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Weekly Platform News: Contrast Ratio Range, replaceAll Method, Native File System API

November 21st, 2019

In this week’s roundup: Firefox’s new contrast checker, a simpler way to lasso substrings in a string, and a new experimental API that will let apps fiddle with a user’s local files. Firefox shows the contrast ratio range for text on a multicolored background According to Success Criterion 1.4.3 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines…

Weekly Platform News: Web Apps in Galaxy Store, Tappable Stories, CSS Subgrid

November 7th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: Firefox gains locksmith-like powers, Samsung’s Galaxy Store starts supporting Progressive Web Apps, CSS Subgrid is shipping in Firefox 70, and a new study confirms that users prefer to tap into content rather than scroll through it. Let’s get into the news. Securely generated passwords in Firefox Firefox now suggests a securely…

Weekly Platform News: WebAPK Limited to Chrome, Discernible Focus Rectangles, Modal Window API

October 24th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: “Add to home screen” has different meanings in Android, Chrome and Edge add some pop to focus rectangles on form inputs, and how third-party sites may be coming to a modal near you. Let’s get into the news. WebAPKs are not available to Firefox on Android On Android, both Chrome and…

Weekly Platform News: CSS column-span Property, ADA applies to Websites, Auto-generated Image Descriptions

October 17th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: multi-column layouts gain wide support, the ADA means more A11y for retailers, and Google is doing something about all the empty image alt attributes in the wild. The CSS column-span property will soon be widely supported The CSS column-span property, which has been supported in Chrome and Safari since 2010 (and…

Weekly Platform News: Impact of Third-Party Code, Passive Mixed Content, Countries with the Slowest Connections

October 10th, 2019

In this week’s roundup, Lighthouse sheds light on third-party scripts, insecure resources will get blocked on secure sites, and many country connection speeds are still trying to catch up to others… literally. Measure the impact of third-party code during page load Lighthouse, Chrome’s built-in auditing tool, now shows a warning when the impact of third-party…

Weekly Platform News: Tracking via Web Storage, First Input Delay, Navigating by Headings

October 3rd, 2019

In this week’s roundup, Safari takes on cross-site tracking, the delay between load and user interaction is greater on mobile, and a new survey says headings are a popular way for screen readers to navigate a webpage. Let’s get into the news. Safari’s tracking prevention limits web storage Some social networks and other websites that…

Weekly Platform News: Layout Shifts, Stalled High-Bitrate Videos, Screenshots in Firefox

September 26th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: fighting shifty layouts, some videos might be a bit stalled, and a new way to take screenshots in Firefox. Let’s get into the news! Identifying the causes of layout shifts during page load You can now use WebPageTest to capture any layout shifts that occur on your website during page load,…

Weekly Platform News: Emoji String Length, Issues with Rounded Buttons, Bundled Exchanges

September 19th, 2019

In this week’s roundup, the string length of two emojis is not always equal, something to consider before making that rounded button, and we may have a new way to share web apps between devices, even when they are offline. The JavaScript string length of emoji characters A single rendered emoji can have a JavaScript…

Weekly Platform News: Apple Deploys Web Components, Progressive HTML Rendering, Self-Hosting Critical Resources

September 12th, 2019

In this week’s roundup, Apple gets into web components, how Instagram is insta-loading scripts, and some food for thought for self-hosting critical resources. Apple deploys web components built using Stencil The new Apple Music web app (beta) uses a JavaScript framework (Ember.js) but also standard web components such as <apple-music-video-player> that are built using Stencil,…

Weekly Platform News: Text Spacing Bookmarklet, Top-Level Await, New AMP Loading Indicator

September 5th, 2019

In this week’s roundup, a handy bookmarklet for inspecting typography, using await to tinker with how JavaScript modules import one another, plus Facebook’s in-app browser is only posing as one. Let’s get into the news! Check if your content breaks after increasing text spacing Dylan Barrell from Deque has created a bookmarklet that you can…