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Fluid Thinking

Apart from being the most... er... graceful term in the web's working glossary, "graceful degradation" is a simple but powerful technique. The first step in adapting that technique successfully is fluid thinking: accepting the unpredictability that rules the user interface of the web.

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  • fluid thinking

Nick Finck - September 25, 2002

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Web standards

Jeffrey Zeldman and A List Apart have long been advocating for Web standards the use of CSS and XHTML in Web design. As Netscape 4.x and other browsers not supporting the W3C standards die out, we can justify skipping the old-school HTML methods. From a usability perspective, there are a number of advantages:
- We can build sites that download faster
- We can comply with accessibility laws and guidelines, without sacrificing beauty, performance, or sophistication.
- We can support wireless gadgets, Web-enabled cell phones, PalmPilots, screen readers, and other nontraditional devices.
- We can deliver sophisticated printed versions of any page without creating separate printer-friendly page.

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  • An interview with Jeffrey Zeldman about the new era of Web design
  • The online magazine A List Apart
  • The Web Standards Project

Henrik Olsen - August 13, 2002

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