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  • Accessibility Whack-A-Mole

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    “How do we deal with accessibility needs for which there are no definitive answers?” asks Eleanor Ratliff. Sometimes we arrive at a fix that helps one group of people only to find that our solution undermines another group’s experience. Through the prism of typeface choice, Ratliff relates how she and her team tackled the problem of accessibility whack-a-mole for a rebranding project.

  • Insisting on Core Development Principles

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    The expectations for our work have matured significantly over the last couple of decades. If this overwhelms those of us who build the web day in and day out, imagine how our clients must feel. And yet time and again, we fail our clients by offloading too much responsibility for the development process onto them. We need to build best practices into our workflows from the start, Kendra Skeene reminds us—not wait for our clients to request specific core practices.

  • The Coming Revolution in Email Design

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    Email isn’t just evolving—it’s staging a coup. More and more designers are coming up with exciting new ways of bringing effects like animation and interactivity to the humble inbox. Crucially, for the first time, email client vendors like Microsoft and Google are listening to concerns voiced by email professionals. The web is leaking into the inbox, writes Jason Rodriguez. Don’t get left behind.

  • Awaken the Champion A/B Tester Within

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    Athletes capture and analyze data to optimize their performance. A/B testing can produce winners the same way: with data that goes beyond best guesses via behavioral analysis to extract deeper insights.

  • Let Emotion Be Your Guide

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    There is no separate digital experience for human emotions. In the realm of feelings, it’s all real life. Hana Schank and Jana Sedivy learned from their surprising and transformative encounters with users of a hospital website that you gain deeper insights when you let emotion take the wheel once in a while.

  • Liminal Thinking

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    People act in ways that make sense to them; if it doesn’t make sense to you, then you’re missing something. Recognizing our belief bubbles is the first step to holding our assumptions loosely, getting out of our own way, and improving communication with others, as we see in this excerpt from Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray.

  • JavaScript for Web Designers: DOM Scripting

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    JavaScript’s ability to access and modify elements on the page is undeniable, and the Document Object Model is an essential component of that. In this excerpt from Mat Marquis’ new book, JavaScript for Web Designers, Mat shows us how to manhandle the DOM to get better results from our scripts.

  • Using CSS Mod Queries with Range Selectors

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    When you distractedly agree to do something that you then realize you don’t actually know how to do, what do you do? Briefly panic, and get down to work. Patrick Clancey comes up with a little arsenal of tools to help him deal with mods, ranges, and ranges within mods, allowing him to break away from standard-implementation fixed length or fixed-layout lists.

  • A Redesign with CSS Shapes

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    At least one set of crude hacks has left the building. With progressive and responsive enhancement—and using new CSS features—we can define how text should flow past a floated element. Eric Meyer explains what An Event Apart recently learned about floating shapes and feature queries.