069: With Mike Taylor


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This week we were joined by Mike Taylor, a whitespace strategist from Opera. We talked about (roughly in order):


  • 6:37 The W3C added EME Spec (aka DRM for video)

Q & A

  • 19:24 Percentages seem to render different in Opera, what’s the deal? Should I use media queries instead?
  • 23:42 Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to change the default page scroll behavior (for a horizontal scrolling site)?
  • 30:56 Handling fonts (in silk)
  • 37:04 How would you explain javascript closures to a 6 year old, and how do you use them?
  • 46:42 Caching files with .htaccess: what happens when you have files that change frequently?
  • 52:14 How to test post requests from third parties locally?


  • 28:45 Squarespace – Super nice looking websites (new templates!) that you can create right from the browser. Plus, very advanced developer tools. Head over to Squarespace and start your free trial, and use coupon code “shoptalk4” when you order.
  • 48:53 Environments for Humans – The CSS Summit is an online conference focused totally on CSS July 23–25. Three full days of training, advanced topics, and preprocessors. Coupon code SHOPTALK is good for 20% off.

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