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Below you find the last seven QuirksBlog entries.

Making input type=date complicated

Permalink | in HTML5

Everyone who’s ever messed around with dates knows that they are terribly user-hostile — not only for software developers, but also for users. True, users will be able to tell you their date of birth or today‚Äôs date without trouble, but ask them to fill them out in a web form and they will encounter problems.

Month first, day first, or year first? And what about slashes, dashes, and other separators? Usually the website engineer has a strong personal preference and enforces it religiously upon unsuspecting users with stern and incomprehensible error messages in a lurid shade of red that are too tiny for anyone over 25 to read.

(This article was originally published on Samsung Internet’s Medium channel. Since I do not believe Medium will survive in the long run I re-publish it here.)

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What is a web developer?

Permalink | in Web thinking

Last week I was the target of a good old-fashioned internet witch hunt when I dared to propose that you should be able to work without tools (frameworks, libraries, and so on) in order to be a web developer.

I’m not saying you should give up your tools and only work in raw CSS and JavaScript. Instead, I’m saying that you should be able to do so. That’s my definition of a web developer, and it’s what I fundamentally believe in and will stand up for — repeatedly, if necessary.

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CSS Day 2017; 15th and 16th of June, Amsterdam

Permalink | in CSS Day

It’s that time of year again; today we announced most of the line-up for our fifth annual CSS Day conference in Amsterdam — and we think it’s a wonderful one, though naturally we’re biased.

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Q3 Android WebView statistics

Permalink | in Market share

Once more Scientia Mobile sent me their Android WebView stats over the third quarter. I edited them slightly and put them online.

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Viewports research, part umpteen

Permalink | in Viewports

Three weeks ago I redid my mobile viewports tests for the umpteenth time, and today I give you my overview. There is some progress to report, but also a lot of changes.

Highlights:

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Going Samsung

Permalink | in External publications, Samsung

Just now Smashing Magazine published Introducing Samsung Internet, an article I wrote about Samsung’s Chromium 44-based default browser with the fairly unimaginative name. It also contains an interview with Samsung Internet engineer and W3C luminary Jungkee Song about the browser and the ideas behind it.

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Down with the tool fetish

Permalink | in Web thinking

Sometimes I read a paragraph that makes me wish I had written it. Last Monday that happened again: I became profoundly jealous when I read this:

We know libraries, in fact, we have the best libraries. Our libraries are huuuge

It’s the best part of a hilarious dialogue (that I also wish I’d written) between a newbie web developer who needs a simple REST/Ajax site and an “experienced” front-end engineer who patiently explains the insane amount of tooling this requires nowadays. Read it for yourself. It’s worth it. I’ll wait.

The dialogue pokes fun at what passes for modern web development; especially our infatuation with tools, and it succeeds admirably. The purpose of my post is not to react to the article itself, but to two other reactions I read.

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This is the blog of Peter-Paul Koch, mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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