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Web technologies of the year 2013

Matthias Gelbmann:

To identify the winners, we compared the number of sites using a technology on Jan 1, 2013 with the corresponding number on Jan 1, 2014. We use the difference of these numbers, rather than a percentage, because that would favor technologies with a tiny user base at the beginning of the year.

A not so surprising list. WordPress is the CMS winner for the fourth time in a row. Rightly so. /via

Endangered species of the Web: the Link

Christian Heilmann:

Ensuring the survival of the Link is pretty easy, all you need to do is treat it with respect and make sure it can be found online rather than being disguised behind lots of mock-Links and relying on a special habitat like the flawless execution of scripts.

A request by Christian Heilmann to save the traditional .

Fira Sans

The new Typeface by Mozilla which is used in the brand new Firefox OS is Open Source and can be used by anyone. I like the looks of it.


Unison.js is a small plugin (533 bytes minified, 164 bytes gzipped) that allows you to declare named breakpoints in one place and automatically sync them across your javascript and markup.

Sounds awesome, right?

Responsive Images: 2013 Year-End Update

Filament Group:

It can be difficult to keep track of all the ongoing “responsive images” discussion, given that it tends to take place across a number of channels, forums, and mailing lists. As you may have heard here and there, there have been three proposals for responsive images up for recent discussion: WebKit’s srcset attribute, the RICG’s picture element, and the src-n pattern spearheaded by Tab Atkins.

Very good summary of the status quo of responsive images solutions.

What is the DOM?

Chris Coyier:

A reader recently wrote in asking me what the DOM was. They said theyve heard it mentioned and alluded to, but arent sure they really understand it. We can fix that.

Easy to understand explanation of what the DOM is.

The Mobile Moment

Luke Wroblewski:

Things change for companies when the majority of their usage and traffic shifts from desktop to mobile devices. New processes, priorities, and product thinking are required to adapt. Dont wait too long to change as your companys mobile moment can come sooner than you think.

Let’s start out the year with some interesting statistics from Luke Wroblewski regarding mobile device usage of specific websites.

Happy 17th Birthday CSS

John Allsopp:

CSS changed my life, for the better, as it changed the Web for the better, and the lives of so many, indeed countless others. I owe those there in its infancy, who contributed so much to its success with no other motivation than their belief that this was an important technology, worthy of wide adoption, a debt of gratitude that will never be repaid. But I try as much as I can to pay it forward.

On December 8th, CSS had it’s 17th Birthday. This article is a look at it’s history and a thank you to many important people for CSS in the early days.

A Book Apart, Responsible Responsive Design

You’re designing responsively. But are you doing it responsibly?

Scott Jehl of the Filament Group is working on a book titled Responsible Responsive Design to which I’m very much looking forward in 2014.

BEM, Multiple Modifiers, and Experimenting with Attribute Selectors

Tommy Marshall:

Thanks to the long supported CSS attribute selectors, we can extend the use of BEM even further to allow for multiple selectors.

That’s a really interesting experiment, but like Tommy said nothing I’d really wanted to use in a real project because of it’s drawbacks. I also don’t like it if my SCSS generates too much through Mixins. It’s hard to understand if you are new to a project or even if you haven’t had a look at it for a long time. /via

ish. 2.0

Brad Frost:

I’m happy to introduce ish. 2.0. For the uninitiated, ish. is yet another viewport resizing tool. It’s called “ish.” because it focuses on general ranges (small-ish. medium-ish. large-ish.), rather than popular device widths. It’s our jobs as web designers to make sure our interfaces look and function across all screen sizes, and ish. is here to help.

Somehow I forgot to mention that Brad Frost released Version 2 of his popular viewport resizing tool ish. The enhancements are very cool and I encourage you to go read the whole blog post to see what ish 2. can do for you.

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