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Books & Articles

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Books

Undercover User Experience Design

Undercover User Experience Design

by Cennydd Bowles and James Box

Once you catch the user experience bug, the world changes. Doors open the wrong way, websites don’t work, and companies don’t seem to care. And while anyone can learn the UX remedies usability testing, personas, prototyping and so on unless your organisation “gets it”, putting them into practice is trickier.

HTML5 for Web Designers

HTML5 for Web Designers

by Jeremy Keith

The HTML5 spec is 900 pages and hard to read. HTML5 for Web Designers is 85 pages and fun to read. Easy choice. In this brilliant and entertaining user’s guide, Jeremy Keith cuts to the chase, with crisp, clear, practical examples, and his patented twinkle and charm.

Bulletproof Ajax

Bulletproof Ajax

by Jeremy Keith

This book is a step-by-step guide to enhancing Web sites with Ajax. You’ll find solutions to the challenges Ajax poses, illustrated with working examples.

Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance

Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance

Co-authored by Richard Rutter

This book gives you all you need to know about web accessibility, whether you are a web designer or developer who wants your sites to be accessible, or a business manager who wants to learn what impact the web accessibility laws have on your websites.

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

by Andy Budd

Your indispensable guide to cutting-edge CSS development — all you need to work your way up to CSS professional.

DOM Scripting

DOM Scripting

by Jeremy Keith

The book is aimed at designers rather than programmers. If you’ve learned the benefits of Web Standards through CSS and you’re now ready to move on to the next level, this is the book for you. It will show you how to add stylish, usable enhancements to your web pages using Web Standards that guarantee future compatibility.


Articles

Easier Page States for Wireframes

by Richard Rutter for 24 Ways

Richard Rutter brings an interesting new tool to the wireframing table with the introduction of a useful jQuery plugin for designing or prototyping modern multi-state web sites or applications.

The IE6 Equation

by Jeremy Keith for 24 Ways

Jeremy Keith does the maths and presents an interesting equation to help you to decide when to put the effort into providing support for Internet Explorer 6, and when to fall back on pre-existing shortcuts.

Getting Real about Agile Design

by Cennydd Bowles for A List Apart

Now is the time to get real, and prove design can adapt, if we want to stay relevant in these increasingly unreal times.

How to Size Text in CSS

by Richard Rutter for A List Apart

Richard Rutter reconciles the designer’s requirement for accuracy with the user’s need to resize text on demand, arriving at a best practice that satisfies designers and users and works across browsers and platforms.

They Shoot Browsers, Don’t They?

by Jeremy Keith for A List Apart

Standards-aware developers, by their very nature, will object to adding a line of unnecessary markup to their documents just to get one single browser to behave as it should by default.

Back to the future of print

by Natalie Downe for 24 Ways

An in-depth look at the state of print stylesheets. Often neglected by developers but much loved by the user, the simple print stylesheet can really add that finishing touch to even the best site designs.

Guerrilla Usability Testing

by Paul Annett for .net magazine

An overview of how to conduct a quick and dirty usability test to check that your website is easy to use.

Behavioral Separation

by Jeremy Keith for A List Apart

Think separating presentation from structure is a good thing? Well, what’s good for CSS is good for JavaScript, too.