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Experiments, investigations, and tests of web things
January 15, 2013

Clearing LinkedIn’s link sharing preview cache

When sharing a link on LinkedIn a preview is generated. This preview uses data from your webpage (Open Graph metadata if present). Sometimes you want to optimise this text, so you test the page first.

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November 5, 2012

Page visibility: pause when your web page isn’t visible

The Page Visibility API is a way for you to (programatically) ask the browser whether your webpage is currently visible or not. Running scripts, videos, refreshes, etc when your webpage is minimised or open in a tab that’s not being viewed is a waste of CPU.

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April 10, 2012

Measuring page load time in IE8, Opera and Safari

The W3C navigation timing API which makes available lots of lovely page performance metrics. The API has been implemented in Chrome 6, Firefox 7 and Internet Explorer 9 (and all subsequent versions of course). It’s even made it into the Android browser for Ice Cream Sandwich.

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September 21, 2011

Facebook news feed changes: Tested and researched?

I’d love to see the research and testing that went into Facebook’s latest changes to the news feed. I’m making the presumption here that they *have* researched and *have* tested it before launch.

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July 5, 2011

Google+ breaks OpenID

For a few websites I’ve used my Google Profile URL as a OpenID identifier – allowing me to log in using my Google Account. That identifier changes format when you sign up for Google Plus. Google hasn’t managed the change of URL correctly and it stops you from logging in.

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March 9, 2011

Retrieving mobile numbers via Lotus Connections API

I’ve been baffled for several months as to why you couldn’t get at the mobile number via the Lotus Connections ATOM API – only the “work” telephone number.

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