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  • Love Your CMS. (No, Really!)


    Content Management Systems—can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em! If selecting and configuring the best CMS for your team’s needs leaves you feeling adrift, worry not. ALA: On Air returns on August 25 with a group of practiced professionals who will take you through customization, traditional versus “headless” CMSes, design, backend UX, and more.

  • Developing Empathy


    Everyone talks a lot about empathy, but distilling that theory-driven talk into practices for our day-to-day work can seem daunting. Susan Robertson shows how she's been able to practice empathy for users as a developer.

  • On Our Radar: Four-and-a-Horse Stars


    This week's recommended reading list has bad news for icon fonts: we learn from Seren Davies' presentation that they present accessibility issues for people with dyslexia. Plus: our favorite tech TinyLetter, the NYSE computer glitch, an animal gif, and more.

  • The Latest Flash 0-day is no Joke


    The latest Flash exploit is so bad you shouldn't even read this post, just go patch it now. I'm not kidding.

  • Designing for Non-Native Speakers


    Half of all web pages are in English, but only about 28 percent of people using the internet speak English as a first language. Fortunately, designing for non-native English speakers doesn't have to come with a huge price tag. Senongo Akpem shares three straightforward strategies for making your sites and apps more usable for non-native speakers.

  • Feedback Phases and Personas


    You want feedback in the early stages of any project, but how can you make sure you're getting the most out of it? Anthony Colangelo recommends a five-stage feedback process to gather input from unique feedback personas every step of the way.

  • On Our Radar: Precious Humans


    There are plenty of links and a minimum of one (1) gif awaiting you, as always, in this week's On Our Radar. But first, we want to talk about someone who has inspired all of us: Molly Holzschlag, an influential web standards champion and dear friend.

  • Learning New Tricks


    Going back to basics is never easy. Anthony Colangelo reminds us that sometimes the knowledge we've gained and best practices we've learned can work against us. If you're taking on something new, be ready to learn some new tricks.

  • Content Modeling Phases


    Your content model is great, but it's not a magical solution all by itself. Eileen Webb walks us through the phases of content modeling that will help your content projects succeed.

  • On Our Radar: We Need To Talk

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    Time for another roundup: this week the A List Apart staff is tuned in to topics like project management, healthcare design, advice on hiring juniors, and more. There's plenty to read that's shiny and chrome.

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