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http://christianheilmann.com/2014/04/18/web-components-and-you-dangers-to-avoid/

A quick braindump on my thoughts on web components. We have a chance to do something amazing and very needed here. Let's not repeat mistakes of the past. This needs time and effort of all of us. It is not just another library, this is moving the platform ahead.
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Well stated. I feel like you have summarized my attitude towards web development as a whole. I love web dev as much as I hate it. 
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Annoying difference between Firefox and Chrome: copying an animated GIF to a canvas means copying the current frame in Chrome and the first one in Firefox. http://christianheilmann.com/2014/04/16/browser-inconsistencies-animated-gif-and-drawimage/
The catch: according to the spec, Firefox is doing it right.
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I'd expect <video src=foo.gif> to work and allow copying of individual frames. Using an image as the base for animated things doesn't make any sense.
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options are decisions, not choices.
 
Stumbled into another nice example of what's wrong with the developer cop-out of "Just make it a setting!": do that for long enough, and you end up with Eclipse.

Do you really want to do that to your users?

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This is not eclipse though. Soap ui. 
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+Papick G. Taboada
it's all fancy fonts that can't be included in plain text message. You know, when your msg lacks depth, add fancy font to it...
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Here's a video of Alan Kay saying that '[HTML] has to be one of the worst ideas since MS-DOS', among other things.

Alan Kay is one of the greats*, but here I think he's missing one important point: done is better than perfect. 

For example, Ted Nelson's Project Xanadu – I'm quite sure – would be a much better Web than what we have today. But it's also a project that started in 1960 and still has no real world usage. (Contrast with Tim Berners-Lee's WWW, that is very much alive after ~25 years.)

I'm sure there are a million better ways to do hypertext than HTML. But it's the implementation that counts.

Also, if I understand it correctly, Mr. Kay advocates bundling procedures with data (as was practice in the old days), so that the recipient (client) knows what to do with that data. That sounds a lot like eval() to me... I know that's a very strong simplification, but if we're sending code to the client over the wire which is supposed to be executed – yeah, that's eval. The trend goes, of course, exactly opposite that direction. ("Eval is evil" is a mantra.)

(* See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Kay, there's just too much to list here.)

(video via +Zdroják.cz) 
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good day
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http://christianheilmann.com/2014/04/09/on-windows-xp-and-ie6/

IE6 is dead! (well, not really). And you know what? It doesn't matter. What matters is that we don't repeat the same mistakes that lead to it being on life-support for so long.
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I'm upgrading to both 7,8 and Linux mint.
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Yes, this is serious.
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yes. that was sarcasm with a huge eyeroll and hey let's VC the fuck out of some stupid business plan while the infrastructure falls apart around us. 
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Yes, great to see +Addy Osmani and +Alice Boxhall taking the discussions at #edgeconf to a productive level! Thanks!!!
 
Writing accessible Web Components  - Part 1 of a new guide by +Alice Boxhall and I

http://www.polymer-project.org/articles/accessible-web-components.html
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