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  • Information vs. Experience

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    The conflict between presentation and structure reveals two views of the web. Which one’s winning?

  • Patents, Royalties, and Web Standards

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    This week there is only one web story that matters. The W3C has written a patent policy that opens the door to royalty payments on web standards.

  • Global Treaty Could Transform the Web

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    Mahoney is boiling mad over a proposed global treaty that would turn our worldwide web into a mishmash of regional Intranets, each attending to whatever local regulation allows.

  • Much Ado About Smart Tags

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    Microsoft’s proprietary Smart Tags: Boon or bane? Kaminski digs deep beneath the hype and paranoia in an extensive assessment of what Microsoft hath wrought.

  • All the Access Money Can Buy

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    Just when you think online multimedia will never be truly access, someone proves you wrong. In BMW Films, Clark sees a tantalizing glimpse of a better web.

  • The Client Did It: A WWW Whodunit

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    Shepherd on the fine art of telling bad clients to buzz off.

  • 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.

  • Nipping Client Silliness in the Bud

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    Slashdot’s Robin (Roblimo) Miller could write a book about web clients’ mistakes. In fact, he’s writing it now – but he needs your help.

  • CSS Talking Points: Selling Clients on Web Standards

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    Selling your clients on standards-compliant design doesn’t have to hurt. Kise’s four-point CSS Selling Plan helps the medicine go down.

  • Circle Jerks & Web Elitists

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    The web design community goes through this kind of self-examination every three months. Under the banner of honest criticism, names are named, guesses about motivation are sketched, and sometimes entire bodies of work are dismissed.

  • “Forgiving” Browsers Considered Harmful

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    By hiding the need for structure that the web will require as it moves toward XHTML and XML, “forgiving” web browsers have helped breed a world of structural markup illiterates. Eisenberg examines the damage done.

  • The Road to Dystopia

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    Now that greed, pride, and stupidity have wrecked the web economy, how’s a semi-idealistic web developer supposed to make a living? Chris Kaminski hitches a ride down the road to dystopia.

  • Down By Law

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    A U.S. law scheduled to take effect on the 20th of this month will force libraries and schools to censor Internet access or lose their funding. If enacted, the law will restrict free speech and punish the poorest of the poor. Librarian and web developer Carrie Bickner explores the politics of censorship and the digital divide.

  • Web Designer and Proud of It

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    Professional web designers do not “do&#8221 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.

  • A Failure to Communicate

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    It’s ironic that, as professionals dedicated to clear communication, information architects and user interface designers are having such trouble communicating with each other. Information designer George Olsen digs up the roots of communication breakdown and explores the three aspects of web design.

  • To Hell With Bad Browsers

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    In a year or two, all sites will be designed with standards that separate structure from presentation (or they will be built with Flash 7). We can watch our skills grow obsolete, or start learning standards-based techniques. In fact, since the latest versions of IE, Navigator, and Opera already support many web standards, if we are willing to let go of the notion that backward compatibility is a virtue, we can stop making excuses and start using these standards now. At ALA, beginning with Issue No. 99, we’ve done just that. Join us.

  • This HTML Kills: Thoughts on Web Accessibility

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    Activist Jim Byrne sounds off on the importance of web accessibility, and the difficulty of doing it right.

  • One Boy’s Life: Surviving the Dotcom Blitz

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    A boy, a job, and a floundering economy. Nick Finck tells his personal story of hirings and firings on the cusp of the dotcom crunch.

  • Survivor! (How Your Peers are Coping With the Dotcom Crisis)

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    It’s ugly out there, but how bad is it, really? We asked 40 colleagues to share how they were coping (or not) with the layoffs and business failures plaguing our industry.

  • 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.