Fast CSS: How Browsers Lay Out Web Pages (SXSW)

Hello there! I’m at SXSW (South By Southwest) 2012 this weekend, going to the interactive conference. Anyway, I tend to take copious notes when I go to talks. I thought they might be useful to a wider audience, so here you go. You can see other SXSW 2012 posts that I’ve made as well. Presenter: David Baron, Mozilla (@davidbaron) Slides: http://dbaron.org/talks SXSW Synopsis: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12909 Introduction I want to talk about the main pipeline from markup to graphics in web browsers: how they handle HTML and CSS, through this rendering path, to the screen. I will not talk about specific techniques or interaction with the network (resource loading).There’s better information about that out there. I’ll talk about how you can experiment for yourself to see what’s fast or slow, but I won’t talk about practical application. I can tell you about Gecko and Webkit, but we know nothing about Internet Explorer and Opera because they are not open source. We expect them to be reasonably similar, but it’s a guess. The core I’ll talk about is the pipeline from markup to graphics – html, svg, css – from being a file you get off the ntework, to being a tree represented …

The Potion for Motion: Interactive Interfaces / Apps (SXSW)

Hello there! I’m at SXSW (South By Southwest) 2012 this weekend, going to the interactive conference. Anyway, I tend to take copious notes when I go to talks. I thought they might be useful to a wider audience, so here you go. You can see other SXSW 2012 posts that I’ve made as well. The Potion for Motion: Interactive Interfaces / Apps Dan Simpkins – CEO of Hillcrest Labs SXSW Schedule Entry / Synopsis 2005, Hillcrest developed ‘Home’, the first TV interface for motion. Innovation is a good thing, but it can create confusion. Products that benefit from motion: smart tvs mobile devices game consoles set top boxes pc peripherals Motion sensors are becoming more commonplace. Every smartphone has an accelerometer, for example. Marketing has caused some confusion, so I’ll clear it up. What is motion? (Shows a photo of a man pointing.) Nautral motion, gesture, control knobs, pointing An equal number of you said this is a gesture, and an equal number said it is pointing. This is a key misperception. Motion is more than gestures. (Shows a photo of a woman running.) Not a gesture. Natural motion. (Shows Spock’s ‘V’ gesture.) A gesture. Motion is more than gesture. …

Binary Bitches: Keeping Open Source Open to Women (SXSW 2012)

Hi there! I’ll post a full synopsis of our panel here when it’s over. For now, we’ll use this blog post to share resources we know we’ll be bringing up during the panel. If you have any questions for us during or after the talk, feel free to post a comment. Update: Xanthe has posted a blog post on this talk. Please check it out: Simple steps for encouraging participation Why Are We Here? (From the SXSW Program) Open source communities pride themselves on the premise of egalitarian communication where every voice is valued, heard and documented. Despite this noble goal, this panel discusses how women and their communication style might nevertheless result in their marginalization or deter them from participating in open source communities in the first place. This dual presentation, moderated by a journalist, brings together two women with different perspectives and experiences working in open source communities. Together they will discuss how the marginalization of women in open source affects process and product outcomes, particularly with regard to design. We will also discuss strategies to improve participation in open source communities both from an industry and educational perspective. We look forward to starting a conversation about problems …

SXSW 2012: Design from the Gut: Dangerous or Differentiator?

Hello there! I’m at SXSW (South By Southwest) 2012 this weekend, going to the interactive conference. I’m also on a panel called Binary Bitches: Keeping Open Source Open to Women with RIT professor Andrea Hickerson and RIT design thinking lecturer Xanthe Matychak. If you are at SXSW and interested in free / open source software, you should drop by and say hi. 🙂 It’s tomorrow at 5. Anyway, I tend to take copious notes when I go to talks. I thought they might be useful to a wider audience, so here you go. Design from the Gut: Dangerous or Differentiator? Session Description: (From the SXSW 2012 schedule) The internet is a never-ending data source. Through it we are able to monitor visitor activity, study traffic patterns, and use these analytics to help guide users in the directions we want. Usability testing gives us behavioral information which can either affirm design decisions or inform necessary changes. Research and analytics go a long way in selling a creative direction to clients who are focused on engaging with their customers and in how marketing dollars will impact their bottom line. But what about a designer’s instinct—that moment when a designer just knows what …

Contributing to free & open source software as a designer

Next Sunday there’s going to be a FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 in Atlanta, GA. CHI is the annual conference on human-computer interaction’ [1] for ACM’s SIG CHI (Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction.) Michael Terry from the University of Waterloo and Paula Bach from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have organized this workshop for both folks in the academic HCI community and HCI folks from the open source community. It’s going to be an opportunity for folks from either or both groups to get together and to share knowledge and propose directions for research both to help inform HCI tools and to further the user experience in free/libre and open source software. My submission for the workshop was a 12-page case study [2] from my own experiences of being a designer in the Fedora community, on the Fedora Design Team. I wanted to post this before the workshop to get your feedback on it so I can bring it up during the workshop when I attend it next week! Let me know if there’s anything in there that’s wrong, anything that might have been forgotten, or honestly any other points at all you would like to see …

Contributing to free & open source software as a designer

Next Sunday there’s going to be a FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 in Atlanta, GA. CHI is the annual conference on human-computer interaction’ [1] for ACM’s SIG CHI (Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction.) Michael Terry from the University of Waterloo and Paula Bach from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have organized this workshop for both folks in the academic HCI community and HCI folks from the open source community. It’s going to be an opportunity for folks from either or both groups to get together and to share knowledge and propose directions for research both to help inform HCI tools and to further the user experience in free/libre and open source software. My submission for the workshop was a 12-page case study [2] from my own experiences of being a designer in the Fedora community, on the Fedora Design Team. I wanted to post this before the workshop to get your feedback on it so I can bring it up during the workshop when I attend it next week! Let me know if there’s anything in there that’s wrong, anything that might have been forgotten, or honestly any other points at all you would like to see …