Weeknotes 23:29

September 11, 2023

Week of September 3–9

The State of CSS 2023 survey results

Back in July, I participated in The State of CSS 2023 survey. The results from the survey were recently released. I briefly looked through the results on my own earlier in the week. I watched two different videos that took a look at the results. The first video included several of the people involved with the survey.

The State of CSS 2023 Party: Results, Predictions & More! (YouTube)

Is Tailwind Taking Over CSS? (and some other insights) (Kevin Powell on results of The State of CSS 2023 survey)

There was not anything particularly surprising to me. I enjoyed watching these videos and hearing the insights from the group and from Kevin. I learned a lot from what they observed. I was impressed with all the different ways you can view the data and create custom data views. Kudos to Sacha and his team.

The loss of a Web pioneer

Wednesday came with news of the death of Molly E. Holzschlag. She was a tireless advocate for the open Web and for accessibility. She fought hard for Web standards and had a huge personality.

I was aware of Molly but did not follow her or actively read the things she wrote. I mostly saw what others said about her on Twitter. I did hear her speak once at the UI 10 Conference in Boston in 2005. Her influence was more indirect on me but I am guessing it is pretty significant.

Many times over the course of the week, I thought about what I wanted to write about her. She played such a huge role in shaping the industry that I have worked in over the past two decades and I wanted to honor her. I finally made some space on Sunday and wrote my thoughts. Thank you, Molly.


I recently started using Splide for slider/carousel solutions. I learned of it through the WordPress Block Creator Course that I have been working through. What attracted me to using it seemed to handle accessibility better than some other solutions that I have used in the past.

I wish that the documentation was a little more thorough and included more examples. I find that many JavaScript solutions assume too much and don’t spell it out. I was having a bit of trouble on Thursday figuring out how to pause the autoplay of my testimonial slider when the user played a video on a modal. I was finally able to figure out a solution. However, the documentation did not help me as much as I would have liked.

Overall, I am pretty happy with it so far and I like that it gets the ARIA stuff right and I don’t receive a lot of errors when testing with Lighthouse. I plan to continue to use Splide in my upcoming projects.

Articles I read

On The Athletic

What I watched

Why We Need Aragorn’s Example of Masculinity (YouTube)

These CSS best practices might be holding you back (Kevin Powell)

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (Digital copy) – I love the Lord of the Rings and it was time to start rewatching it. A three-day weekend was a great time to start.
  • Chiefs vs. Lions (NBC) – Not the result I was hoping for.
  • Star Wars: Rebels (Disney+)
  • Ashoka (Disney+)
  • X-Files (Comet)
  • America’s Got Talent (NBC)
  • The Chef Show (Netflix)
  • American Pickers (Defy)
  • Miss Congeniality (Netflix)
  • Untold: Hall of Shame (Netflix) – Documentary about BALCO and steroids in sports in the 90s.
  • Remember the Titans (Disney+)

Books I am reading

What I played

MLB The Show 23 (Rays) – I went 3-3 this week (5 of the games were on the road). I recovered from two losses at Fenway to win the final two games and come away with a split from a series with the RedSox.

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