I'll admit it—animation is usually left until the very end of my design process. After nearly all of my other design decisions have been made, I'll look through the coded designs for opportunities to add some “flair.” What I loved about Val Head and Rachel Nabors' articles last week is that they advocated for a much more meaningful way to use animation. After reading their articles I immediately realized, “Wow, I should start thinking about animation way earlier.”
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Three weeks ago, A List Apart went open source. Since then, we've begun building out a pattern library for the site. Here are some examples to help you do the same.
Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery’s article last week includes a lot of accessibility concepts that we thought people might want to dig into a little deeper, so we assembled a few key resources that may be of interest.
Håkon Wium Lie’s A List Apart blog post “CSS Regions Considered Harmful” certainly stirred the pot. In the week since it came out, ALA reader Sara Soueidan posted a strong counterpoint article, while Google announced that they will drop support for CSS Regions in Chrome, potentially effectively killing the spec. Everything you need to know is summarized nicely in this piece from Future Insights.
ALA acquisitions scout Tim Smith grills ALA technical director Tim Murtaugh about how he got his start, keeping up with technology in a fast-paced industry, the dangers and opportunities of our advanced new web tools, and the joy of working on projects that scare you. The Two Tims also discuss secrets of the A List Apart 2013 relaunch.
Concerned about the MPAA getting a seat at the web standards table? Robin Berjon of the W3C and A List Apart’s Jeffrey Zeldman hold a rational conversation about EME, DRM, the MPAA, and the W3C in Episode № 109 of The Big Web Show on Mule Radio.
On Jan. 14, a federal appeals court decided Verizon vs. FCC in favor of Verizon—not because Verizon was right, but because the FCC chose the wrong legal framework to use back in 2010. Nothing you can do today will be more important for the health of the web than letting the FCC hear from you on this issue. And it’s easy to do. We urge every A List Apart reader to sign the petition. Do it now!