Welcome to Boldewyn’s little patch on the web!
I’m Manuel Strehl, a web developer from Germany. My favorite topic, and what you will find most on this site, is getting information into a humanly digestible state.
You can also find me
in the Fediverse as @email@example.com,
on Github as Boldewyn,
on StackOverflow as Boldewyn, too,
as MDN editor and
I’ve put some images on DeviantART.
(“What’s a ‘Boldewyn’?”)
DOM Trees and Focus Order
6 Jan 2024
Sometimes it is hard to determine which element to focus. This post provides you with a specific tool to make your choice of candidates wider than just the body or “whatever the browser does”.
Easy Theming with OKLCH colors
2 Jan 2024
There is a new kid on the block with CSS colors. OKLCH is all the rave. We can use it together with CSS custom properties to add easy color themes to our CSS styles.
Work Around MySQL’s “Big Packet” Error
22 Feb 2022
I worked at importing Unicode data into Codepoints.net’s database, when I encountered a peculiar MySQL error that I haven’t seen before yet: ERROR 1153 (08S01): Got a packet bigger than 'max_allowed_packet' bytes
Comfortably Call make from Subfolders
28 Dec 2020
A little helper script allows for more comfort when working with make in projects with sub-folders.
Efficiently Calling JS Bundlers in a Makefile
18 Dec 2020
A wonderfully elegant way to use Makefiles together with bundlers, that emit several files, are intermediate files. This post explains, how you can use them for easy cross-platform little-setup builds.
A Paradox of Irony
16 Dec 2020
In this post we take an arc from ancient Greek philosophy over strange punctuation marks to Unicode and strive to answer the question, whether all Cretans are liars.
Searching MDN on the Command Line
15 Dec 2020
The Mozilla Developer Network recently switched its infrastructure. Now, the MDN content is stored in a Github repository in the form of HTML files with YAML front matter. You can think of it, what you want, given their …
Docker One-Liners to Make Complex Tasks Simple
11 Dec 2020
Docker as a tool to spin up complex setups quickly also allows for phenomenally fast deployment of packaged applications, that would otherwise be daunting to install. Here are some very useful commands, that make heavy use of this feature for a plethora of different problems.
Create Opening Doors in CSS
10 Dec 2020
Check Markdown Spelling with aspell
8 Dec 2020
The venerable aspell spell checking utility has gained some respectable powers over the last year. In this post we explore them to add easy spell checking to our Markdown pipeline.