It’s only one week left until our trip to Thailand with the whole family. Things are prepared and I feel pretty ready and even quite relaxed, which is a bit unexpected given the fact that traveling with kids always comes with its challenges and adventures. Also, as if life decided to not make it too easy for us, the labor union of Swiss’ pilots are threatening to strike, starting exactly the day of our flight, if they cannot find an agreement this weekend. Fingers are crossed 🤞
Apart from work, I was playing around with Stable Diffusion and some other AI-tools to generate images and was quite impressed with what’s possible already. Might write a blogpost about it, if I find some time.
Now, on to some of the things I found read-worthy during the last days.
🔥 Progressive Enhancement FTW
Jenna Smith talks about how progressive enhancement was just the norm, back when browsers sucked. How and why this slowly changed. And why it is – or should still be – important to everything we build on the web today.
Another useful font resource, with fonts that are free for commercial and personal use. Check out the pairs section, to find fonts that work together nicely.
🏹 Input Slingshot Firework
This slingshot-style input firework made me smile.
🤗 Theme Update Headers in WordPress 6.1
This is a nice addition for custom themes. Previously, if you had a theme with a slug that matched another theme within the official wordpress.org repository, it would show updates to it and then possibly overwrite your installed theme. With the upcoming 6.1 release, you can define a Theme Update URI Header in your themes’ style.css to prevent this from happening – or even introduce your own update procedures, as I understand it. It works exactly the same way as the same header for plugins, which was introduced in WordPress 5.8 a while back. Good news.
🔥 WordPress 6.1 Field Guide
WordPress 6.1, which is scheduled to come out November 1st, is packed with very interesting features and enhancements. The field guide gives a great overview of what’s coming.
🤓 WordPress.org Support Ressources
I just stumbled upon this github repo with some great ressources for WordPress.org Supporters. It features a collection of questions, bugs and changes that came up frequently, sorted by version. Also, there are some userscripts (didn’t even know that this is possible) which you can install(?) on WordPress.org support forums to give you a set of often used answers. Definitely something to check out, if you do support on WP.org.
🔎 Google Search Essentials
Google updated their guide on search essentials (formerly Google Webmaster Guidelines). If you want to learn more about SEO basics, this is a good start.
Other / Random
These two videos of Tatiana Erukhimova, a russian-american physics and science teacher, landed in twitter feed and I really liked her hands-on style.
Made me wonder if my school career would have looked different if I would have had a single teacher with her enthusiasm.
✌️ Have a good week everyone!