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Expand Typographic Freedom on the Web

Typographyon the web has long suffered in comparison to print.The biggest limitation has been the limited number of fonts that a designer can use. It's still messy, but it is now possible to use a much wider range of fonts.

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HTML5: Over-Hyped
or the Next Big Thing?

HTML5 has been receiving an extraordinary amount of attention, thanks in part to active support and promotion by Google, Apple, and Mozilla, among others. Despite its high profile, however, the HTML5 specification isn't even complete, much less officially blessed or broadly supported by browsers, and there are only a few pieces that are of immediate practical value.

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Opening External Links in Another Window: Evil or Convenience?

Whensomeone clicks a link to an external site, should that link open in anew tab or browser window, or should it replace the contents of thecurrent browser window?

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Designing Web Sites in Photoshop: Know What jQuery Can Do

Perhaps thebiggest difference between designing for print and for the web is theopportunity to use interactivity. Sure, you can build your web pagesjust like printed pages that appear on screen, but if you do so you'releaving on the table some of the benefits the web has to offer. Interactivityin web pages is provided by JavaScript, the programming language thatruns in the browser.

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Apple Reiterates Its Position on Flash and Tools

Not that there wasmuch ambiguity in Apple's position on Flash and Adobe, but just in caseit wasn't crystal-clear to you, read Steve Jobs'Thoughts on Flash.

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Designing for the Web: The Web Design Vocabulary

Readers ofbooks expect to find a table of contents and page numbers to help themnavigate. Viewers of web sites expect to find headers, footers, andpersistent navigation. If you don't provide it, you significantlyincrease the chances visitors will get lost, or frustrated, and give up.

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From PSD to Website: Top 6 Things to Know

If you're agraphic designer whose background has been mostly in print, there's afew things we can guess about you: You are much more comfortable and productive inPhotoshop than in Dreaweaver or other web tools; you feel overwhelmed by all the technology detailsthat assault you when you need to turn your designs into web sites; and more and more, web sites are what your clients areasking for. If thissounds like you, then finding an effective path to turn your designsinto quality web sites could significantly advanceyour career.

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Apple's iPad: The Third Big Platform?

Having spent a week now with an iPad, I'm convinced that it will be the foundation for the next major computing platform, joining Windows and the Mac. Unfortunately, Apple's foolish attempts to restrict innovation in development tools seems likely to be a serious handicap.

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HTML5 vs. Flash: A Complex Political Battle

A few days ago, I wrote about what the iPad means for web design. One of the most controversial issues is the effect Apple's spurning of Flash will have on the future of that technology. This subject has been written about widely; much of the commentary is along the lines of "good riddance to Flash" and "HTML5 can do everything Flash can do", and is emotional and ill-informed.

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What Does the iPad Mean for Web Design?

Browsers have always been the primary driver of the technologies and techniques that are available to web designers. In recent years, mobile browsers have entered the fray, adding not only new, tiny screen sizes but also new sets of technology constraints. The iPad adds a new twist to the complex and evolving set of targets that web designers need to aim for.

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