Frontend Focus

Issue 318 — November 29, 2017
A deep exploration of creating accessible menus for the Web, starting from defining exactly what a menu even is.
Smashing Magazine
A really neat look at a technique for using CSS and data attributes to create annotated ‘wireframe’ views of Web page elements.
Eric Meyer

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The what, why, and how behind using a library for efficient ‘scrollytelling’ that uses IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events.
Russell Goldenberg
Christian explores “the issue of the web not moving fast enough for people and clinging on to seemingly terrible ideas from the past”.
Christian Heilmann
Mitch takes a close look at PWAs on Android devices and explains how we can pave the way for a new era of ‘browserless’ web browsing.
Smashing Magazine
Stands for First, Last, Invert, Play. It’s a technique for animating DOM elements smoothly.
David Khourshid
A golden-oldie set of pros, cons and helpful tips spanning the various ways of loading Web fonts on your site.
Zach Leatherman

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In Brief

HTML Media Capture Now a W3C Proposed Recommendation news
An HTML form extension for accessing a device’s media capture features via a file upload control.
W3C

Bruce Lawson on Editing The W3C HTML5 Spec news
Also explains why there are both WHATWG and W3C HTML specs.
Bruce Lawson.

Building A Simple To Do Web App with Stitch, React, and MongoDB tutorial
This short tutorial will get you started with MongoDB Stitch.
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Better Date Formatting with the ‘time’ Element tutorial
Adam Laki

Common Responsive Layouts with CSS Grid tutorial
Some common responsive website layouts to copy, edit, and mess around with.
Jo Franchetti

Monitoring Unused CSS Using The Power of the DevTools Protocol tutorial
Johnny’s Dev Blog

Web Animation API: Unleashing The Power of CSS Keyframes in JavaScript tutorial
JavaScript Kit

Rendering Performance From The Ground Up video
An easy to understand introduction to performance concerns when rendering in the browser.
Martin Splitt

Can Firefox Quantum Regain Mozilla’s Browser Market Share? opinion
Amos B. Batto

On the Growing Popularity of Atomic CSS opinion
Ollie Williams

SuperTinyIcons: 81 Popular Web Service Icons in Tiny SVGs tools
Minuscule SVG versions of common site and app logos.
Terence Eden

Set Up a Netflix Style Streaming Service for Any Device or Platform tools
The Bitmovin Player has a unified config, UI and API to deliver a perfect experience anywhere.
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nanocal: An AirBnB-Style Date Range Picker code
Live demo here.

UPNG.js: Now Even Better PNG Minification code
6x faster than before and creates better palettes for dithering.
Photopea

Literally Canvas: An HTML5-Based Drawing Widget code

Infinitown: An ‘Infinite Town’ WebGL Experiment demo
Little Workshop





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