A List Apart


Topic: State of the Web

  • Thinking Outside the Grid

    by Molly E. Holzschlag · Issue 209 ·

    CSS has broken the manacles that kept us chained to grid-based design...so why do so few sites deviate from the grid? Molly E. Holzschlag can tell us that the answer has something to do with airplanes, urban planning, and British cab drivers.

  • The Web is Like Canada

    by Joe Clark · Issue 84 ·

    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.

  • Why Don’t You Code for Netscape?

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 129 ·

    Long considered the Holy Grail of web design, “backward compatibility” has its place; but at this point in web development history, shouldn’t we be more concerned about forward compatibility? ALA makes the case for authoring to web standards instead of browser quirks.

  • Information vs. Experience

    by Emmanuel King Turner · Issue 125 ·

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

  • The Devil His Due: What Online Porn Portends

    by Bob Jacobson · Issue 112 ·

    It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it: Jacobson studies “adult” sites to see what they can tell us about the future of web content. His predictions are not pretty.

  • 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 Declination of Independence

    by Ryan Holsten, Michael Krisher, Brandon Oelling · Issue 102 ·

    Three web designers discuss trendiness and innovation in design, and list 15 sites that made a difference in the year 2000.

  • Time to Close the Web?

    by Alan Herrell · Issue 61 ·

    Focusing on presentation at the expense of content, and invasive money-making schemes at the expense of everything else, designers must take some of the blame for the trashing of the web. Herrell wonders if it’s time to call it a day and close up shop.

  • Dr. Strangeglobe: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The W3C.

    by Erika Meyer · Issue 76 ·

    Can the mysterious Dr Strangeglobe save the WWWorld from a conspiracy to contaminate our precious liquid layouts? Erika Meyer takes a non-standard look at the W3C in this charming yet educational spoof of the Kubrick classic.

  • Why Are You Here?

    by Scott Jason Cohen · Issue 72 ·

    Whether we’re designing experimental sites or keeping an online diary, we go to the web in search of meaning. Will we find it? Or will we build it ourselves?

  • Fame Fatale

    by Rich Robinson · Issue 72 ·

    When did weblogs stop filtering the web and begin cluttering it instead? Rich Robinson on digital glut and creative solutions.

  • 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.

  • A Fairy, a Low-Fat Bagel, and a Sack of Hammers

    by Nick Usborne · Issue 162 ·

    Never underestimate the importance of words on the web.

  • Digiglut.com

    by Bob Jacobson · Issue 62 ·

    There is just too much stuff out there. Web surfing has turned to web surfeit, as web users and independent content site authors are buried alive in a sea of ever-more-useless crap. Bob Jacobson sifts through the wreckage.

  • Indie Exposure: It’s All About You

    by Julia Hayden · Issue 82 ·

    Reports of the death of online content have been greatly exaggerated. Julia Hayden finds that independent content production is alive and well.

  • How to be Soopa Famous

    by wk lang · Issue 101 ·

    Become a famous web designer. Or ... just look like one.

  • Why Gecko Matters: What Netscape’s Upcoming Browser Will Mean to the Web

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 56 ·

    Netscape is about to unleash its new browser, built around the Gecko rendering engine. Theoretically the first completely standards-compliant web browser, Gecko enters a world where most people use IE5 (which is not completely standards-compliant). Is Netscape’s effort too little, too late? Or is it the beginning of a new and better way to create websites? Zeldman articulates The Web Standards Project’s position and explains what Netscape’s browser will mean to the web.

  • Why IE5/Mac Matters

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 57 ·

    It complies with two key web standards. And leaves out two others. It's IE5 Macintosh Edition, the first browser on any platform to truly support HTML 4 and CSS-1. Its accessibility enhancements put the user in charge, and its clever new features solve long-standing cross-platform and usability problems. All this ... but still no XML or DOM. Zeldman explains what IE5/Mac means to the web.

  • Circle Jerks & Web Elitists

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 108 ·

    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.

  • Redefining Possible

    by Lance Arthur · Issue 1 ·

    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.