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  • From Switches to Targets: A Standardista’s Journey

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    Grab your galoshes and walking stick and follow along with A List Apart's Eric Meyer as he considers the vices and virtues of version targeting as a standards toggle.

  • Hat Heads vs. Bed Heads

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    Every team and office includes people with potentially conflicting personalities and working styles. By applying the right relationship management techniques, you can calm tension, communicate more easily, and run your projects more efficiently. Keith LaFerriere shows us how.

  • You Are Not a Robot

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    Are we not (wo)men? Cut us and we bleed. Present us with a problem and we solve it—using judgement, experience, and the ability to generalize. Learn why machines will never be able to do our jobs, and how knowing that fact can build respect for the profession.

  • Evangelizing Outside the Box: Web Standards and Large Companies

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    Contrary to popular belief, designers and developers at many big companies use web standards in their work every day. They just don't talk about it. For standards awareness to reach the next level, they'll have to start talking, says PPK.

  • A Standardista’s Alphabet

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    "A is for Aaron, who fell down the stairs. K is for Kevin, menaced by bears." No wait, those are just the notes from our last staff meeting. Jack Pickard offers a lighter look at the world of web standards.

  • The ALA Primer Part Two: Resources For Beginners

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    In part one of this series, Erin Lynch suggested a few good starting points for those new to ALA. In part two, Erin and the rest of the ALA crew suggest resources for those new to the whole industry.

  • The ALA Primer: A Guide for New Readers

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    New to A List Apart? Welcome! ALA's own Erin Lynch suggests a few good places to start reading.

  • Valentine’s Day Massacre

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    From buzzword-happy marketers to snobby standards gurus, from AJAX to Zope, ALA's gentle readers tell us what they bloody well hate about the web.

  • Web 3.0

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    Web 2.0 is a fresh-faced starlet on the intertwingled longtail to the disruptive experience of tomorrow. Web 3.0 thinks you are so 2005.

  • When You Are Your Own Client, Who Are You Going To Make Fun Of At The Bar?

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    Should your blog have a business? Jim Coudal shares insights into the adventure of transitioning from client services to product creation.

  • Everyware: Always Crashing in the Same Car

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    Ubiquitous computing is coming, in some ways, it's already here. Shouldn't we think about what we want it to be? In our last issue, we published the introduction of Adam Greenfield's Everyware. In this issue, we're running the book's conclusion.

  • Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

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    Ubiquitous computing is no longer a mirage. The time to consider its implications is now, while we still have the opportunity to decide how it should be integrated into our lives. We're proud to offer a taste of Adam Greenfield's new book, Everyware.

  • A Case for Web Storytelling

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    In our attention to style and technology, we often overlook a vital element in the web design mix: narrative voice.

  • Web Designer and Proud of It

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    Professional web designers do not “do” web page design, we practice it. Web design is not a merit badge to be added to your uniform in scouts (but the way things are going it is probably not far off), it is a career choice that demands continual growth and serious dedication. We continually work at improving our skills and techniques, learning how to use new tools and mastering the old ones. To elevate our profession from the perception it has now to the esteem that it deserves, the gap between the professional and the amateur should be evident to the casual viewer.

  • Cheaper Over Better: Why Web Clients Settle for Less

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    Schumacher investigates why clients hire bad web designers — and what good web designers can do about it.

  • Valentines to the Web

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    You love it! You really love it. ALA's readers tell us who gets their candy hearts this year.

  • Everything I Need To Know About Web Design I Learned Watching Oz

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    Making it as a web designer is like staying alive in the slammer. So before you sharpen your Photoshop skills or crack open that new book on crafting more effective customer experiences, you’d be well advised to catch a few reruns of HBO’s Oz. ALA system designer Brian Alvey points out the parallels between a successful career in web design and the popular prison drama.

  • The Web is Like Canada

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    Those who "get" the web create it. Those who do not get the web are put in charge. Joe Clark presents a vision for defending our web against their worst ideas.

  • How to Save Web Accessibility from Itself

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    An upcoming revision to the Web Accessibility Guidelines is in danger of becoming unrealistically divorced from real-world web development, yielding guidelines that are at once too vague and too specific. Your expertise and input can help create realistic guidelines that work.

  • Accessibility, Web Standards, and Authoring Tools

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    With the advent of more compliant web browsers, the quest for standards shifts to the tools pros use to build sites. Christopher Schmitt spoke with Adobe and Macromedia for the low-down on web standards, accessibility, and authoring tools.