Links for April 2011
- Maqetta - "Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads."
- The Cicada Principle and Why It Matters to Web Designers » HTML & CSS, Layout » Design Festival - Have you been looking for a example which takes advantage of CSS3's multiple background images that isn't a re-hashing of the sliding doors technique? Here it is...
- HTML5, ARIA Roles, and Screen Readers in March 2011 | Research | Accessible Culture - With the release of Firefox 4 and IE9, how much has screenreader support for ARIA improved since last year?
- Longdesc Misuse: How Prevalent? at Karl Groves - Is longdesc really universally misused? New research indicates: no.
- Designing For The Future Web - Smashing Magazine - "If a single consistent experience is our goal, this begs the question, should we create a mobile website that scales up or a desktop website that degrades? The answer is neither. We should try to create a single design that can be used across all devices without alteration. But in practice, at least for the moment, we should start with the simplest website and work up."
- The CSS3 Flexible Box Layout (flexbox) | 456 Berea Street - Centring elements vertically with flexboxes.
- Give Floats the Flick in CSS Layouts » Web Tech » SitePoint Blogs - Andrew Tetlaw discusses several CSS layout techniques which are far more reliable than floats (if you don't have to support IE6/7).
- HTML5 does NOT allow “self-closing” tags … • Tiffany B. Brown - Just because you can use opening tags without closing tags in HTML5 doesn't mean you should.
- The Current State of HTML5 Forms · Wufoo - A comprehensive guide to HTML5 forms support in current browsers, consisting of a nice summary and a collection of detailed pages.
- Can Hated Design Elements Be Made to Work? (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) - Once a design element becomes universally hated (eg. flashing banner ads, popups) then if you implement a similar looking design element, even if you implement your feature in a usable and intuitive manner, most people will dismiss it immediately based on their past experiences. There are signs this is starting to happen with lightboxes.
- Wallaby | Adobe Flash FLA to HTML - Adobe Labs - Convert Flash animations to HTML5 with this AIR app.
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