Jens Meiert


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

5 Questions Web Developers Always Need Answers For

In web development, just as in other fields, it can easily appear as if there are clear-cut solutions for everything. That’s at least the case for many of us neurotic perfectionists, as our world is built on clear-cut solutions. Alas, there aren’t always, and here are five general questions to consider.

¶ April 9, 2014, written by Jens the ; 2 comments.

The 6 Most Useful Books I’ve Read

I love reading, and over time I’ve been lucky to read many useful, and then a handful quite extraordinary books. Here I like to share my non-fiction favorites: The Nature of Personal Reality, Getting More, Public Opinion, and three (3!) more.

¶ April 1, 2014, written by Jens the , or perhaps ; 0 comments.

On Links and Accessibility

Hyperlinks and the underlying ubiquitous <a> elements are what make the Web. Just a few weeks back, Christian Heilmann wrote a little about why and how links are important; here it’s about accessibility aspects.

¶ March 6, 2014, written by Jens the ; 0 comments.

CSS: When to Use Generated Content

Generated content means a special option in CSS to embed content in documents. It’s achieved through the content property. Fast forward, generated content should only be used for non-critical content; there it can be a very sharp instrument.

¶ February 24, 2014, written by Jens the ; 0 comments.

Everyday Adventures: Cost, Fun, and Risk Ratings

“100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer” contains one hundred activities that I share my experience with, but that I also rate in terms of cost, fun, and risk. However, the book doesn’t make it very easy to rank and compare the different activities. There’s now a chance to poke at the data…

¶ February 18, 2014, written by Jens the ; 0 comments.

Lessons from Writing a Dream Journal

I love dreaming. I love dreams. Dreams are fascinating. I’ve learned that dreams are realities just as real as this one, physical reality. I’ve learned that much when it comes to dream memory depends on one’s own beliefs with respect to dreaming…

¶ February 14, 2014, written by Jens the , or perhaps ; 3 comments.

A Word on Contemporary Web Design

These days, and as juror for Design Made in Germany I see a lot of websites, many a designer knows how to make a page appear spacious, even grandiose. Alas, as many appear to have forgotten how to use space effectively…

¶ February 5, 2014, written by Jens the , or perhaps ; 5 comments.

HTML Explained in 123 Tweets: The Google #htmltuesday Archive

Did you know that Google’s Webmaster Team tweeted short statements about all HTML elements, every week, for two and a half years? It was called “#htmltuesday” and ran from 2011 to 2013. All of these tweets are now available in one place: here.

¶ January 21, 2014, written by Jens the ; 0 comments.

How to Just Quit and Travel the World

A couple of months ago I quit at Google and left the United States to travel the world. I thought it might be interesting to share a bit about how to do something like this, calling it quits and heading out there, with no set itinerary whatsoever.

¶ January 7, 2014, written by Jens the ; 2 comments.

On Personal Worth

There is no such thing as worth when it comes to life. No person is worth more than another, and no animal is worth more than another. Even if we were to put a value on a being: How could worth ever work…

¶ December 31, 2013, written by Jens the ; 3 comments.

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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 publications (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 (currently traveling the world).

Jens is a hobbyist philosopher who has studied hundreds of 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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