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26/05/2023

2023/05/26#p1

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Last year I linked to Tom Critchlow talking about increasing the surface area of blogging. I remarked:

"Creating a larger surface area allows for more scope, more references, more links, more connections – with some work and a bit of luck that leads to more ideas"

/start, /reader, on this day, it was all designed to make things more accessible to myself as much as to others. As I struggle to work out exactly what this is all for I think it can be a hinderance rather than help.

Removing the RSS feed from my micro.blog account has removed the only other means of distribution (beyond the RSS feed itself) and reduced the surface area of blogging. My overarching goal with my own CMS (and the WordPress theme before it) was simplicity – making it easier to post and manage. I achieved that but then made things more complicated with varying layers of presentation and obfuscation. Returning to that simpler ideal, I feel, is more likely to promote ideas. Rather than overthinking things I can just write and a reduced surface area takes away some of the self-inflicted pressure to 'build something'.

A blog doesn't have to be this complex thing, this great pronouncement, it should be primarily for the audience of one. Getting back to basics (for a while at least) can only be good for me.

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2023/05/26#p2

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Dave Rupert details the view-transition CSS pseudo-element as it applies to page transitions. It's, sadly, currently only available after enabling specific flags in Chromium based browsers v113 and above.

This is exactly what I envisioned when I wanted one page to transition to the next so hope this gets much wider adoption.

I've added basic transitions to the site but haven't yet found a way to detect if it is supported so that I can fall back to the page fade. Talking of which, I noticed that the beforeunload function I use wasn't working in Safari. It looks like support may be a bit janky but the alternative, pagehide is also not working. 🤷‍♂️ 1


  1. I've disabled the fade for now 

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