Random links that catch my fancy, part three of ∞

Part three of this week’s epic bookmark dump.












One of the biggest challenges facing web practitioners is getting the web to perform well. We may not be able to beat native applications’ ability to leverage a device’s hardware, but we do need to compete with them in terms of experience. This means, at the most basic level, allowing users to get to content as quickly and efficiently as possible. If we waste the time, money and patience of our audiences, they will leave us behind for content that respects them. The Facebook News service—and now Apple’s own competitor in this space—is a damning indictment of the experiences we’ve been giving our audience.

Keep The Web Healthy by Stephen Caver (1340 words).





As of May, the average web page surpassed the 2 MB mark. This is almost twice the size of the average page just three years ago.

Page bloat update: The average web page is more than 2 MB in size by Tammy Everts (1011 words).



This reminds me of 90s Internet mystery meat navigation, except that there’s not even any mystery meat, and you’re just randomly dragging around and tapping on things to trigger actions that might or might not be supported by the application you’re actually trying to use. You could argue that split view is a power user feature, and power users can just go watch a YouTube movie that explains how the feature works, but I’ve now watched this section of the keynote twice, forgotten how it works once already, and I’m completely sure that I will have forgotten how it works again by tomorrow.

Window Management and Apple by Lukas Mathis (1941 words).



One might argue that with my strategy I lose the depth of arguments, but I would argue that I’m just cutting the fluff that exists because of an outdated economics.

When nonfiction books were sold in print on shelves in physical book stores, I believe there was a “minimum thickness requirement” that books needed to meet in order for customers to feel justified in spending $20 on a copy of a book. So authors and publishers were incentivized to create hundreds of pages of fluff (often in the form of extraneous and drawn out supporting example evidence cases) that did not meaningfully contribute to the thesis of the book.

Information Condensation (post now seems to have been deleted) by Andrew Kortina (515 words).



Today I discovered that Apple is introducing a new “pinned tab icon” feature, which unfortunately co-opts the existing HTML favicon syntax, and is causing compatibility issues in Firefox Nightly.

Apple’s new not-quite-favicon syntax causing problems in other browsers; needs standardization? by Daniel Holbert and others on a mailing list (429 words).