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  • Ten Years Ago in ALA: Dynamic Text Replacement

    by Yesenia Perez-Cruz · · 2 Comments

    Ten years ago this month in Issue 183, A List Apart published Stewart Rosenberger’s “Dynamic Text Replacement.” Stewart lamented text styling as a “dull headache of web design” with “only a handful of fonts that are universally available, and sophisticated graphical effects are next to impossible using only standard CSS and HTML.” To help ease these pains, Stewart presented a technique for styling typography by dynamically replacing text with an image.

  • Apple and Responsive Design

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 32 Comments

    Apple has always had a funny relationship with responsive design. They’ve only sparingly used media queries to make minor visual tweaks on important pages, like their current homepage. Though a “handcrafted for all devices” approach seems like the “Apple way,” it’s almost as if they’ve avoided it because of the iPhone’s original pitch—giving users the ability to pinch and zoom their way through the “full” web, as opposed to being shuttled off to the mobile web.

  • Testing Responsive Images

    by Mat Marquis · · 10 Comments

    At long last, the native picture element isn’t just coming: it’s here. The picture element has landed in Canary—Google’s “beta” channel for upcoming Chrome releases—and we can try it out for ourselves right now. Now, we need to test it out, look for bugs, and file issues.

  • On Styled Form Elements

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 12 Comments

    For almost 20 years, we’ve had the same input types and form elements we still use today: text fields and areas, password fields, select dropdowns, radio buttons, checkboxes, file fields, hidden fields, and the menagerie of button types including submit, reset, image, and plain old button.

  • We Have Work to Do: #yesallwomen and the Web

    by Sara Wachter-Boettcher · · 60 Comments

    Why does #yesallwomen matter for the web—and for A List Apart? Editor-in-chief Sara Wachter-Boettcher explains why making our industry a welcoming place for people of all kinds of backgrounds is the only way we’ll build the web we need.

  • Ten Years Ago in ALA: Art Direction and Drop Shadows

    by Mike Pick ·

    Ten years ago in May, A List Apart published Issues 180–182, featuring Art Direction and the Web by Stephen Hay and Onion Skinned Drop Shadows by Brian Williams.

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Getting the Word Out

    by Andrew Kirkpatrick · · 1 Comment

    Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To mark the day and promote the goal of the day, groups of developers and designers interested in accessibility offer webinars, presentations, and networking events to interest and educate more people about why accessibility is important and how to address accessibility in web content, documents, and software.

  • “Dear FCC,”

    Every voice counts! Please share your thoughts with the FCC before they vote later today to destroy net neutrality. This is an issue of justice and access. Save our shared web and help ensure that others can access it.

  • Design Tools for Today’s Web

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 23 Comments

    There’s no arguing that the Creative Suite applications are powerful, feature-rich, and have the intangible value of being industry standards, but as browsers became more advanced and rendering shifted from images to native CSS, the old, established applications fell out of step. The time was ripe for an application that was built, from the ground up, focused on the new era of interface design. And that’s when I found Sketch.

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  • Quantity Queries for CSS

    by Heydon Pickering · 35 Comments

    In responsive design, we think a lot about space, especially in the context of screen sizes. But the amount of content or the number of elements is bound to affect space, too, just as unpredictably—and if we don’t want our designs to dictate our content, we need new ways to make our design aware of changing content quantities. Heydon Pickering walks us through a new idea for creating style breakpoints for quantities of HTML elements.

  • Stopping the Infighting About Digital Standards

    by Lisa Welchman · 3 Comments

    Organizations that struggle with their digital presence often do so because they haven’t established proper governance. But good governance is worth pursuing: clear policies and processes can answer questions, empower teams, and enable web strategies to shine. In this excerpt from Chapter 5 of Managing Chaos, Lisa Welchman explains the importance of digital standards—what they are, why they matter for governance, and how to start documenting them for your stakeholders.

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