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Reduced Motion, CORS, WhiteHouse.gov, popups, and 100vw

February 26th, 2021

In this week’s roundup, we highlight a proposal for a new <popup> element, check the use of prefers-reduced-motion on award-winning sites, learn how to opt into cross-origin isolation, see how WhiteHouse.gov approaches accessibility, and warn the dangers of 100vh. Let’s get into the news! The new HTML <popup> element is in development On January 21,…

For Rich Jones, starting a finance podcast just made cents

February 26th, 2021

Several years ago, Rich Jones was on the hunt for personal finance podcasts. But none were right for him. “It felt like every podcast that I listened to either made me feel dumb, or made me feel like I was being lectured by an old white guy in a suit,” he says. “Or it just…

Furthering our work with HBCUs

February 26th, 2021

Melonie Parker graduating from Hampton University, a historically Black research university in Hampton, Virginia. We have a responsibility to not only increase the representation of our workforce but also work with higher education institutions to provide access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in the tech industry. As Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, it gives me great…

Using AI to explore the future of news audio

February 25th, 2021

Radio reaches more Americans every week than any other platform. Public radio stations in the United States have over 3,000 local journalists and each day they create audio news reports about the communities they serve. But news audio is in a similar place as newspaper articles were in the 1990s: hard to find, and difficult…

Call for Review: Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

February 25th, 2021

The Web Authentication Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2. This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users. This is Web Authentication Level 2….

Using artificial intelligence (AI) in breast cancer screening

February 25th, 2021

Every year, approximately 40 million women undergo breast-cancer screening in the U.S. using a procedure called mammography. For some, this can be a nerve-wracking experience; many wait days or weeks before a radiologist can review their scan and provide initial screening results. Between 10 and 15 percent of women must return for a second visit…

Did You Know About Reusable Blocks?

February 24th, 2021

Created by Joen Asmussen, @joen The WordPress block editor (a.k.a. Gutenberg) comes with a feature called “reusable blocks.” They are blocks, saved for later, edited in one place. Have you ever wanted to: Re-use the same snippet of text across posts and pages? Save complex layouts to spare you having to copy/paste from one post…

Our efforts to fight child sexual abuse online

February 24th, 2021

Across Google and YouTube, we are always working to protect our users from harmful content, especially the kind of horrific, illegal content referred to as child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Since our earliest days, we’ve been committed to fighting online child sexual exploitation and abuse both on our platforms and in the broader online ecosystem….

A DRY Approach to Color Themes in CSS

February 24th, 2021

The other day, Florens Verschelde asked about defining dark mode styles for both a class and a media query, without repeat CSS custom properties declarations. I had run into this issue in the past but hadn’t come up with a proper solution. What we want is to avoid redefining—and thus repeating—custom properties when switching between…

How anonymized data helps fight against disease

February 24th, 2021

Data has always been a vital tool in understanding and fighting disease — from Florence Nightingale’s 1800s hand-drawn illustrations that showed how poor sanitation contributed to preventable diseases to the first open source repository of datadeveloped in response to the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in…