This is a guest post by Toby Osbourn. Toby is one of the most talented and productive web developers I know and I was privileged to work with and learn from him for 6 months. He tweets a lot of interesting, thought-provoking and funny stuff too.
There’s a sentiment among web developers that seems to me to be more prevalent lately, a bit of a reaction against modern tools like CSS preprocessors, task runners and package managers. It’s pretty well summed up by two tweets:
On Thursday 9th October at 6.30pm I’ll be giving a talk on the new responsive images standards. It’s a free talk and will take place at Rumble Labs in Belfast, just round the corner from St. Anne’s Cathedral.
The <img> tag all started with this message and has been with us since HTML 2.0. In that time it hasn’t changed much at all, just put a path to an image in the src attribute and you have an image on the screen.
More and more of the sites I’m building recently are using webfonts, and some of these fonts are very heavy. I care about load time and page weight, so I set about finding ways to ensure I could use webfonts while minimising some of the associated problems, viz. FOUT and missing content.
AJAX has become a big part of responsive design for me. I use it to load secondary content into larger viewports to make it easier to find/view than if it is behind a small link in the footer or somewhere like that.