Have you ever gone on a Wikipedia expedition, trying to learn everything you can about a certain subject? I know I have.
Props to this guy for finding a way to turn his hunger for knowledge into something usable.
I concur. If he gets the resources and time necessary why shouldn't he make his idea come as close to perfection as he can and want?
I'm happy for him that he does get the time and resources to do what he pleases but as soon as you throw something boring as "business value" into the discussion, he might want to use his time on a task that's more... palpable.
I bet, as Ev manages Medium, he touched "business values" from time to time in the past.
I can't tell if I should be appalled or amazed they spent so much time on that detail.
Probably a bit of both. Good read!
Yes details matter, but this is overkill on such a detail that actually isn't one that adds up to affect the entire experience of Medium.
This is just... TOO MUCH
Typography on the web has been largely ignored, as browser manufacturers have found other features more compelling than implementing ways to control typographic details that most people wouldn't notice.
I think it's cool this guy (and Medium) have time to refine typography on the web with what tools they have. By spending time and labor on things like this they're placing a bet these little details matter. I for one hope they win that bet and their attention to typographic detail pays off.
i liked it better before.
This is incredible. Way too much time spent on this, but it is discussions like these that lead to better CSS specifications.
I too would love to see more CSS control over how underlines work. I've been trying to get custom underlines working on my site and spent a whole evening to just get my links to look like this.
403 on that link, cowboy.
Oops. Link has been fixed: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pwai95qjh9fhevx/Screenshot%202014-03-19%2013.26.52.png
I'm a fan of that. Since the underline sits under the text, I'm guessing this was not as simple as using a border?
It is a linear-gradient. If you want to check it out, this is the most recent draft of it: http://alecmolloy.com/v4/
It is very very very unfinished. So please hold your judgement :)
Surprisingly good read!