This Thursday and Friday I went to Paris to attend the dotCSS and dotJS conferences. As I went all alone, I was a bit nervous about the trip (and about how to behave in such a big intimidating group of talented people). Turned out, the organizers did an excellent job at making a giant crowd feel like a cozy get-together. Even the stage looked like a homely jungle-themed living room. I had an amazing two days: I learned a lot, admired the stylish city (and citizens) of Paris and talked to a bunch of nice and like-minded people. And on top of that, I felt that I had pushed some personal boundaries.
Laurence Penney demoed the future of (web) fonts with his own Axis Praxis tool. Long story short: version 1.8 of the OpenType spec features a very smart way to enable font features like x-height, font weight or italic to be set dynamically. This results in much smaller file sizes and opens yet another world of web typography possibilities. Best of all, even a simple website with only three font variations can benefit from this.
Who thought of developers as boring people, think again. In his talk, Feross Aboukhadijeh unveiled in a hilarious way his holy quest to make the most annoying website possible with today’s browser technology. You should definitely check it out for yourself or read more about it on his blog .
Both Marcy Sutton and Suz Hinton talked about accessibility on the web. Suz showed how we can use new technologies like Machine Learning and AI to improve accessibility on almost any website. Marcy, on the other hand, pointed out that making your web projects accessible doesn’t have to be hard and that it’s often a question of caring. If accessibility only matters to you when it’s personal, make it personal. Consciously trying to understand and anticipate to people’s needs is more than an afterthought, it can change both peoples lives and your sales numbers.
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My last two days at dotCSS and dotJS conference exceeded my expectations. I learned lots of new things, met passionate people and hope to be back next year. Merci à tous!