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Become a Better Public Speaker with Speaking.io

Public speaking is tough. You’re trying not to say “um” too much or speak too fast or crash your presentation or poop your pants or do any of the million horrible things that, in those first few minutes you’re up on stage, feel way too possible. Now there's a guide that makes it a little easier.

Discount Inquiries: When to Negotiate

How should you respond when potential customers ask for a discount before they've even tried your product? The folks at Close.io explain why negotiating may not be your best bet, and have a suggested response that might just do the trick.

Dive In: Resources for Web Animation

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.”

Choosing Vanilla JavaScript

When building something with a large amount of front-end code, like a robust site or application, jQuery is a powerful ally. However, if you’re building a small- to medium-sized library, you should seriously consider using vanilla JavaScript. Sometimes it makes sense to put down the power screwdriver and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Ten Years Ago in ALA: Footers and Image Galleries

One decade ago this week, A List Apart released Issue 170. The two articles published that week both discussed combining CSS, JavaScript, and markup to build user interface features we wouldn’t think twice about placing on a site today.

CSS Regions Considered

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.

To Sass or Not to Sass? The Two Tims on The East Wing

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.