Realtime Face and Hand Tracking in the browser with TensorFlow

The MediaPipe and Tensorflow.js teams have released facemesh and handpose: The facemesh package infers approximate 3D facial surface geometry from an image or video stream, requiring only a single camera input without the need for a depth sensor. This geometry locates features such as the eyes, nose, and lips within the face, including details such […]

Craft.js – A React framework for building drag-n-drop page editors.

Page editors are a great way to provide an excellent user experience. However, to build one is often a pretty dreadful task. Craft.js solves this problem by modularising the building blocks of a page editor. It provides a drag-n-drop system and handles the way user components should be rendered, updated and moved – among other […]

Performance Budgets for those who don’t know where to start

Harry Roberts on how to set a Performance Budgets if you really don’t have a clue where to start: Time and again I hear clients discussing their performance budgets in terms of goals: “We’re aiming toward a budget of 250KB uncompressed JavaScript; we hope to be interactive in 2.75s”. While it’s absolutely vital that these […]

Making a Better Custom Select Element

24ways – the advent calendar for web geeks – is back! First post is “Making a Better Custom Select Element” in which Julie Grundy tries to create an accessible Custom Select Element: Sometimes, I can’t recommend the select input. We want a way for someone to choose an item from a list of options, but […]

JSONbox – Free HTTP based JSON Storage

jsonbox.io lets you store, read & modify JSON data over HTTP APIs for free. Copy the URL below and start sending HTTP requests to play around with your data store. Oh, this will come in handy for Workshops and quick Proof Of Concepts: curl -X POST ‘https://jsonbox.io/demobox_6d9e326c183fde7b’ \ -H ‘content-type: application/json’ \ -d ‘{“name”: “Jon […]

Visually Search using your Phone’s Camera with The Web Perception Toolkit

The Web Perception Toolkit is an open-source library that provides the tools for you to add visual search to your website. The toolkit works by taking a stream from the device camera, and passing it through a set of detectors. Any markers or targets that are identified by the detectors are mapped to structured data […]

Implementing Dark Mode on adactio.com

Jeremy recently implemented “Dark Mode” on his site. Tanks to CSS Custom Properties the implementation is pretty straightforward (also see my writeup here). But of course, Jeremy added some extra details that make the difference: In Dark Mode images are toned down to make ‘m blend in better, as detailed by Melanie Richards: @media (prefers-color-scheme: […]

Simple Scroll Snapping Carousel (Flexbox Layout / Grid Layout)

Here are two small scroll-snapping carousels that I made. In the top one the items are laid out using CSS Flexbox, whereas the second one uses CSS Grid. The code also works fine with arbitrarily sized .scroll-items elements, they don’t need to have the same width. ℹ️ Want to now more about scroll snapping? Check […]

Idiosyncrasies of the HTML parser

Highly interesting book (in the making) by Simon Pieters, on how HTML parsers work: The HTML parser is a piece of software that processes HTML markup and produces an in-memory tree representation (known as the DOM). The HTML parser has many strange behaviors. This book will highlight the ins and outs of the HTML parser, […]