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  • All the Access Money Can Buy

    by Joe Clark · Issue 114 ·

    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.

  • Beyond Usability and Design: The Narrative Web

    by Mark Bernstein · Issue 106 ·

    Crafting a narrative web: To succeed profoundly, Bernstein says, websites must go beyond usability and design, deeply engaging readers by turning their journeys through the site into rich, memorable, narrative experiences.

  • The Curse of Information Design

    by Scott Jason Cohen · Issue 96 ·

    With the rise of information architecture, user experience consultants, and usability experts, the fate of a website is no longer left to chance, and its design is no longer a function of organic processes. That may be good for business, but is it really good for the web? Scott Cohen has his doubts.

  • The Ins and Outs of Intranets

    by Dave Linabury · Issue 88 ·

    Sooner or later, most web designers will be called upon to create an internal site. And will quickly learn that one’s own company can be tougher to deal with than any client. Dave Linabury offers tips on surviving the process (and building something good in spite of it).

  • Experience Design

    by Bob Jacobson · Issue 77 ·

    It’s time for web designers to peek over the cubicle and start sharing ideas with their peers in related design disciplines. Jacobson suggests one way to do that in this overview of the emerging Experience Design paradigm.

  • Game Design in Flash 5, Part II: Heroes & Villains

    by Peter Balogh · Issue 113 ·

    Flash artists and ActionScripters, roll up your sleeves for Part Two of Peter Balogh’s well-written tutorial on Game Design in Flash 5. Thrills! Chills! Math skills!

  • A Design Method

    by Ross Olson · Issue 71 ·

    In a high-powered production environment like the web, a design method can help you get more done faster ... and provide you with rules to break. New ALA writer Ross Olson shares his company’s game plan.

  • Sliding Doors of CSS, Part II

    by Douglas Bowman · Issue 161 ·

    In Sliding Doors of CSS Part I, Douglas Bowman introduced a new technique for creating visually stunning interface elements with simple, text-based, semantic markup. In Part II, he pushes the technique even further with rollovers, a fix for IE/Win’s CSS bugs, and lots more.

  • Sympathy for the Plug-in

    by Peter Balogh · Issue 67 ·

    If Flash is indeed a cancer on the Web, how come so many artists (and viewers) adore it? The much-maligned multimedia plug-in bites back, with help from Flash artist Peter Balogh.

  • Suckerfish Dropdowns

    by Dan Webb, Patrick Griffiths · Issue 162 ·

    Teach your smart little menus to do the DHTML dropdown dance without sacrificing semantics, accessibility, or standards compliance or writing clunky code.

  • Keeping Navigation Current With PHP

    by Jason Pearce · Issue 162 ·

    Turning unordered lists into elegant navigational menus has become a new favorite pastime for many web designers. A dash of PHP can add intelligence to your CSS-styled menu.

  • Bridging the Gap

    by Robert Miller · Issue 66 ·

    How can we work together if we don't understand each other? Systems administrator Robert Miller describes the view from his side of the cubicle, and attempts to break down the barriers between "creative" and systems professionals.

  • Walking Backwards: Supporting Non-Western Languages on the Web

    by Shoshannah L. Forbes · Issue 65 ·

    And you think you?ve got problems. Try building web sites in a bi-directional language like Hebrew or Arabic. Israeli web developer Shoshannah L. Forbes discusses the mind-boggling hardships involved, and looks at what the latest browsers are doing about it.

  • Much Ado About 5K

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 63 ·

    A full-fledged website under 5K? Some of the brightest people in the industry swore it could not be done. Yet hundreds of developers not only came in under the 5K budget, they built great sites in the process. Zeldman explores how the 5K Awards rocked the web.

  • JavaScript Image Replacement

    by Christian Heilmann · Issue 164 ·

    Perhaps it’s time to consider the ups and downs of a JavaScript-based alternative to the Fahrner Image Replacement technique. This version uses plain vanilla XHTML with no special IDs or CSS tricks.

  • Designing for Context with CSS

    by Joshua Porter · Issue 171 ·

    The medium is the message: Imagine providing unique information exclusively for people who read your site via a web-enabled cell phone — then crafting a different message for those who are reading a printout instead of the screen. Let your context guide your content. All it takes is some user-centric marketing savvy and a dash of CSS.

  • Dynamically Conjuring Drop-Down Navigation

    by Christian Heilmann · Issue 183 ·

    Got content? Got pages and pages of content? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could offer your readers a drop-down menu providing instant access to any page, without having to sit down and program the darned thing? By marrying a seemingly forgotten XHTML element to simple, drop-in JavaScript, Christian Heilmann shows how to do just that. There’s even a PHP backup for those whose browsers lack access to JavaScript. Turn on, tune in, drop-down.

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