Articles in the ‘HTML5’ Category

LWS is 5 – Less on CSS and More on CSS!

This month was a very special meetup for London Web Standards – it’s 5th birthday celebrations! Yes, it’s hard to believe that 5 years ago in October three guys met up in a North London pub to talk about the web. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Imogen Levy baked us a massive 7-layer London Web Standards Cake (British Bake-off contender next year 2013 for sure). Imogen, thank you so much (from all of the LWS Organisers)!

It was also a big LWS for me personally, as I took the stage to talk about a pet topic of mine: Less, Sass and CSS Pre-processors. Gotta say, I had a lot of fun and got some really great questions and comments from the audience. I’ll definitely do it again.

So, the sketchnotes service is at half capacity today, it being quite hard to do sketchnotes of my own talk. The notes this month are of Peter Gasston’s talk on The CSS of Tomorrow, covering future specs that will bring some of the features from Less/Sass to CSS, and hugely improve the way we layout websites (finally!).

My Talk – CSS Pre-Processors: 21st Century CSS (HTML slides)

Peter Gasston The CSS of Tomorrow

My Sketchnotes from Peter’s Talk

The CSS of Tomorrow - Peter Gasston

The CSS of Tomorrow – Peter Gasston

Thanks again to everyone involved, we truly celebrated LWS’s birthday in style.

Sketchnotes from LWS Print

September’s London Web Standards Meetup featured UX designers and developers bringing print to life with their tales of making web apps for the FT (Matt Andrews) and an iPad app for The Week (Harry Brignall). Sketchnotes are below.

Sorry it’s not much of a write-up (and a month late) but better late than never.

CSS Bookshelf – now on github

My CSS bookshelf is now available on github as an easy download if you want one yourself. Given that the code is now 2 years old it’s showing its age somewhat, so I’ll give it a spruce up over the next few weeks. Things like:

  • Removing the jQuery dependency (as I know a lot more JS now)
  • Using a CSS pre-processor on the stylesheet
  • Adding CSS gradients for the spines of the books, because there’s no need for images for most of them

Take a look at the project and let me know what you think in the comments

Mobile Augmented Reality at London Web Standards #lwsar

This month’s London Web Standards was on augmented reality, a hot topic a few years ago that is making its way back into people’s mindshare with projects like Google Glass. We had Dr. Paul Coulton talking about the current state of AR on mobile, Imogen Levy talking about how Westminster Abbey is using 3D and AR to improve the visitor experience, and Trevor Ward talked about how we can use AR now on current-generation devices.

We were also graced with the presence of Clare Sutcliffe, who came to talk to us about Code Club, getting kids aged 9-11 to learn to program using Scratch. The video that she showed is after the gallery.