Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Difference Between “Remote” and “Remote-First” — ReadThink (by HubSpot)

Remote-First: a company culture that hires without regard to location, with a culture of productivity to match


Thoughts on building a remote culture, from a remote CEO.

Paul Farnell, CEO of Litmus writes:

One misconception about remote work is that it hinders collaboration. In my experience, the inverse is more likely: offices hinder independent work. Collaboration tends to happen in short bursts, followed by longer periods of writing, designing, coding and thinking. It’s more important to give employees quiet time than it is to cram them into an open office.

Litmus is a remote company with a collective 15,000 square feet of office space. That might sound crazy, but I believe offices afford some benefits that distributed work simply can’t replace.

We’ve had a remote-first mindset since the beginning, but we’ve also always had some kind of office space for meetings, collaboration and socializing. First it was a little corner of coworking space, then a small office and eventually a full-fledged HQ.

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Using Feature Queries in CSS

How to use @supports in CSS to specify CSS that targets browsers capable of implementing a certain feature


So when do you want to use @supports? A Feature Query is a tool for bundling together CSS declarations so that they’ll run as a group under certain conditions. Use a Feature Query when you want to apply a mix of old and new CSS, but only when the new CSS is supported.

Let’s look at an example using the Initial Letter property. This new property initial-letter tells the browser to make the element in question bigger — like for a drop cap. Here, the first letter of the first word in a paragraph is being told to be the size of four lines of text. Fabulous. Oh, but I would also like to make that letter bold, and put a bit of margin on its right side, and hey, let’s make it a nice orange color. Cool.

We don’t want to change the color of the letter, or add a margin, or make it bold unless it’s also going to be made bigger by the Initial Letter property. We need a way to test and see whether or not the browser understands initial-letter, and only apply the change to color, weight, and margin if it does. Enter the Feature Query.

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Writing Less Damn Code

The better you understand the newest HTML and CSS, you’ll find that much of the code we write can be eliminated altogether


But it turns out the only surefire way to make performant Web Stuff is also to just write less. Minify? Okay. Compress? Well, yeah. Cache? Sounds technical. Flat out refuse to code something or include someone else’s code in the first place? Now you’re talking.

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The target=”_blank” phishing attack vector

If you use target=”_blank” you need to also use rel=”noopener noreferrer”


Ben Halpern writes:

If you use the target=”_blank” attribute on a link, and do not accompany it with a rel=”noopener” attribute, you are leaving your users open to a very simple phishing attack.

When a website uses target=”_blank” on their links in order to open a new tab or window, that website gives the new page access to the existing window through the window.opener API, allowing it a few permissions. Some of these permissions are automatically negated by cross-domain restrictions, but window.location is fair game.

In order to restrict the behavior window.opener access, the original page needs to add a rel=”noopener” attribute to any link that has target=”_blank”. However, Firefox does not support that tag, so you should actually use rel=”noopener noreferrer” for full coverage. Some amount of prevention can be acheived through scripting, though, as observed with Twitter, this seems to fail on Safari.

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