How Did I Miss This?

Apparently, if you make a repo with a name that matches your username, you can add the contents of the associated to your public GitHub profile.

Basically, if you create this: roblarsen/roblarsen the contents of will be displayed at the top of

That’s pretty cool!

I’m Currently Looking For Work and Looking for Open Source Sponsors

It’s been such a short time at my new job I never posted about it here. That didn’t stop me from being laid off ????

So, if you’re looking for a Front-End Architect or Director of Engineering, please let me know.

Anyway, in the tradition of making lemonade from lemons, I finally set up a GitHub sponsors page. If you’d like to support my open source work, that’s where it happens.

main.css v3.0.0 released

main.css version 3.0.0 was just released. It’s actually a small release, but it carries a breaking change so we’ve bumped a major version. Here’s the glorious changelog:

  • Rename sr-only class to visually-hidden (#109)
  • Remove print thead rule (#101)
  • Remove Vendor-prefixed ::selection (#93)
  • Lots of dev dependency and npm publishing updates

There’s more to come as we slowly but surely make our way towards HTML5 Boilerplate v9.0.0

New HTML5 Boilerplate Template Repository

Hey! It’s been a while. Sorry! I’m going to have a lot more content to share over the next few months, so get used to me writing again.

Anyway, we’re in the middle of creating HTML5 Boilerplate 9.0. As part of that release we have created a Github template repository.

As GitHub wrote when they unveiled the feature

Sharing boilerplate code across codebases is a constant pattern in software development. Bootstrapping a new project with our favorite tools and directory structures helps programmers go from idea to “Hello world!” more efficiently and with less manual configuration.

Today, we’re excited to introduce repository templates to make boilerplate code management and distribution a first-class citizen on GitHub. To get started, all you need to do is mark a repository as a template, and you’ll immediately be able to use it to generate new repositories with all of the template repository’s files and folders.

With all the mentions of “boilerplate” it’s like template repos were made for HTML5 Boilerplate. Nice.

Using them is pretty simple.

First, navigate to h5bp/html5-boilerplate-template. Once there, click on the “Use this template”

Next, you add the name you would like to use:

And that’s it. You’ve got a fresh repo with all the files from HTML5 Boilerplate ready to go.

That’s just a taste of the changes on offer. I’ll have more news as we get closer to the final release. I would love to have this release out before 2021 is over. We’ll see!

Since I Can’t Check in, in Person- Here’s Where I’m At and What I’m Working on in 2021

While things should be getting better soon in terms of seeing people in person again (both here and on the road) we’re not quite there yet. To that end, here’s a quick rundown of where I I am and what I’m up to on the technology front.

Day Job

At present, I work for Eaton Vance as a software architect. I say at present, because we were purchased by Morgan Stanley so at some point in the near future I’ll be an employee of Morgan Stanley. That will be different. I’m just not sure how it will differ. I’ve been at EV for over 3 years now, so this is more uncertainty that I expected to be having on the job front. We’ll see how it goes. I’m cautiously optimistic.


I’ve got two newish books for sale, Mastering SVG and The HTML and CSS Workshop, and one older book with evergreen content, Beginning HTML and CSS. Check them out if you’d like to learn about SVG or HTML and CSS.

Additionally, I’ve been wanting to write a book on Git and GitHub for a while now and may find time to pick that up over the next few weeks. I’ll be self-publishing it*. I’ll have more news as soon as it feels real.

*If anyone wants to publish a book by me on Git and GitHub, that would be fine, too. I just would like to try self-publishing.

Open Source

I’m still managing the h5bp organization, 135,000+ stars and counting, and actively managing HTML5 Boilerplate, main.css, and create-html5-boilerplate. I’ve also inherited Front-end-Developer-Interview-Questions. I’ve really got to sort that project out a little bit. It’s still a little messy!

I’d actually be interested in helping out with something outside of that h5bp world. If you’ve got any ideas for something that could use my help or if you would like to help out with one of the above projects, hit me up!