Optimizing web content for Reader Modes and Reading Apps

Sara Soueidan, thinking about the different ways we consume web content: The more I consume content in reading apps, the more I am reminded of the importance and the power of progressive enhancement as a strategy to create resilient and malleable experiences that work for everyone, regardless of how they choose to consume our content. …

HTML and CSS techniques to reduce your JavaScript

Anthony Ricaud, writing for the Web Performance Calendar, on the extra load that JavaScript can put on your site, and how you can replace some things with basic HTML and CSS: Relying on solutions provided natively by browsers enables you to benefit at low cost from the expertise of the community creating web standards. These …

Turbo: The speed of a single-page web application without having to write any JavaScript

From the folks at Basecamp comes Turbo: Turbo accelerates links and form submissions without requiring you to change your server-side generated HTML. It lets you carve up a page into independent frames, which can be lazy-loaded and operate as independent components. And finally, helps you make partial page updates using just HTML and a set …

Second-guessing the modern web

An article that’s been making rounds on Twitter today is Second-guessing the modern web: There is a sweet spot of React: in moderately interactive interfaces. Complex forms that require immediate feedback, UIs that need to move around and react instantly. That’s where it excels. But there’s a lot on either side of that sweet spot. …

N26 and the lack of JavaScript

Hugo Giraudel, engineer at N26: In the last few years, we have seen more and more ways to build highly interactive web applications relying almost exclusively on JavaScript. To the point where we almost wonder whether we forgot from where we come from. Not so long ago was a time was JavaScript was just sprinkled …

Smaller HTML Payloads with Service Workers

Philip Walton on how to progressively enhance your site by leveraging Service Workers to fetch partial HTML content and replace it in the DOM: On this site, after a user visits once and the service worker is installed, that user will never request a full HTML page again. Instead the service worker will intercept requests …

Move Fast & Don’t Break Things

Embedded above, but also available as a transcript, is Scott Jehl’s talk “Move Fast & Don’t Break Things” on how to keep your website performant. The talk starts of with Progressive Enhancement (of course!) and covers things such as Responsive Images, Native Lazy Loading of Images, font-display: swap;, Paint Metrics, etc. Move Fast & Don’t …

Unpoly – The unobtrusive JavaScript framework for server-side web applications

Unpoly is an unobtrusive Javascript framework for applications that render on the server. It allows your views to do things that are not normally possible in HTML, such as having links update only fragments of a page, or opening links in modal dialogs. Unpoly can give your server-side application fast and flexible frontends that feel …