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Books & Articles

Websites. You might have gathered by now that we make them. We eat, sleep and breathe them.

So, what else do we do? Write about them!

Occasionally publishers have come and asked us one of us to shun daylight for the glare of a screen (what’s new?!) and write about what we know. It’s a hard process, a bit like Misery but with more javascript and no broken limbs.

It’s worth all the hours of toiling and rehashing when the shiny plump first edition arrives from the publisher. So far, ’Lefties have published half a dozen books with more to follow.

24 Ways

Easier Page States for Wireframes 24ways.org

Author: Richard Rutter

Richard Rutter brings an interesting new tool to the wireframing table with the introduction of a smart and exceptionally useful jQuery plugin. If you ever get involved in designing or prototyping modern multi-state web sites or applications, you’ll want to check this out.

Visit: 24 Ways

24 Ways

The IE6 Equation 24ways.org

Author: Jeremy Keith

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. Browser support is always a tricky business, so why not roll in some complex algebra too?

Visit: 24 Ways

A List Apart

Getting Real about Agile Design

by Cennydd Bowles

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

Visit: A List Apart

.net Magazine

Ultimate Ways to Test Your Site

by Cennydd Bowles

Improve your site by testing it with the people who really matter: your users. Clearleft’s user experience designer Cennydd Bowles explains how to conduct ‘guerrilla testing’, the quick and easy way to get your site on track.

Visit: netmag.co.uk

.net Magazine

Guerrilla Usability Testing

by Paul Annett

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

Visit: netmag.co.uk

Ultimate CSS Reference

Ultimate CSS Reference

Technical Editor: Natalie Downe

A complete and thorough and up-to-date reference guide for CSS. Including an alphabetical property reference with compatability information for all major browsers, lists of useful hacks, known bugs in CSS, and much more.

Buy from: amazon.co.uk, Sitepoint, or view online

.net Magazine

How To Recreate Silverback’s Parallax Effect

by Paul Annett

Add some sweet flavour to your website with some faux-3D layering on window-resize.

Visit: Think Vitamin

A List Apart

They Shoot Browsers, Don't They?

by Jeremy Keith

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.

Visit: A List Apart

24 Ways

Back to the future of print 24ways.org

Author: Natalie Downe

An in-depth look at the state of print stylesheets in 2007. 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.

Visit: 24 Ways

A List Apart

How to Size Text in CSS

by Richard Rutter

In this article, we will reconcile 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.

Visit: A List Apart

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.

Visit: bulletproofajax.com

24 ways

Fast and Simple Usability Testing 24ways.org

Author: Natalie Downe

Describing a simple approach to usability testing for those working to tight timescales or budgets. Learn how to make the most of your available user testing time, and learn a few tricks on the way..

Visit: 24 Ways

.net Magazine

BarCamp: The Geek Sleepover

by Paul Annett

A behind-the-scenes look at London’s first ‘unconference’.

Visit: netmag.co.uk

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.

Visit: Friends of ED

A List Apart

JavaScript Image Gallery

by Jeremy Keith

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

Visit: A List Apart

Blog Design Solutions

Blog Design Solutions

Co-authored by Richard Rutter & Andy Budd

In this book, a team of renowned web designers take you through the ins and outs of putting together great blogs. With this book in hand, you’ll have found your way to blog heaven in no time!

Visit: Friends of ED

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.

Buy from: Amazon.com / .co.uk

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.

Visit: domscripting.com

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