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ECMAScript proposal: JSON modules

July 21st, 2021

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer looks at JSON modules, which is already live in Chrome 91 (but nothing else). It looks just like an ES Modules-style import, only you asset the type at the end. import configData from ‘./config-data.json’ assert {type: ‘json’}; How nice is that? Once this makes its way across browsers, we’ve gone on a…

:focus-visible in WebKit

July 9th, 2021

This is a nice update from Manuel Rego Casasnovas. Igalia has this idea to sort of crowd-source important web platform features that need to get worked on (that’s the sort of work they do). They call it Open Prioritization. The “winner” of that (the one with the most-pledged dollars) is what they’ll do. That turned…

Beginner JavaScript Notes

July 8th, 2021

Wes has a heck of a set of “notes” for learning JavaScript. It’s organized like a curriculum, meaning if you teach JavaScript, you could do a lot worse. It’s actually more like 85 really fleshed-out blog posts organized into sections and easily navigable. If you want to be walked through it via video, then buy…

New video introduces TPAC — our annual conference

July 8th, 2021

W3C released today a short video introducing our annual conference. TPAC is the acclaimed event where web standards are developed for the benefit of humanity. Watch the video to learn how the Web community engages at this important rendez-vous, how together we create momentum, brainstorm and coordinate work, how together the Web Consortium makes the…

W3C Invites Implementations of ARIA in HTML

July 5th, 2021

The Web Applications Working Group has published the ARIA in HTML as a W3C Candidate Recommendation Snapshot. This specification defines the authoring rules (author conformance requirements) for the use of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 attributes on [HTML] elements. This specification’s primary objective is to define requirements for…

Accessibility accommodations now part of all W3C workshops

July 5th, 2021

W3C announced today that as part of our growing concern for inclusion, all W3C workshops will now include the following standard accessibility accommodations: English captions available on all pre-recorded presentations, before the live sessions Real-time English captions available during the live sessions American Sign language and other services will depend on participant requests W3C organizes…

Zero-Width Space

July 2nd, 2021

The name zero-width space is antithetical, but it’s not without uses. In text, maybe you’d use it around slashes because you want to be sure the words are treated individually but not have any physical space around the slash: That’s an image. WordPress was being weird about it and not escaping it even when in…

CSS for Web Vitals

July 1st, 2021

The marketing for Core Web Vitals (CWV) has been a massive success. I guess that’s what happens when the world’s dominant search engine tells people that something’s going to be an SEO factor. Ya know what language can play a huge role in those CWV scores? I’ll wait five minutes for you to think of…

W3C offers an Inclusion Fund and Fellowships for TPAC 2021

June 29th, 2021

60% of the world is online and we want and need to reflect the diversity of the whole world as more people continue to access, use and create the web. We believe that more diversity means better representation, which leads to better and more inclusive design. Indeed, more background, more use cases, more edge cases,…

System *Things

June 28th, 2021

I think we’re all largely aware of colors like this: color: OldLace; background: rebeccapurple; I guess you’d just call those “named colors” in CSS. Those aren’t the only kind of named colors there are though. Some of them are a bit more fluid. Jim Nielsen was blowin’ minds the other day when he blogged about…