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Blog (Web Development, Philosophy, Art and Design, and Adventure) · Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert on web development and design (and sometimes philosophy, art, and adventure). Writing about quality code and world views since 1999.


User-Centered Web Development

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:32:49 +0000

When we think of user focus we easily think of usability tests, following a usually strong wish to produce something that’s actually useful. For us as web developers, focus on the user has a tendency to appear distant though…

HTML, CSS, and Dependency Direction

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:31:28 +0000

Adam Wathan wrote one of the most interesting web development articles I’ve read in the last few months: CSS Utility Classes and “Separation of Concerns.” At least until “Phase 3” there’s much to learn about current web development…

How Declaration Repetition Developed over Time, a Statistically Insignificant Sample

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:45:23 +0000

We know that there’s excessive declaration repetition in the Web’s style sheets, that each declaration is on average repeated 2–3 times, often needlessly. We know that this repetition is a little less bad on tech sites…

Highlights from Cobbett’s Advice to Young Men

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:04:16 +0000

“The first thing to be required of a man is, that he understand well his own calling, or profession; and, be you in what state of life you may, to acquire this knowledge ought to be your first and greatest care.”

On Loyalty

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:01:25 +0000

We should be protective of our greatest possession—our values.

The Compact Guide to Web Maintainability: 200 Tips and Resources

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:59:36 +0000

The result of reviewing, normalizing, rephrasing, sorting, and testing 134 responses to a maintainability survey that yielded more than 500 data points, to form a new guide, a new and more definite guide to web maintainability.

Oh WTF My Tone, or: On Germans Speaking English

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:55:17 +0000

Anecdote. When I was working at Google, shortly after I had made one of my first bigger contributions, I experienced one of my more memorable performance reviews. You’ll never guess what happened next.

On Material Design

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:22:03 +0000

When Google introduced Material Design back in 2014, I was happy; I was happy for the team and I was happy for Google to mark another milestone on the long way of improving the aesthetics of their products. But, I was also concerned.

Static Site Tricks: Social Network Propagation with IFTTT

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:00:55 +0000

Automation is critical for work efficiency and productivity. Everything helps.

The Two Extremes of Writing CSS, and What We Can Learn from Them

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:30:17 +0000

Extremes can be useful. In practice they help get the maximum out of a given approach, and in theory they can show what we’re headed to. Compare two ways of writing CSS—like Tachyons or Atomic CSS, and 2000’s idealistic coding.

On Meeting and Leaving People

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:14:09 +0000

Humans are social. Cooperation got us where we are. There are several ways to get to know new people, and, in relationships, to leave them. A few thoughts.

What We Know

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 13:33:18 +0000

On some days, if you asked me about what we know, with absolute certainty, I’d respond with only that something exists. And if you asked me…

On Writing 1,000 Poems

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:19:26 +0000

A story of venturing into an entirely different genre.

Privacy Experiments: How to Auto-Generate Random Web Traffic

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:22:34 +0000

I believe that privacy, which has never been about “hiding something,” is a fundamental civil right, one that is but must not be infringed on; so I once more played with randomizing personal web traffic.

Expert Web Development: A 3rd Key Differentiator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:04:58 +0000

As web developers we have decisions to make and our decisions depend on a few variables. Two that have become much more important over the years are the one of code for research or production, and the one of web site or app…

An Ode to Smashing Magazine

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:04:52 +0000

Excitement about a success story.

Performance of CSS Selectors Is Still Irrelevant

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:38:38 +0000

From my upcoming book on CSS optimization: Selector performance is not something to optimize for as the price we pay for it is, indeed, terrible: We micro-manage our work for gains that aren’t even noticeable.

On Big Picture Thinking in Web Development

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:55:30 +0000

Thoughts on thinking outside the box, in tech, with examples ranging from selector performance to a general development vision, to illustrate how very different issues can all reach beyond their perimeter.

CSS: The Reason Why Selectors Should Be Ordered, Too

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:50:11 +0000

We’ve talked a lot about declarations as declarations are at the heart of our work with direct consequences for the quality of our style sheets. We’ve not talked much about selectors, though, and that may be a mistake.

Static Site Generation with Grow: How to Set Up Syndication Feeds

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:47:10 +0000

Grow is a static site generator that I’ve slowly been switching to on my own projects. Here I wish to lay out how to do something with Grow that’s not overly difficult, but also not well-documented—to set up syndication feeds.

Thoughts on #MeToo

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:16:26 +0000

#MeToo exposes great injustice, and it could do so justly.

Are You a Gentleman?

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:15:19 +0000

Values are on my mind quite much of the time, as our only possession; but writing about values, I don’t quite get to yet. A question, now, to point into the direction.

The Scientific Irony

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:19:14 +0000

There’s no proof that life has meaning; therefore, life is meaningless. Wait, what?

DRY CSS: How to Use Declarations Just Once, Effectively

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:02:50 +0000

Using declarations just once is one way to control repetition in style sheets. It’s not a silver bullet, as we’ve seen with recent data, but it’s so powerful as to make for a key style sheet optimization method.

5 Reasons Against Resets, Normalizers, Reboots

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:07:29 +0000

A word about one of CSS’s horsemen of the apocalypse.