Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

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"Tech­no­logie­plausch­erl" at Netural

On Thursday we held the "Technologieplauscherl" at Netural for the first time. The "Plauscherl" (which translates to technology talk, but is unrelated to my beloved F.E.T.T.) is some sort of short evening barcamp held by the local dev community of Linz in different locations, mostly offices from attending persons. In its eight edition it had the unique topic "books", which was also a first for the group, I guess. The goal was: Present a book and give a short review.

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Preventing FOUT in IE9

FOUT is an abbrevation for flash of unstyled text (or type) and is one of those really nasty bits in modern frontend development. Summarized it means that if you use webfonts it might happen that you first see your text displayed in a fallback font until the downloadble webfont is loaded, parsed and inserted. Remy Sharp and Paul Irish did a lot of research on that topic more than three years ago.

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Remake, Remodel.

Let's face it: ModX -- even with the Articles Plugin -- isn't suitable for fast blogging. At least not in the way I need it. So I switched back to Wordpress. Setting the whole thing up from scratch. So there will be some changes in the next days/weeks/months.

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Forcing browsers to print all pages in grayscale

With Chrome 18 CSS3 filters are finally implemented and you can do amazing stuff with them. One thing we tried and which we found rather useful than fancy is to force Chrome printing all content on your website in grayscale.

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Of mice and touches

Unbelievable, but true: Imagine you bought a new Windows Phone 7 (e.g. Nokia Lumia or Samsung Omnia) with "Mango" on it and try to get your mobile web app running, you will be really surprised when finding out, that there's no touch event available.

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Robust (but hacky) way of portrait / land­scape detection

On mobile devices it's pretty easy (and in some cases also pretty cool) to change the look of your website respectively to the orientation of your device with media queries. However, sometimes the orientation does not only affect your layout, but also the routines of your Javascript.

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HTML5 Audio on mobile devices

HTML5 Audio on desktop browsers is a mess. But you haven't experienced true pain and suffering until you try to get HTML5 audio done on mobile devices. This article is a follow-up to my talk at the Barcamp in Salzburg in March and was inspired by Chris Heilmans tweets on that topic a few days ago.

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