This week the web design and development community rally in support of Ukraine, and there are many ways one can help. MDN has unveiled a new design, a new logo, and plans for a customized experience. Interop 2022 has been officially announced by all major parties involved.
In browser news, Chrome 99 and Edge 99 updates are rolling out to users, while Safari Technology Preview 141 brings a lot of fixes and improvements.
Last, but not least, Typescript 4.6 has been officially released. Other releases in this last interval are Gatsby v4.9, Node v17.6.0, Redux Toolkit v1.8.0, and more.
We All Are Ukraine
It's a sad reality that in the 21st century a European nation is being invaded. So what can we do to help people caught in this tragedy? Vitaly Friedman, the co-founder of Smashing Magazine, wrote a rallying article on all ways the community can provide support. On top of that, they are donating all the income from the sale of some of their products to support Ukraine.
A new year, a new MDN
MDN has just received a new look and logo that the community itself helped choose. Here are just a few of the changes that took place:
- the homepage has been redesigned with a focus on search, the community, and the contributors
- both light and dark modes are available
- article pages have been redesigned for better accessibility
Coming soon is MDN Plus, a subscription service that will allow you to customize your MDN experience.
Interop 2022 - the official announcements
I've mentioned Interop 2022 in the previous issue, as the continuation of the efforts to improve cross-browser compatibility. Meanwhile, the official announcements have been made and I collected them all for you to check.
- Goole Chrome: Interop 2022: browsers working together to improve the web for developers
- Mozilla: Announcing Interop 2022
- Apple: Working together on Interop 2022
- Microsoft Edge and Interop 2022
- Bocoup and Interop 2022
- Igalia and Interop 2022
The Chrome 99 update is rolling out now. It is the last of the two-digit versions and the main feature it brings is the support for CSS Cascade Layers.
Edge 99 is also rolling out. Their feature list is more focused though on the user experience, password management, and the upcoming shift to three digits in the user agent string.
Safari Technology Preview 141 brings a long list of changes and fixes, however, nothing stands out to me. Feel free to check out the release notes for more details.
Software updates and releases
- Gatsby v4.9 - build blazing fast, modern apps and websites with React
- Nest v8.4.0 - Node.js server-side framework
- Node v17.6.0
- Parcel CSS v1.4.0 - a CSS parser, transformer, and minifier written in Rust
- Playwright Test v1.19 - a framework for Web Testing and Automation
- React-Bootstrap v2.2.0 - Bootstrap components built with React
- Redux Toolkit v1.8.0 - the official toolset for Redux development
- zx 5.2.0 - a tool for writing better scripts
Wrapping things up
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