. Everything is pain.

The Watchlist #

To be frank I’m not a big talk-video watcher (I consider this a failing, not a strength) but here are the two from this week that I’m really looking forward to consuming:

  1. The economics of open source by C J Silverio at JSConf EU 2019. C J is the former CTO of npm and shared a stage at the same conference on the same day with the person at npm that fired them. Courageous. Related Twitter search: #npmlayoffs
  2. The World-Wide Work by Ethan Marcotte at New Adventures 2019. By all accounts this may be the most important talk of the year. Certainly not going to miss this one.

Addendum, in Passing 💨 #

Week Notes №1 ending 24 May 2019

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I think it’s valuable to collect my thoughts as sort of a personal brain log, so as each work week progresses I’ll collect notes and publish them at the end of the week. This is the first installment of that series.

Jeremy Keith and Zach Leatherman at Beyond Tellerrand

Web Fonts #

Eleventy #


The bar indicating you’re viewing an @AMPhtml page—and the only visible cue you’re not on the original, real page—seems to be getting progressively smaller, and harder to use.—Ethan Marcotte

The AMP toolbar is shrinking, further damaging the integrity of the URL.

Terence Eden, member of the AMP Advisory Committee posted a scathing review of AMP on his blog. (via Brian Suda)

Burnout #

“I only really feel burnout from lack of alignment with goals. So if I work on a project of my own, I recharge because my values are honored.”—Sarah Drasner

Wow—I’ve never seen burnout framed like this but it reverberated through my bones.

.io Domains #

Tatiana Mac retweeted an article into my timeline about the problematic use of .io domains.

I made a public pledge to migrate to after reading this.

Week Notes №3 ending 14 Jun 2019

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Monday June 10 #

Tuesday June 11 #

  • I finally got a little bit of time to play with Nuxt. I’m becoming a big fan of Vue and it works great but goodness Nuxt loads a fair bit of JavaScript for the Hello World demo.
  • I switched my site to use brotli instead of zopfli compression. I’d take a wild guess that it’s about 10% better? Here’s how I did it.
  • Update: Remy Sharp removed Disqus from his site and blogged about it in Ejecting Disqus. He replaced it with Commento.

Wednesday June 12 #

  • I found an XSS problem in my webmentions. I needed to adjust my use of sanitize-html in my build to make sure that it was escaping all of the webmention output. Max Boeck updated his eleventy-webmentions project with this fix as well. (via Twitter)

Thursday June 13 #

Friday June 14 #