FastClick is handy: FastClick is a simple, easy-to-use library for eliminating the 300ms delay between a physical tap and the firing of a click event on mobile browsers. The aim is to make your application feel less laggy and more responsive while avoiding any interference with your current logic.            

Unicode Escape Formats

The escape syntax for Unicode characters in every language, format and notation I’ve ever seen, and quite a few beyond. Handy.


TwitterKeys is a nifty bookmarklet that let’s you insert emoticons from a pick list, as long as the target supports UTF-8. Twitter does, though this tool has nothing to do with Twitter per-se. I ♥ TwitterKeys™ so ♛ and mate☺ For those who prefer the browser to Windows’ Character Map (charmap.exe) tool.


Scott Hanselman’s 2009 Tool List

Excellent round up of utilities, web sites and more for developers and power users. Only thing he missed is TSE 🙂



Finally! A real solution to end the need for external ‘URL shortener’ services: I’ve had a beef with URL shorteners for a long while now for reasons that have been covered ad nauseam (not the least of which being that in addition to adding significant overhead [] – typically hundreds of milliseconds per request -…


HTML 5 Scraps Required Codec(s)

HTML requires the <IMG> tag; it doesn’t dictate requied media types. HTML 5 defines the <VIDEO> tag, but doesn’t dictate required codecs. Now. Sure, it would have been nice, but there’s nothing close to a compatible codec everyone could agree on – H.264’s licensing is an issue for some, and Theora’s lack of hardware support/acceleration…


XHTML 2 Cancelled

The charter for the XHTML2 Working Group — set to expire on December 31st, 2009 and will not be renewed. Hurray! I was never much of a fan of XHTML. HTML was hugely successfully because it was rather loose in what it accepts. Very approachable and modestly forgiving. XHTML was an XML purists delight, but…