John Gruber on Annoying Sharing Bars

Over on Daring Fireball, John Gruber has some true words to say about those pesky floating sharing bars (or “dickbars” like he calls them) used by Medium and others.

A website should not fight the browser. Let the browser provide the chrome, and simply provide the content. Web developers know this is right — these dickbars are being rammed down their throats by SEO experts. The SEO folks are the same dopes who came up with the genius strategy of requiring 5-10 megabytes of privacy-intrusive CPU-intensive JavaScript on every page load that slows down websites. Now they come to their teams and say, “Our pages are too slow — we gotta move to AMP so our pages load fast.”

CSS Grid Layout and Accessibility

CSS Grid is the future. However just like with many other layout techniques, it’s very easy to go crazy with it and cause an accessibility nightmare. There’s an excellent article on MDN on potential pitfalls:

If at any time in the design process you find yourself using grid to relocate the position of an element, consider whether you should return to your document and make a change to the logical order too. 

Full article: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/CSS_Grid_Layout/CSS_Grid_Layout_and_Accessibility

Podcast: Chatting about WordCamp Helsinki

I was a guest on the 7th episode of the only Finnish-language WordPress podcast around, Se Alkuperäinen WordPress Podcast . We chatted about attending WordCamps, organizing WordCamps and the upcoming WordCamp Helsinki in particular. This year I’m not on the organising team but I’ll be giving a lightning talk on the WordPress Customizer.

Jakso 7: WordCamp Finland