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The danger of assuming context in responsive Web design
Business 2 Community
Mobile-first responsive Web design means much more than just considering layouts, imagery, and media queries. In reality, mobile-first design is all about content. Content is king as they say, and this is especially true when it comes to responsive Web design. However, a dangerous trend is emerging as RWD evolves: the act of hiding content as a screen size shrinks.
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Web experience: The functional heart of Web design
CMS Wire
The fact that GOV.UK has won a top design award shows that the benefits of functional Web design are finally being recognized. Design is not just how it looks. Design must also be concerned with how it works. For things to work on the Web they must be findable. That requires a focus on search and navigation. When these are found the customer must be able to do something with them — complete a task.
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Responsive, real-time graphs in WordPress: Plugins and plotting
Design Festival
Once you have this system in place within your WordPress site, you can literally create any kind of graphed data. The Flot graph library is extensive and very easy to implement. As this article will demonstrate, you can rinse and repeat with a pushups tracker and create a powerful system for displaying this data — all in real-​​time in a responsive website.
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Build responsive, real-​​time graphs in WordPress: Introduction
Build responsive, real-time graphs in WordPress: Functions and data
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Join Adobe for the Free Event Adobe Day in Atlanta on 5 May
Adobe Day
The Adobe Day preparations are back in full swing as they put together a great ensemble of speakers and experts. If you are in the Atlanta and/or attending the STC Annual Summit, you're invited to register for this free event on 5 May and spend your Sunday morning listening to: Chas Corfield, the inventor of FrameMaker talk about the changing form of content consumption; Rahel Bailie ask you if your content is ready for the content economy; John Daigle tell you how to navigate through the mobile documentation highway; Mark Lewis talk about the metrics for the content carpenter; and a panel discussion chaired by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, that presents its take on the future role of a technical writer. Attendance is free, but you must register to attend!
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Only onsite registration remains for the STC Summit after today
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Online registration at the Advance Rate ($1,050 members, $1,325 nonmembers) for the upcoming STC Summit, 5-8 May in Atlanta, closes today, 24 April. All further registrations must be completed onsite at the member rate of $1,325 or the nonmember rate of $1,475. Join keynote speaker and (recently announced!) Honorary Fellow David Pogue and your colleagues from around the world for education, networking, and a celebration of all things tech comm. Make sure you're at the best tech comm event of 2013 at the best rate possible!
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Elevate your career through certification with STC
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The Certified Professional Technical CommunicatorTM (CPTCTM) credential, offered by the STC Certification Commission, is relevant to all professionals looking to advance their career and distinguish themselves in a crowded market. Certification is an objective, personal credential, associated with job-hunting advantages and better employment opportunities. Earning your credential shows those in the industry you have advanced capabilities within the field. A certified staff with the most up-to-date skills in the technical communications field benefits employers also. Visit the website for more information about the CPTCTM credential and the application process.
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Advance your career with STC certificate courses
STC
STC currently has three certificate courses scheduled in the coming months. Starting in June, Leah Guren presents both TechComm 101 and TechComm 201, beginning 10 June and 11 June, respectively, and providing either a first or advance look at the profession of technical communication. And then in July, Sharon Burton returns with Topic-Based Authoring, starting on 18 July. These multi-week courses present the in-depth training you need to get ahead!
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Paul Boag launches Web methodology series
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Digital strategist and speaker Paul Boag has started a new series on his blog in order to provide clients (and also designers) with more idea into what goes on behind designing a website. The initial article explained that designers "love to emphasise the creativity of designing a website," but design is more effective when done in collaboration with clients. Additionally, he noted that business objectives need to be carefully examined before even considering design.

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CSS architectures: New best practices
Sitepoint
As you are well aware, the world of front-end development has evolved a lot over the past several years, as fresh minds have devised new approaches to solving age-old problems. Here are some of the latest best practices for front-end coding that will help your stylesheets and HTML considerably.

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Infographic: The post-PC era is here
FierceContentManagement
As you've probably heard, the world is heading into a post-PC era. What that means is that as mobile device use increases, the desktop PC begins to recede. That means, from an enterprise content management perspective, that you need to be thinking about content in motion, and from a Web content management perspective, you have to think about what that means in terms of presenting information to the end user.

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IN THE NEWS


iOS development with Xamarin.iOS and Visual Studio
Visual Studio Magazine
Developers working with Xamarin MonoTouch have been stuck with developing on a Macintosh and working with MonoDevelop. This hasn't been a bad thing. The Apple iOS SDK only runs on the Mac, so this requirement hasn't been a major limiting factor in iOS development. Unfortunately, .NET and C# developers are used to using Visual Studio. Xamarin Inc. has heard from those developers who want to integrate Visual Studio with iOS development. Xamarin recently introduced Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio. This plug-in allows developers using Visual Studio to write iPhone and iPad applications for the iPhone using the Microsoft .NET Framework and C#.
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What's new in jQuery 2.0
Sitepoint
The second branch of the Web's most popular JavaScript library was released on April 18. jQuery 2.0 is now available for download. But don't rush off and install it just yet — there is one major change you should know about first.
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ISOJ: Responsive Web design promises better user experience but challenges for advertisers
Knight Center of Journalism in the Americas
Anyone who has tried to open their local newspaper's website on a smartphone already knows what responsive web design is, or rather, what it should be. Responsive web design, or RWD, aims to create the optimal viewing experience for websites across multiple devices, from desktops to smartphones. A panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism, on April 19, discussed RWD and what it means for users and advertisers.
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Introducing: Practical JavaScript
Visual Studio Magazine
In the first installment of Practical JavaScript, Peter Vogel describes how a client-side skeptic evolved into a JavaScript fan thanks to several tools and a book. He also shares why he's concerned about TypeScript and where he's going to take this .NET-oriented JavaScript column over the next few months.
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HTML5, older browsers and the shiv
Sitepoint
HTML5 introduced a few semantic elements that are not supported in older browsers. Some of these new elements are no different than generic block elements so they don't pose any compatibility problems. All you need to ensure compatibility is to add a CSS rule to your website that causes the relevant elements to behave like block elements. But Internet Explorer versions 8 and under pose a challenge. Fortunately, a workaround exists. It's a tool called HTML5Shiv.
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