‘Sans Style’ and goodbye 🦤

Sans Style

I’ve written about lesser-known semantic HTML elements that web developers should be using and how HTML can be used to create structured data-like content patterns. Still, I’ve never highlighted the minimalist genius of modern HTML regarding style and function. Several HTML elements render with styles and interactivity without using CSS or JavaScript. I’ve created a site that showcases them at sans.style. I hope that it will delight you to learn about it and inspire you only to add the CSS you need versus using bloated code libraries with CSS and JS your site will likely never utilize.

Screenshot of Sans Style site with HTML elements rendered
Screenshot of Sans Style site with rendered HTML elements minus CSS and JavaScript

Goodbye Twitter

I left Twitter for good this past week.

I’ve had a decade-long interest in decentralized social media, and I’ve known the closed platforms weren’t good for me for quite some time. Their algorithms are designed to record my actions and learn my interests so that they can serve content I’ll engage with and ads I’ll be more likely to click. Besides giving up my data privacy, I also give up my ability to see more posts from people I follow that don’t make the algorithm’s cut and, more importantly, my mental health. I quit and deleted my Meta accounts (Facebook and Instagram) a couple of years ago, and my mental health improved. Since leaving Twitter, guess what? My mental health and how I spend my time have improved.

All of that leads me to Mastodon. It’s different, and sometimes it’s rather weird. And when I first joined, it felt a lot like when I joined Twitter. I was asking the same questions and felt similarly lost. But as I stuck with it, I started to get it. More importantly, it became fun and reminded me a lot of the early web. The early web was an open web full of people instead of closed platforms run by corporations full of ads. It was a web where you could explore and meet people with interests and hobbies you didn’t even know existed. A web of diverse people with that you may not have anything in common aside from your shared humanity and hope for a better world. It sounds sappy, I know. But that’s how I feel when I’m on Mastodon.

If any of that interests you, I wrote an article on how to leave Twitter and switch to Mastodon. Also, you can find me on Mastodon at henshaw.social/@jon.