WordCamp Birmingham (UK) 2015 happened last weekend, and seems to have been a great success for all concerned, putting the Birmingham WordPress community in, if you’ll excuse the pun, bullish mood. I certainly enjoyed myself. The event reignited my passion for WordPress and web-work in general, answering a few questions, confirming a few biases and giving me new energy and contacts. For anyone involved in WordPress, whether as a developer, designer, site manager or content creator, I would heartily recommend getting along to your nearest WordCamp. They tend to cater for all tastes and areas of this kind of work, and, as with most conferences and meet-ups, the most interesting conversations occur at the margins outside the programmed content.
But that’s another story. I thought here I’d gather all of the most relevant online stuff I can find from the event: slides of the talks, comments from myself on those talks I attended, comments and a sense of the buzz from others, as well as some of the photos available online. This will be a multi-part post, and in this one I’ll focus on day one.
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Another great article from A List Apart, this time on re-purposing old content. I found especially interesting the insight that the web has not yet adapted to slowing down, and ease of access leads to a lack of context for old content.
IN a new article on A List Apart, Håkon Wium Lie, the “father of CSS” and CTO of Opera explores how new devices “force us to rethink web design”, as scrolling gives way to app-like paged gestures, and figures will float in multi-column layouts, and to what extent this can be achieved in pure CSS.
While CSS figures and paged gestures are a little while off browser support yet, multi-column layouts are available now (vendor-prefixed), and Håkon gives an example.
New version of the ownCloud client
Back in April Jack of all trades Danimo blogged a tour of the ownCloud Client version 1.6, shortly after its beta release. Danimo emphasises a raft of “tremendous performance improvements”, and mentions a switch from Qt 4 to Qt 5 for Windows and Mac OS X (and calls for leads to help achieve this for Linux too). The team “also implemented an item that was on many peoples wish list: a concise sync log“. Version 1.6 was released on 2nd June.
OwnDrop: an alternative ownCloud client
Private one-click uploader for ownCloud, built on and for Mac OS X.
ownCloud version 6.0.4 imminent
Version 6.0.3 of ownCloud was released at the end of April: the changelog includes “performance improvements by reducing the number of chmod operations”, “don´t allow creating a “Shared” folder” and “Documents improvements and fixes”.
Version 6.0.4 is due for release imminently!
ownCloud 7 gets alpha release
Following the feature freeze on ownCloud 7 development, the alpha (testing) version was released on June 11
Modern CSS opens up new possibilities for designing animated web user-interfaces, with the
@keyframes rule and css
A List Apart recently published UI Animation and UX: A Not-So-Secret Friendship, outlining good design patterns for using animation, and includes a number of useful links for further reading, including information on the performance cost to the browser of these new-ish features. .
About yourself in 160 characters or less
A Twitter Bio shows up in the header of a Profile view, and would be encountered, alongside name and avatar, when browsing a list of Twitterati; both placements make them key for conversion.
In crafting a Twitter Bio users can enter any text, including hypertext. This leaves many choices of content, tone, link strategy and so on: straightforward, ironic, informative, inspirational, cryptic, humourous or even empty, which do you need?
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