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Where we started, what it's all about.

Writing for the Web

by Jeffrey Zeldman1 Comment

When Brian and I launched the original LIST APART in January '98, we had two goals: to create a noise-free, high-level discussion list for the web; and to cover all the bases of webmaking – from pixels to prose, coding to content. Posts in the digest have begun that work. It continues with this article, the first in a series. The scarcity of online writing about online writing is baffling when you consider that most websites consist of words.

Redefining Possible

by Lance Arthur

I come to stir up the quiet, solemn waters of backwards compatibility and lowest-common denominator coding. I come not to praise one-size-fits-all site design, but to demean it. I am here before you today shielded with tomato-proofed Teflon coating, ready for the shouts of indignation and hurled epithets from you in the front row while all you quiet types in the back nod your heads in silent agreement because I want you to go out now and f*ck sh*t up.

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