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Issue 193

Native lazy-loading, z-index, digging into the display property, and can I stop using IE11?

Rachel Andrew
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Issue 193

I am in a very snowy Quebec City at the W3C Advisory Committee meeting representing Fronteers. I gave a short presentation about recent additions to CSS, and the slides are here. After this I am flying back to the UK, and due to very poor scheduling back out to San Francisco on Friday for a sold out Smashing CSS Layout workshop.

My next trip will then be to Boston for An Event Apart, who have been kind enough to sponsor the newsletter this week. There is a great lineup of speakers waiting for you in Boston, and at the other events this year so check out the link at the end of this email and I will see you there!

Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News - Native image lazy-loading for the web!

Not shipping in a browser yet, but will be a very useful feature, and something we have been doing in JavaScript for years.

New WebKit Features in Safari 12.1 | WebKit

Features of interest to this list include Intersection Observer and dark mode for the web. The HTML5 color type is also being supported, allowing for a native color picker when using this type.


Digging Into The Display Property: The Two Values Of Display — Smashing Magazine

In another of my articles digging into the detail of a CSS property or value, this time I'm looking at display, and what you really are doing when you change the value of the display property.

Color accessibility: tools and resources to help you design inclusive products, by Stéphanie Walter - UX designer & Mobile Expert.

Here is a great resource on using colour, while keeping accessibility in mind.

Managing Z-Index In A Component-Based Web Application — Smashing Magazine

A useful article about the z-index property, in particular in complex component-based applications. Some tips about principals to work to, in order to not to end up in a mess.


Can I Stop (Using IE11)

If you have data from your existing site then you should use that, but for people building a new site and wondering how many people use IE11 in their target region, here is the data. Remember that "support" can mean many different things. Using a progressively enhanced approach should mean you can offer a simpler experience to the few users you have on older browsers, even if you don't try to give the full experience.

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