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The show goes on: Australia’s theaters go digital

June 30th, 2020

Griffin Theatre Company, in Sydney’s bustling Kings Cross, has produced new Australian plays and welcomed theater-goers since 1978. In March, like many performing arts organizations in Australia, Griffin had to close its doors—but it was determined to figure out a way for the show to go on. With help from Google’s Creative Lab, Griffin Theatre…

Four years later, Google’s first Code Next class is graduating

June 30th, 2020

My weekday routine is a balancing act. When I walk to the subway station at six in the morning, it’s typically still dark outside. If I’m lucky, I’ll snag a seat on the 5 train for the hour-long ride from the Bronx to Manhattan, but most days I’m standing—balancing with one hand on a pole…

A new way to save this summer with Nest thermostats

June 30th, 2020

Warm evenings, backyard barbeques, and sticky watermelon fingers mean two things for my family: Summer is finally here and the air conditioning is running. As the days get longer and temperatures to rise, so does my energy bill. Thankfully, Nest thermostats can help me save energy automatically. As of today, we’re announcing our Seasonal Savings…

Responsive Styling Using Attribute Selectors

June 30th, 2020

One of the challenges we face when implementing class-based atomic styling is that it often depends on a specific breakpoint for context. <div class=”span-12″></div> <!– we want this for small screens  –> <div class=”span-6″></div>  <!– we want this for medium screens –> <div class=”span-4″></div>  <!– we want this for large screens  –> It’s common to…

New Resource: Authoring Tool Accessibility Report Generator

June 30th, 2020

The Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published the ATAG Report Tool. Authoring tools are software and services used to create web content – such as content management systems (CMS) and what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) HTML editors. W3C’s Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) addresses making the authoring tools themselves accessible and helping authors create more…

How sweet it is! This Googler carves fruit into art

June 29th, 2020

During work hours, Leonard Ko collaborates with teams of engineers on Pixel phones. But he’s also known for a unique talent outside of tech: creating intricate sculptures out of fruit. It turns out fruit is just the latest medium for Leonard, who has been creating art for decades—and only recently decided to make his art…

When Sass and New CSS Features Collide

June 29th, 2020

Recently, CSS has added a lot of new cool features such as custom properties and new functions. While these things can make our lives a lot easier, they can also end up interacting with preprocessors, like Sass, in funny ways. So this is going to be a post about the issues I’ve encountered, how I…

Styling Layout Wrappers In CSS

June 29th, 2020

Two things that strike me often about the web are how many ways there are to go about the same thing and how many considerations go into even the most seemingly simple things. Working with wrapper elements is definitely on both those lists. Wrappers (or containers or whatever) are so common — especially when establishing…

Bringing free retail listings to Google Search

June 29th, 2020

When shopping online, it can be daunting to find the right product, the bestseller, or the best value. People often have many high-quality choices available but aren’t always aware of them all or don’t have an easy way to access them. For many merchants, connecting with customers in a digital environment is still relatively new…

Understand how COVID-19 is impacting your community

June 29th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting different communities in different ways. As cities and towns across the world respond with local policies and guidelines, the need for timely and authoritative local news and information is paramount. To help people navigate these complexities, we’re working across our news products to highlight the latest local guidance and surfacing…