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WPD 432: All the CSS specs grouped by status, “FOUT is a feature”, a tool that visualizes third party assets

  • Posts

    • Refresher: The sizes attribute enables browsers to pre-load the most appropriate image, @………’s post
  • Content

    • All the CSS specs grouped by status, photo (CSS WG’s whiteboard) + page (digitized version)
  • Tools

    • Request Map, a web tool that visualizes a page’s third party assets, @………’s post + tool
      • Based on data from WebPageTest. Blob size = content size (in bytes) from that domain. Arrow length = mean response time of that domain. Blobs are draggable. Hover blobs/arrows for details.
  • Opinion

    • Flash of unstyled text (FOUT) is a feature” (for preventing FOIT), @………’s deck
      • Most browsers hide text (FOIT) while loading web fonts. This can be prevented by loading fonts dynamically (with Font Loading API + polyfill/shim) in which case browsers display unstyled text immediately.
    • Elevating specificity with an ID selector (instead of !important), @………’s post (+ disc.)
    • Boolean traps are an API design mistake, @………’s tweet

  • Other

    • A study into the use of cookies (based on 478 EU websites), @………’s report
      • Highlights: The average website places 34 cookies during the first visit (70% are third party, 86% are persistent). The average cookie is set to expire after one to two years.
    • @………’s Custom Elements polyfill (2.5 KB) adds experimental support for IE8, post
    • MouseEvent .buttons (spec, demo) enabled by default in Chrome Canary, commit + blink-dev disc.

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