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WPD 414: Reactions to Pointer Events becoming REC, drastic changes in Polymer 0.8, tool for precaching using Service Worker

  • News

    • HTML 5.1 editor’s draft retires multi-page version and GitHub repo, @………’s post
    • IEBlog announces additional improvements for touch interoperability in the EdgeHTML engine, post
    • Reactions to Pointer Events becoming a W3C Recommendation:
      • (1) @………’s post (jQuery blog): “We can choose Pointer Events over Touch Events. And we can do it right now, with PEP (Pointer Events Polyfill)”. (2) @………’s post: “Apple simply does not play well with other vendors when it comes to standardization”. (3) @………’s post: “I see Pointer Events clearly aligned with other technologies, such as CSS media queries, in service of a modern ‘responsive web design’ approach”.
  • Posts

    • Theming UI components and SVG with the currentColor variable, @………’s post
    • The technical details of Medium’s typography and typesetting, @………’s post
    • Polymer 0.8 sneak peek: drastic changes, more lean and production-friendly, @………’s post
  • Info

    • Browser support for comma/period decimal marks in <input type="number"> values, @………’s post
      • Main takeaway: In Blink-based browsers and on Android, if the browser/OS is in English, a , (comma) decimal mark will not be recognized regardless of the lang attribute (i.e. a web page is unable to use lang to override the language setting of the browser/OS), demo.
    • “www.youtube” resolves to a special IP address used for name collision alerts, post
  • Tools

    • sw-precache (module), generates Service Worker code for precaching resources, @………’s post
      • “sw-precache hooks into your existing Node-based build process (e.g. Gulp or Grunt) and generates a list of versioned resources, along with the Service Worker code needed to precache them.”

  • Other

    • V8 and SpiderMonkey have agreed to do prototype impl’s of the exponentiation operator (**), source
    • CloudFlare’s “Universal SSL”: free encryption to origin server (“the other half of the conn.”) in beta, post
    • How to track JavaScript, AngularJS and jQuery errors with Google Analytics, @………’s post
    • Hands-on with Panasonic’s upcoming Firefox OS-based smart TV, post w/ screens
    • Unreal Engine adds option to package and launch games in a web browser with a single click, source

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