25 November 2014

Nigel Slater’s chickpea and chorizo stew

One of my favourite stews to make and it’s no longer on his website, fortunately I’d copied it and here it is mainly so I can read it when I need to.

7 November 2014

Let’s meet in the middle

I give to you my most recent side-project: Let’s meet in the middle.

It’s a simple web app to quickly and easily find a place to meet half-way between two locations. If you’re meeting a friend after work for a beer, or a client for a coffee, you can enter your location, their location and the method of transport and see places you could meet!

8 October 2014

Why don’t you use Bootstrap?

Context: I work for Forward Partners which is a catalyst for ecommerce startups. We provide a unique combination of funding and help from our hands-on experts – product, design, marketing, front and back-end development, talent and fundraising. I work predominantly with idea-stage businesses until they have achieved enough growth to start hiring their own team.


Start-ups often use ready-made frameworks and tools in order to get an idea from concept to production in the quickest and most efficient way they can, such as Ruby on Rails, jQuery and Bootstrap. I’ll be explaining why I choose not to use Bootstrap when creating websites for our early/idea-stage businesses.

3 October 2014

Content equal to browser height & centered

15 October 2014: updated to include feedback from comments.

A current design pattern on some scroll-hijacking sites is to have each section as tall as the browser window so you see that content without distraction before moving onto the next.

This is a demo of content equal to browser height using CSS with a fall-back coffeescript solution for browsers that don’t understand css transforms. It is also responds to any adjustment in height and width of the browser window.

29 September 2014

Correct use of tabindex

Definition of tabindex from w3.org:

This attribute specifies the position of the current element in the tabbing order for the current document. The tabbing order defines the order in which elements will receive focus when navigated by the user via the keyboard.

In general you shouldn’t need to explicitly set the tabindex of an element on a page, however there are a few exceptions to this

23 September 2014

Accessible HTML video as a background

Today I got a comment on Autoplay is bad for all users which asked:

So why does this high-traffic site designed by a former top-Google UX designer use it?

The comment has linked to a page which has video as a background element playing underneath the introduction text and call to action button, the images are moving but there is no sound on page load. At times this apparently important information is completely invisible.

Using video as a background is on the increase so it’s important to know how to make it accessible for everyone.

22 September 2014

Old web standards vs. new best practices

My professional life as a front-end developer started just before the Web Standards Project, everyone was working to make sure style was separated from content. It was drummed into me and I drummed it into you for many years, so it’s been difficult to forget.

19 September 2014

Autoprefixer – the write once works everywhere Gem

Are you bored of looking up which vendor-prefixes are still required for a particular rule on a particular day, or you want to remove the bloat that a catch-all mixin gives you? Then read on.

16 June 2014

Five ways with responsive tables

Recently I was uninspired by Bootstrap’s cop-out for responsive tables where they just add horizontal scrollbars for widths under 768px.

I’d come across a few ideas in the past and now I’m exploring them to give pros and cons for each solution.

13 June 2014

Five front-end links for Friday

A few links I found interesting this week.

13 May 2014

Highlight dates from selection to hover position

This would be useful on a calendar when selecting a range between two dates.

View the demo

9 May 2014

Recruiter email fails

I get a LOT of email from recruiters, this is a collection of the strangest:

Hedging their bets:

“We may or may not have spoken in the recent past.”