Jens Meiert


Jens O. Meiert on web development, adventure, philosophy, and arts. Mostly based on research and experience, sometimes not.

Google and HTML/CSS Code Quality

For much of Google’s life time there have been few Google web pages of high code quality. That had changed over the last years, but now there are regressions. On the rise and fall of Google’s websites.

October 21, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

CSS, DRY, and Code Optimization

Why we should minimize repetition in style sheets—perhaps through using declarations just once—, focus more on CSS optimization, and consider that avoiding problems is also a way of solving them.

October 9, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

On Declaration Sorting in CSS

I keep on seeing people advocate to sort declarations “by type.” And every time I wonder, why is this idea still going around? Type sorting is extraordinarily ineffective, for it’s extremely slow and consistently unreliable…

September 24, 2014, reflecting Jens the .


I’m quite fine with jumping from something trivial to something very serious, but not the other way around. So this post is intentionally left blank.

September 21, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

On Net Neutrality

We need net neutrality, and we need to insist on net neutrality. Everywhere, not just in the United States. Throttling internet access, or charging select content providers extra, much appears like a brazen combination of profiteering, extortion, and, effectively, censorship.

September 17, 2014, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

On Privacy

A few theses on a critical subject. The most important ones: One cannot be free without privacy, all living beings have a right for privacy, and we shall punish intentional violations of privacy.

September 15, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

On America

The United States have so far engaged in 71 wars in which they killed 13.8 million people; not counted are the World Wars they ended with nuclear strikes on the Japanese people. The U.S. have led 26 proxy wars in which they took 1.4 million lives…

September 9, 2014, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

How to Travel the World and Stay Healthy

For long travels, another key beside safety is health. And as my track record in this regard is flawless, essentially, I thought to share a few quick ideas on this, too.

September 8, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

How to Travel the World and Stay Safe

I’ve traveled for the last 13 months, with no end in sight, and have so far visited around 150 sites in 30 countries. I’ve stayed safe the entire time even though I didn’t lock myself up. Here are a few thoughts and tips.

September 3, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

HTML and Specifying Language

I question the importance and ways of marking up language in HTML documents, in particular changes in language. More specifically, I question the officially recommended practice of using the lang attribute to…

August 25, 2014, reflecting Jens the .

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Jens O. Meiert, photo of April 13, 2013.

Jens O. Meiert is an expert web developer who’s specialized in large-scale international websites (Google), who works on standards (W3C), and who writes for technical publishers (O’Reilly, Webdesign mit CSS).

Jens is an adventurer who tries every activity (100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer) and who’s an experienced traveler (since August 2013 on his second trip around the world).

Jens is a hobbyist philosopher who has studied more than 200 works about philosophy, psychology, social sciences, &c. And he’s a hobbyist artist who experiments with animated photography, technical curiosities, and performance art.

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