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Jeremy Keith 24 Ways

Mistletoe offline

Jeremy Keith starts off his 24 Ways article by reminding us of Murphy’s Law. What does this have to do with the web you may ask?

A service worker is a Murphy-battling technology that you can inject into a visitor’s device from your website. Once it’s installed, it can intercept any requests made to your domain. If anything goes wrong with a request—as is inevitable—you can provide instructions for the browser. That’s your opportunity to turn those server outage frowns upside down. Take those network connection lemons and make network connection lemonade.

Just as we design 404 pages, designing a pleasant offline experience is important.

Jeremy Keith A List Apart

Going offline

Jeremy Keith in an excerpt from his new book Going Offline on A List Apart:

The internet is a network of networks, all of them agreeing to use the same protocols to shuttle packets of data around. Those packets are transmitted down fiber-optic cables across the ocean floor, bounced around with Wi-Fi or radio signals, or beamed from satellites in freakin’ space.

As long as these networks are working, the web is working. But sometimes networks go bad…

When the network fails, the web fails. That’s just the way it is, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Until now.

I’m really excited to see Jeremy Keith write a whole book on service workers. I’ve dabbled a bit here and there, but now that support for them continues to grow, I’m excited to dive in.

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