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Dive into Responsive Prototyping with Foundation
Jonathan SmileyJonathan Smiley, A List ApartA List Apart, 2012/04/11

Good discussion of the new reality for web designers and therefore of the need for (and mechanics of) prototyping. The reality is simple: there are more and more devices all the time, and they all display the web differently. Think even of the different display and interface attributes of an iPhone, an iPad and a desktop computer. This article outlines the prototyping process and describes Foundation, a light-weight frontend tool you can use to create responsive prototypes. Today: Total:57 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Discovering Magic
Glenn JonesGlenn Jones, A List ApartA List Apart,

"Wouldn't it be a little magical if, when you signed up for a new site, the site said something like, 'We notice you have a profile photo on Flickr and Twitter, would you like to use one of those or upload a new one?'" Or wouldn't it be a little disturbing? If you have wondered at all about what impact your various identities on various social network sites are having overall, you want to look at this article, which describes the development of new technologies that are linking them together. Of course, commercial, marketing and other services have bveen able to do this for some time, what's changing now is that this is becoming more widespread and more common. Today: Total:42 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Multi-Column Layouts Climb Out of the Box
Alan PearceAlan Pearce, A List ApartA List Apart,

Useful article that offers another approach to multi-column CSS layout. The problem faced by this designer was to create columns of equal height, and the solution was to use negative margin values. I use negative margin values myself, mostly for images and call-outs, and while I am still not completely comfortable with it, they seem stable enough to me. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Gentle Reader, Stay Awhile; I Will Be Faithful
Amber SimmonsAmber Simmons, A List ApartA List Apart,

Hm, yes, I like this: the idea of writing for a reader, not an audience. "Audiences are impersonal and distant. When I think of writing for an audience, I feel obligated to put on a show and be properly entertaining. But although I do hope my readers enjoy what I write, my primary goal isn't to appear larger-than-life." Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]

10 Tips on Writing the Living Web
Mark BernsteinMark Bernstein, A List ApartA List Apart,

Pretty good advice overall, though I do wonder about point number 8. Hm. I have been pointedly told I'm not (and not very nicely either). And the best I could do on Hotornot is 6.5 out of 10. But hey, that's better than 61 percent of all men! Yeah. Back to work, Stephen. "Pictures don't matter in the long run; what matters is the trajectory of your relationship with the reader, the gradual growth of intimacy and knowledge between you." Today: Total:64 [Comment] [Direct Link]

To Hell with WCAG 2
Joe ClarkJoe Clark, A List ApartA List Apart,

Well known for his writing on accessibility, Joe Clark slams the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 recently announced for comment. How often does this happen to standards bodies: "The process is stacked in favour of multinationals with expense accounts who can afford to talk on the phone for two hours a week and jet to world capitals for meetings." And the result, writes Clark, is predictable: a confused, convoluted and dysfunctional set of standards. Today: Total:77 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CSS Swag: Multi-Column Lists
Paul NovitskiPaul Novitski, A List ApartA List Apart,

Some very practical advice on how to create multi-column lists using only CSS and XHTML (in other words - everyone can do it). Clearly written and offering advice that solves the sorts of problems that always snag designers (problems which may be classified under the heading 'Internet Explorer'). Today: Total:63 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Hybrid CSS Dropdowns
Eric ShepherdEric Shepherd, A List ApartA List Apart,

Half the article deals with how to make nice standards compliant menus for your web page. The other half discusses how to make them work properly in Internet Explorer. In other words, a typical design experience. Today: Total:42 [Comment] [Direct Link]

JavaScript Triggers
Peter-Paul KockPeter-Paul Kock, A List ApartA List Apart,

This is a bit technical, though all designers should heed the opening paragraph: "The front end of a website consists of three layers. XHTML forms the structural layer, which contains structural, semantic markup and the content of the site. To this layer you can add a presentation layer (CSS) and a behavior layer (JavaScript) to make your website more beautiful and user-friendly." The rest of the article describes how to trigger executions of Javascript based solely on elements in the presentation layer. Start messing around with XSLT and you see how important this becomes. Today: Total:38 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Manage Your Content With PHP
Christopher RobbinsChristopher Robbins, A List ApartA List Apart,

You could spend thousands of dollars or more purchasing a content management system. Or you could build one using PHP for, well, for free. Today: Total:48 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Information vs. Experience
Emmanuel King TurnerEmmanuel King Turner, A List ApartA List Apart,

Two views of the world wide web - the 'Structuralists' see the web as a vehicle for information and leave the presentation of documents up to the individual user, while the 'Presentationalists' believe that the web is a vehicle for conveying experiences and who want to maintain total control over the appearance of documents. Who's winning? The Structuralists, barely. Me? I'm a Structuralist.CRLF Today: Total:41 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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