Link: Touch action tests

http://www.quirksmode.org/mobile/tableTouch.html PPK just updated his results table for touch actions on mobile devices. A fantastic resource for low-level mobile web interaction details. Via: http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2014/01/touch_action_te.html

Configure Local DNS for Better Cross Browser Testing

Cross browser testing is a key part of modern web development. Anything we can do to make it easier and faster will benefit our development process. Today we’re going to look at strategies for domain name and DNS configuration in your local development environment to make cross platform and cross browser testing easier.

Link: Link: Scrolling is easier than clicking

http://bokardo.com/archives/scrolling-easier-clicking/ I hadn’t ever considered it, but it is easier to scroll than click. I wonder if some of that is human nature – wanting to find out what’s next. Via: http://tinyletter.com/assaf/letters/weekend-reading-bikeshed-io

Link: Browser Wishlist [2014]

http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/2014/01/22/browser-wishlist-2013/ A good list of stuff to make web developers lives easier and improve UX. I particularly like some of the ideas around font loading because I’ve been dealing with FOUT recently.

Link Check Intricacies of a Site Launch

When you are launching a new website, you need to be sure that you find and fix as many broken links as possible before your visitors find them. The best way to deal with these broken links is with a two-phased approach – one phase before you launch and the second immediately after.

Link: width=device-width, initial-scale, and too-wide elements

http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2014/01/widthdevicewidt.html Investigation by PPK into how different mobile browsers handle display of wide elements with different meta viewport values. Unless you have a special need, safest approach seems to be to specify both initial-scale=1 and width=device-width

Link: Authoring Style Guide

https://github.com/tooling/authoring-styleguide Some good guidelines for technical writing. Via http://labnotes.org/weekend-reading-500-feet-in-the-air/

Link: Browser stats for Q4

http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2014/01/browser_stats_f_7.html Some general trends in web browser usage – keeping an eye on this can help you make decisions on where to focus your development and QA efforts in the absence of more specific information for your audience. Curious to see how big mobile usage is in Nigeria and India. Definitely something to keep in… Read more

Link: Estimated reading time in web design

http://briancray.com/posts/estimated-reading-time-web-design Interesting how a little detail can have such a big effect. An example of how setting expectations can have a big benefit. Showing an estimated time improved time on site by 13.8%. What's more interesting though—people either followed me, subscribed to my blog, or retweeted my articles 66.7% more often. Via http://labnotes.org/weekend-reading-500-feet-in-the-air/