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18 Oct. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

JavaScript for Web Designers: DOM Scripting

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share Chapter 5 of Mat Marquis' new book, JavaScript for Web Designers, available now from A Book Apart.

Before we do anything with a page, you and I need to have a talk about something very important: the Document Object Model. There are two purposes to the DOM: providing JavaScript with a map of all the elements on our page, and providing us with a set of methods for accessing those elements, their attributes, and their contents.

11 Oct. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Using CSS Mod Queries with Range Selectors

Recently, I was asked to build a simple list that would display in a grid—one that could start with a single element and grow throughout the day, yet alway be tidy regardless of the length. So, as you do sometimes when you’re busy with one thing and asked if you can do something completely different, I tried to think of any reason why it couldn’t be done, came up blank, and distractedly said, “Yes.”

4 Oct. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

A Redesign with CSS Shapes

Here at An Event Apart (an A List Apart sibling) we recently refreshed the design of our “Why Should You Attend?” page, which had retained an older version of our site design and needed to be brought into alignment with the rest of the site. Along the way, we decided to enhance the page with some cutting-edge design techniques: non-rectangular float shapes and feature queries.

30 Sep. 2016 Posted by Six Revisions in External

A Guide to Technology Stacks (Infographic)

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This infographic was first published on The Software Guild. It has been republished here with permission from its creators.

A technology stack or tech stack for short refers to a set of technologies, software, and tools that are used in the development and deployment of sites, apps, and other digital products.

For example, a classic technology stack is the LAMP stack. The LAMP stack is traditionally used for creating an environment for running PHP application...

27 Sep. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Task Performance Indicator: A Management Metric for Customer Experience

It’s hard to quantify the customer experience. “Simpler and faster for users” is a tough sell when the value of our work doesn’t make sense to management. We have to prove we’re delivering real value—increased the success rate, or reduced time-on-task, for example—to get their attention. Management understands metrics that link with other organizational metrics, such as lost revenue, support calls, or repeat visits. So, we need to describe our environment with metrics of our own.

20 Sep. 2016 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Apple Mobile Device Management Made Easy with Bushel

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Bushel is a mobile device management (MDM) solution for the iPads, iPhones, and Macs in your workplace. Bushel is developed by JAMF Software, creators of IT solutions for the Apple platform.

Without a mobile device management system, the responsibility of setting up, tracking, managing, and securing all the Apple devices floating around your workplace takes a great amount of resources.

Managing mobile devices is more eff...

20 Sep. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Why We Should All Be Data Literate

Recently, I was lucky enough to see the great Jared Spool talk (spoiler: all Spool talks are great Spool talks). In this instance, the user interface icon warned of the perils of blindly letting data drive design.

13 Sep. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Designing Interface Animation: an Interview with Val Head

A note from the editors: To mark the publication of Designing Interface Animation, ALA managing editor Mica McPheeters and editor Caren Litherland reached out to Val Head via Google Hangouts and email for a freewheeling conversation about web animation. The following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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