The First WordCamp Nordic

A little bit over a week ago, 600 people from all over the Nordics and beyond gathered in Helsinki for the first-ever WordCamp Nordic. I enjoyed it very much, not least because it was the first time at a Finnish WordCamp that I wasn’t speaking at or organising the event. Huge thanks to my former colleague Marco Martins and the other organisers who put in a lot of work to make it happen.

I wrote about the event in Finnish on the company blog

Christmas Pudding, Revisited

Nine years ago I wrote a post on my first experience making my own Christmas Pudding at home, just like my mum used to make them. I haven’t been bothered to make my own for a few years now, especially since they are easier to find these days in Finland. Like I wrote in my 2009 post, they should be steamed for up to 6 hours, which is A Bother. This year my wife and I made them ourselves again, but it turned out we had made twice the amount of pudding mixture required to fill the two Pyrex bowls we had bought specially for them. My wife then had an excellent idea: let’s make pudding cupcakes!

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Talk: What You Need to Know about the EU Accessibility Directive

This is a transcript of a talk I did at WordCamp Turku on the 28th of September, 2018. The slides to my talk are on Slideshare. I will update this post with a video when that is available.

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End of An Era

Today I gave a talk on the EU Web Accessibility Directive at WordCamp Turku. The slides to my talk are on SlideShare, but a blog post summarising the talk will be up here next week. Today was also my last day at Zeeland Family.

I joined H1 in 2012 as the third employee. It was my first “real” web development job working for a company, after almost 4 years of working as a freelancer. In 2016 our small team was acquired by Zeeland Family, and overnight we gained over 130 new colleagues. During these years I’ve had the priviledge of working with extremely talented, smart people and all-round fun and lovable human beings. Thank you, you know who you are.

Now though it’s time to move on, meet new people, face new challenges and learn new things. 

Gutenberg editor styling: more work for CSS developers?

Many agencies trying out Gutenberg early seem to have run into issues styling the editor. Keeping the front end and editor styles similar and in sync will be even more important with the new editor because of its visual nature, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be easy for developers.

In June, Marie Manandise wrote about her Gutenberg research at Studio 24. The post is quite long and worth reading even though Gutenberg development has progressed a lot since then. One of her main conclusions was quite scary though:

Were we to implement one of our current websites with Gutenberg now, we estimate that the extra CSS work required to style blocks in the editor and the complexity of updating block markup would more than double our development and QA time.

And that’s not counting the time to invest in coming up with internal best practices, build tools and a potential bank of re-usable components. 

“We tried converting a bespoke website design in WordPress with Gutenberg” on Medium

Luehrsen Heinrich‘s more recent experiences building a site for a game studio were overall positive, but they too mentioned this in WP Tavern’s article:

From a development perspective, Luehrsen said his team still struggles with the backend styles for the editor and that frontend and backend styles differ wildly because of that. They also haven’t yet found a maintainable, stable way of applying global styles to the Gutenberg editor.

“How a Munich-based Game Studio is Using WordPress and Gutenberg to Power Its Website” on WP Tavern

Exciting times. Hopefully there’s still time to do something about that now that 5.0 development has been pushed back to November.