Contributing design to projects as a not established contributor is an invidious task. Most free software projects don't even have the capacity or expertise to evaluate any contribution other than a collective gut feeling. If you run a free software project, try to have a design team. Otherwise you'll miss contributions.

#freesoftware #design #contribute

When the history of the web is written, let the record show that I was against this decision and it's part of the reason I left Microsoft. I didn't join the Edge team to help cement Google's dominance of the web.

Firefox is now more important, isolated and vulnerable. Some suggested ways we can support it:
• Set it as your default browser. And if you're back home with family over Christmas, suggest/set as their default too.
• When you hear web devs say "can't everyone just use Chrome", please challenge it.
• Contribute to Mozilla-led projects, e.g. MDN Docs: smashingmagazine.com/2018/05/c
• Donate to Mozilla if you can: donate.mozilla.org

With the news that Edge is switching from EdgeHTML to Chromium, now's a good time to reread "The Ecological Impact of Browser Diversity".

The number of "major lineages" has just dropped from 3 to 2.

css-tricks.com/the-ecological-

HAMLET
(hoisting skull)
Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio. A man of infin--

STALLMAN
(bursting in stage left)
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as knew, is in fact, knew/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, knew plus Linux

I wrote an article for the Mozilla Hacks blog that's a brief technical introduction to ActivityPub. I also provide an intro to my simple #ActivityPub Node.js server.

hacks.mozilla.org/2018/11/dece

"Unfortunately, low-code environments are promoted with the idea that this means you no longer need skilled development teams. Such suggestions ignore the fact that writing code is just a small part of what needs to happen to create high-quality software—practices such as source control, testing and careful design of solutions are just as important. "

thoughtworks.com/radar/platfor

I really believe the Chrome team wants to make the web competitive with native platforms. They have the incentive and resources to do it. I just worry that they're running away with it faster than any other browser vendor can keep up, leading to a browser monoculture and potentially monopoly.

"Less Snake Oil, More Context" by @surma dassur.ma/things/less-snakeoil

Solid performance advice. Focus less on microbenchmarks (which can be misleading), hearsay ("I heard X is faster than Y"), and all-or-nothing statements that don't consider tradeoffs. Also: measure, measure, measure.

This article is definitely worth a read. tinnedfruit.com/articles/creat

JS frameworks like React and Vue are great hammers, but not every problem is a nail. A framework is no substitute for giving team members time to learn and handle tech debt.

Firefox shows you all of the axes available for manipulation in a variable font. You can also tinker and toy with each axis.

The font does, however, need to be included in a web page in order to be inspected.

Months of planning come to a head. @fronteers is considering applying for @w3c membership and appointing @rachelandrew as our paid representative - if members agree.

alistapart.com/article/web-dev

Since some people are talking about the “death of the URL” … again … it felt like the right time to re-post something I wrote 2 years ag on the topic medium.com/@torgo/in-defense-o including a link to research that seems to indicate people DO know what URLs are.

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