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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.

Bring Me The Head Of Tim Berners-Lee

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.

Act Now! Fight to Restore Net Neutrality.

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!