Tag Archives: Specification

Conferencing and Test The Web Forward


Within the last weeks I had the pleasure to attend some of the most valuable conferences in our business and meet awesome people to chat with. Finally I want to share some of my experiences and invite you what’s coming next.

Smashing Conference

Back in the end of September I attended Smashing Conference, set up by Smashing Magazine and Marc Thiele with some high quality speakers in beautiful Freiburg, Germany, the city where I’m currently living.

Focusing on web design and development the smashing way this conference had a variety of topics from the latest secrets of CSS, on the anatomy of responsive web design and the new Photoshop (tl;dr: the browser, and while we’re at it… the console is pretty easy compared to Photoshop).

Two major thoughts that were emphasized in a lot of talks are designing in the browser and responsive design. (If responsive design is only an “optional” feature in your workflow consider this time being over. (You ain’t got no choice!))

You set up something really great, Vitaly, Marc and the whole team behind Smashing Magazine. Thank you! Looking forward to a new issue in the next year.

Image Credit: Sven Freiburg / Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Create The Web Tour, London

Some of the hosts of Working Draft and other web-dev friends had the pleasure to join the Create The Web event by Adobe.

As a developer Brackets, the Open Source front-end editor totally written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript is the most interesting thing I took from Create The Web.
Apart from that I think Edge Reflow, a tool for designing responsive websites, is a great step for designers to get a better view on what is important in web design. Since Photoshop is not really the right tool for that.
Also I love to see Adobe joining the web community more and more and adding many valuable products (partly Open Source!) to their line-up.

Thank you, Jay, for making this well-planned and great day with good insights to Adobe’s engagement in the web platform possible for us!

Fronteers Conference

This year again I attended Fronteers Conference in Amsterdam which to many people is the best front-end conference in Europe.
Starting with the Jam Sessions on Wednesday it became a superb few days meeting a lot of people from around the globe to chat with and get into contact.

Make sure to check out the Jam Sessions which were all very good.
Note: You can find my session “Writing Awesome Code” here.

There were a lot of great talks given too. Chris Heilmann shares his experience of Fronteers. He did a great job MCing the event.

Test The Web Forward

Last but not least I will join some of the best engineers in our field to learn a better understanding of specifications, writing tests for the web platform and help moving the web forward.

Over the course of the event, not only will you learn to understand how to read specifications and understand the state of support among different browsers, but you will also create robust tests along with the editors of various standards to ensure browsers implement these features consistently. At the end of it, you will gain a deeper understanding of browser internals & how you can write clear, robust tests.

Test The Web Forward

The event is named Test The Web Forward and will take place on October 26th and 27th in Paris. Check out the website for more information about it. Make sure to be there if you are near to Paris. Or plan a nice weekend trip! It will be fun.

About CSS Variables


Please read about the updated syntax of CSS variables in the first and second update of this post. Since a little bit more than a month (as of the time of writing) there is a Editor’s Draft for a CSS Variables Module by Google (Tab Atkins and Luke Macpherson) and Daniel Glazman. Just a few days ago the Working Draft was updated. The first draft was written in 2008 by Daniel Glazman but was not added to the official specification. The new WD extends this proposal by Glazman. Disclaimer: This article is part of a small series about the latest

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About The CSS Hierarchies Module Level 3


Since the beginning of February there were some proposals for the CSS3 specification. These proposals are not yet part of the specification and will likely be changed until they get adopted by the CSSWG. One of these drafts is the CSS Hierarchies Module Level 3. So what’s the Hierarchies Module? And why “Level 3″? The Hierarchies Module is not exactly new. It exists since the very first steps of CSS and was first released in Dezember 1996 with CSS1. The CSS1 specification is still up, so check it out if you want to. When you write CSS you always use selectors to target

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A Travel Through Time – and Back


Somehow… <time> Disappeared As you might have heard the <time>-element was removed from the HTML5 specification last saturday by Ian “Hixie” Hickson, the editor of the spec. Hixie decided to remove <time> and replace it by the more general <data>-element. A question that came up: Why got<time> removed and why did nobody stop Hixie? Well: There

Offer Files as Download with a@download


So the spec introduces a new attribute on a-tags (so called “links” – this may be new to you ;-)) called download (short: a@download – this technique of connecting attributes with tags is written up and documented by Mathias Bynens). When you link to a file like an image or a PDF-document it will be displayed within the browser normally. The download-attribute in links prevents this behavior and offers the file as a download in your browser. Definition The spec allows the attribute for having a value. This value can be a string which defines the name of the downloaded file. As a default

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