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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…

WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate

February 23rd, 2021

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.7 is now available! Please join us in celebrating this very important milestone in the community’s progress towards the final release! “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress…

React Component Tests for Humans

February 23rd, 2021

React component tests should be interesting, straightforward, and easy for a human to build and maintain. Yet, the current state of the testing library ecosystem is not sufficient to motivate developers to write consistent JavaScript tests for React components. Testing React components—and the DOM in general—often require some kind of higher-level wrapper around popular testing…

Our all-new TalkBack screen reader

February 23rd, 2021

To blind traveling bluesman Joshua Pearson, songwriting is more than just a good melody. “Songwriting gave me a language to talk about my frustrations. And by putting my music out there, I could hopefully let somebody else feel some of what I was feeling.” For Joshua, TalkBack is his main pen and paper for writing…

First Public Working Draft: EPUB Accessibility 1.1

February 23rd, 2021

The EPUB 3 Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.1. This document specifies content conformance requirements for verifying the accessibility of EPUB Publications. It also specifies accessibility metadata requirements for the discoverability of EPUB Publications. The document takes an abstract approach to the accessibility requirements for EPUB Publications, similar to how…

WordPress 5.6.2 Maintenance Release

February 22nd, 2021

WordPress 5.6.2 is now available! This maintenance release includes 5 bug fixes. These bugs affect WordPress version 5.6.1, so you’ll want to upgrade. You can download WordPress 5.6.2 directly, or visit the Dashboard → Updates screen and click Update Now. If your sites support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process. WordPress 5.6.2 is a small maintenance release focused […]

Fostering innovation in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa

February 22nd, 2021

As part of our continuous effort to support the news industry around the world, we are launching our second Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. It’s an open call for projects that increase reader engagement and explore new business models to build a stronger future for journalism. Last year,…

Angular Best Practices from the Start

February 20th, 2021

One of the highest priorities for Angular is to enable best practices from the start. We want you to feel comfortable building a large enterprise user interface the same way as creating a to-do app. We apply this mindset in the framework’ APIs, developer tooling, best practices, and documentation. A few examples are the investment in…

Clipping Scrollable Areas On The inline-start Side

February 19th, 2021

On a default left-to-right web page, “hanging” an element off the right side of the page (e.g. position: absolute; right: -100px;) triggers a horizontal scrollbar that scrolls as far as needed to make that whole element visible. But if you hang an element on the left side of the page, it’s just hidden (no scrollbar…

Reflecting on Gutenberg’s 100th Release

February 19th, 2021

1.0 to 10.0 Gutenberg 10.0 released this week, February 17, 2021, marking the 100th release of the Gutenberg plugin; the 100th release of a journey that started more than four years ago when Matt announced the project at WordCamp US 2016. Where We Started The past four years have not always been an easy journey….