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How to make and share digital holiday cards

December 18th, 2020

December 24 is one of the few days my very large family all gets together. We have dinner and drinks, open gifts, play with the dogs, entertain the babies…it’s chaos, but the best kind. It’s also when we all get to hear what everyone’s been up to, and relive some of our favorite memories. This…

What Makes CSS Hard To Master

December 18th, 2020

Tim Severien: I feel we, the community, have to acknowledge that CSS is easy to get started with and hard to master. Let’s reflect on the language and find out what makes it hard. Tim’s reasons CSS is hard (in my own words): You can look at a matching Ruleset, and still not have the…

What’s Old is New

December 17th, 2020

This year, I learned a lot about how “old” tricks can solve a lot of modern problems if you use the right tools. Following the growth of Jamstack-style development has been both a learning experience, while also a nostalgic one. It’s been amazing to see how you can power plain ol’ HTML, CSS, and JavaScript…

The News Media Bargaining Code remains unworkable—but there is a path forward

December 17th, 2020

The Australian Government has introduced its News Media Bargaining Code into Parliament. Unfortunately, while the Government has made some changes, the legislation still falls far short of a workable Code. As the legislation goes to a Senate committee for inquiry, it has serious problems that need to be worked through. The Code has changed—but still…

Happy holidays from the World Wide Web Consortium!

December 17th, 2020

Through the year 2020 which has been so difficult for so many, our community has remained light and an inspiration. With great thanks for all you do and our very best wishes for the new year (see our animated holiday greeting). As we reflect on the overall year, we featured a few areas of success…

Redesigning Search would harm American consumers and businesses

December 17th, 2020

Our response to today’s lawsuit about the design of Google Search by state attorneys general: Google Search is designed to provide you with the most relevant results. We know that if you don’t like the results we’re giving you, you have numerous alternatives—including Amazon, Expedia, Tripadvisor, and many others just a click away. So we…

First Public Working Draft: Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) – Version 3

December 17th, 2020

The Dataset Exchange Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) – Version 3, intended to supersede DCAT 2. DCAT is an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web. Version 3 extends the DCAT 2 with guidelines on Versioning and Dataset series.

First Public Working Draft: The Screen Fold API

December 17th, 2020

The Devices and Sensors Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of The Screen Fold API. This document specifies an API that allows web applications to request the angular value to which a device with a screen hinge is folded. Under the right conditions, and if allowed, the value representing the angle in…

Learning to Simplify

December 16th, 2020

When I first got this writing prompt, my mind immediately started thinking stuff like, “What tech have I learned this year?” But this post isn’t really about tech, because I think what I’ve learned the most about building websites this past year is a simplification. This year, I’ve learned that keeping it simple is almost…

How location helps provide more relevant search results

December 16th, 2020

There are many factors that play a role in providing helpful results when you search for something on Google. These factors help us rank or order results and can include the words of your query, the relevance or usability of web pages in our index, and the expertise of sources. Location is another important factor…