In this issue, we encounter Baseline (and many other announcements from Google I/O 2023). Netflify is launching the yearly issue of the Web Developer Survey. In Browser News, we have the releases of Safari 16.5 and Safari Technology Preview 170. On the Release Radar, we have Dart 3, jQuery 3.7.0, Next.js 13.4, Qwik v1.0, and more. Last but not least, we got a large collection of devtool utilities, a variable font, and other useful resources.
Introducing Baseline, the new unified view of stable web features
Baseline is one of the announcements of Google I/O 2023. This project follows the path opened by Interop 2022 and 2023 and continues the cooperation between the major browser vendors.
This initiative aims to provide an easy-to-use reference to whether any feature of the web platform is supported or not by current browsers. You no longer need to reference a list of browser versions to support, but instead, target a set of features that are included in the current iteration of the project.
- Introducing Baseline
- Smashing Podcast Episode 61 With Rachel Andrew: What Is Web Platform Baseline?
- Introducing Baseline: a unified view of stable web features
- Baseline features you can use today
Google I/O 2023 updates
The 2023 edition of Google I/O brought more than Baseline (the list of announcements has more than 100 items). The DevRel team highlighted 10 of these updates, including WebGPU, WebAssembly, Passkeys, the Privacy Sandbox, and more.
There is another list with 20 entries, regarding the updates to CSS and UI that have landed in Chrome over the last 12 months. This includes container and style queries, support for the
:has() selector, CSS native nesting, Cascade Layers, and a lot more.
The 2023 Web Development Survey
Netlify invites developers everywhere to participate in the 2023 edition of their survey.
💻 Browser news
Safari 16.5 is now available. Unlike the previous update, this one is focused on polishing the existing features and fixing many of the bugs existing on the platform.
It doesn't mean there are no new shiny things though. This version brings support to native CSS nesting and for the
On a related note, Safari Technology Preview 170 also brings lots of patches and fixes:
📡 The Release Radar
- Astro 2.5 - The all-in-one web framework designed for speed
- Dart 3 - a client-optimized language for fast apps on any platform
- Faast.js v8.0.0 - Serverless batch computing made simple
- Gatsby v5.10 - Build modern websites with React
- Glint 1.0 - TypeScript powered tooling for Glimmer templates
- Next.js 13.4 - The React Framework
- PrimeReact 9.4.0 - The Most Complete React UI Component Library
- Qwik v1.0 - Build instantly-interactive web apps without effort
- Redwood v5.0.0 - The App Framework for Startups
🛠️ Front End Resources
- DevTools Tips - Discover helpful cross-browser DevTools tips and tricks
- FancySymbol - Fancy Text & Cool Emojis
- Fixel - a variable typeface with a human touch
- HTML CheatSheet - The best interactive cheat sheet
- The Contrast Triangle - A three-way color contrast checker for when you remove underlines from links
There's more where that came from. Explore the rest of the Front End Resource collection.
Wrapping things up
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