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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…

Intent to Explain: Demystifying the Blink Shipping Process

November 12th, 2019

If you’re a standards-curious web developer, you may have wondered how features get added to browsers, or even how the Chrome team decides what they will work on. You probably also have, at least at some point, thought to yourself “I have this urgent problem but I’ll have to work around it for the foreseeable…

Chrome Dev Summit 2019: Elevating the Web Together

November 11th, 2019

As the largest open ecosystem in history, the Web is a tremendous utility, with more than 1.5B active websites on the Internet today, serving nearly 4.5B web users across the world. This kind of diversity (geography, device, content, and more) can only be facilitated by the open web platform. Users uniquely experience the Web as…

Moving towards a faster web

November 11th, 2019

Speed has been one of Chrome’s core principles since the beginning – we’re constantly working to give users an experience that is instant as they browse the web. That said, we have all visited web pages we thought would load fast, only to be met by an experience that could have been better. We think…

Making new experiences possible on the web

November 11th, 2019

The web that we know today has come a long way from its humble beginnings as simple interlinked documents; today it powers a huge number of rich services and applications. Content consumption is at the heart of the web, however, there are many tasks that people need to turn to native applications to accomplish. Our…

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…

Chrome 79 Beta: Virtual Reality Comes to the Web

October 31st, 2019

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 79 is beta as of October 31, 2019. Virtual Reality Comes to the Web The…

Addressing some misconceptions about our plans for improving the security of DNS

October 28th, 2019

Whenever you type a URL into your browser (for example “redcross.org”), this information is sent to a domain name system (DNS) provider that converts that request into the unique numerical “IP address” (e.g. 162.6.217.119) that identifies websites on the Internet. Your browser then uses that numerical IP address to take you to the site you…

A Business Case for Dropping Internet Explorer

October 28th, 2019

The distance between Internet Explorer (IE) 11 and every other major browser is an increasingly gaping chasm. Adding support for a technologically obsolete browser adds an inordinate amount of time and frustration to development. Testing becomes onerous. Bug-fixing looms large. Developers have wanted to abandon IE for years, but is it now financially prudent to…

The Landscape of Cross-Platform App Development

October 25th, 2019

I don’t track this stuff very well, but I get it. If you want a native app for Android and iOS, it sure would be nice to only have to write it once rather than two very different languages. Roughly double your reach without doubling the work. More and more of these things are reaching…