Tag Archive for ‘Open Web’

Introducing the fediverse:creator Tag ➝

Eugen Rochko:

To reinforce and encourage Mastodon as the go-to place for journalism, we’re launching a new feature today. You will notice that underneath some links shared on Mastodon, the author byline can be clicked to open the author’s associated fediverse account, right in the app. […]

The support for this tag is currently rolled out on mastodon.social and any other server that uses a recent Mastodon nightly release, but the feature will only show up for links to moderator-approved websites. In the future we would like to make the feature available to all without a manual review process.

I’ve implemented this here on Initial Charge. I have no idea if the site is moderator approved on mastodon.social or any other instance where the feature is available. But if you happen to see it in the wild, let me know if it’s working properly.

➝ Source: blog.joinmastodon.org

Ladybird, a Truly Independent Web Browser ➝

From the project’s homepage:

Ladybird is a brand-new browser & web engine. Driven by a web standards first approach, Ladybird aims to render the modern web with good performance, stability and security.

From its humble beginnings as an HTML viewer for the SerenityOS hobby operating system project, Ladybird has since grown into a cross-platform browser supporting Linux, macOS, and other Unix-like systems.

Ladybird is currently in heavy development. We are targeting a first Alpha release for early adopters in 2026.

I hope this project becomes wildly successful.

➝ Source: ladybird.org

Launching as a Progressive Web App ➝

David Heinemeier Hansson:

It’s not a new concept. Google and Microsoft have been trying to push PWAs for years and years, since they both have a strategic interest in the web and avoiding platform lock-in (i.e. dealing with iOS exclusives). But it all remained a bit niche, because the biggest player in native, Apple, wasn’t playing ball.

That finally changed this year. In macOS Sonoma, Safari gained Add to Dock. In iOS and iPadOS 16.4, Safari gained two crucial features: Badge Counting and Web Push Notifications.

The “sweet solution” is actually pretty sweet now. I’m not convinced it will happen because native apps have so much inertia, but I’d love to see apps and services launch as progressive web apps rather than as native apps. If only because you can bypass the gatekeeper and remind everyone how cool the open web can be.

➝ Source: world.hey.com

Brave’s Statement on Web Environment Integrity ➝

As far as I could tell, Mozilla hasn’t made a statement about this at all. Perhaps their reliance on Google for funding has a much larger influence on the direction of Firefox than Brave’s use of Chromium does.

➝ Source: brave.com

Web Push Notifications Coming to Safari for iOS in 2023 ➝

From the Safari section of Apple’s iOS 16 Preview page:

Adds support for opt‑in notifications on iOS. Coming in 2023.

As much as I hate being prompted to enable notifications for web pages, this is probably the biggest feature that sets native apps apart from web apps from a practical standpoint. The introduction of this feature will give developers a much more realistic alternative to the App Store.

And that’s not just about avoiding the pitfalls of Apple’s app review process, this could also help startups streamline their development by targeting the web first, giving users a pretty solid experience on iOS, Android, and the desktop before they start working on native apps for each platform.

➝ Source: apple.com

IndieWebify.Me ➝

I recently did a bit of tinkering with my homepage, mdrockwell.net, which is built on LittleLink. I added my Last.fm profile and generally did a bit of tidying to reduce the number of requests when loading the page.

Along the way, I was reminded of IndieWebify.Me and decided to implement some h-card markup as well. This service lets you validate your markup and makes recommendations of additional tags to add. If you’re looking to add support for microformats2, this is such a great resource.

➝ Source: indiewebify.me

DuckDuckGo Removes Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL From Its Search Results ➝

Ernesto Van der Sar, writing for TorrentFreak:

Privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo has completely removed the search results for many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x, and Fmovies. Several YouTube ripping services have disappeared, too and even the homepage of the open-source software youtube-mp3 is unfindable.


Update 3/18/22: A spokesperson for DuckDuckGo, speaking with BetaNews:

After looking into this, our records indicate that YouTube-dl and The Pirate Bay were never removed from our search results when you searched for them directly by name or URL, which the vast majority of people do (it’s rare for people to use site operators or query operators in general). Most everyone searching for these sites were finding them without interruption.

We are having issues with our site: operator, and not just for these sites, but now at least the official site should be coming up for them when you use the site: operator for them. Some of the other sites routinely change domain names and have spotty availability, and so naturally come in and out of the index, but should be available as of now.

I originally wrote this on Friday and couldn’t get results from youtube-dl’s website or The Pirate Bay, regardless of whether I used the site: operator. I’m able to get results from both of them now. Perhaps this was simply a temporary issue without any intent to remove the aforementioned sites or maybe this is just a convenient excuse after they saw a bit of backlash from the removal.

➝ Source: torrentfreak.com

Mastodon 3.5 Includes Post Editing and Explore Page ➝

Eugen Rochko:

We’ve added one of the most requested functions among our competitors, the ability to edit posts. Since older Mastodon versions would not understand the edits, the function is disabled in the web app until more Mastodon servers upgrade to 3.5, but all parts are already included in the release. The original and previous versions of the posts are saved and remain accessible through a history view. And people who have previously shared the post get notified about any edits, so they can un-share if there’s foul play.

I’m skeptical. I don’t know if this will actually be a net positive change long term. But it seems to be a logical approach, so I’ll reserve judgement until it’s actually enabled on most instances for a while.

Another addition is the Explore page, which will list trending links, hashtags, and recommended users. It doesn’t seem to be very useful on small instances — the tab listing recommended users is the only one that isn’t empty at the moment. But it looks like it will be a great tool for discoverability on larger instances.

➝ Source: blog.joinmastodon.org