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Designing for mobile: Responsive design vs. mobilized sites vs. mobile app
ITworld
There are three main approaches to providing information and interaction to mobile device users: Responsive (and adaptive) Web design, mobilized websites, and mobile apps. Which option is best for your business will depend on your use case, your users' habits, and, of course, your budget. Here, developers, designers, and other mobile experts weigh in to help you decide which approach makes the most sense for you.
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Technical writing for consultants' reports: Some dos and don'ts
Australian Mining
This article looks at some of the most common errors and lapses from grace noted in a large number of reports written over the years by an assortment of consultants.
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Salary guide for UX professionals (infographic)
Business 2 Community
User Experience (UX) is currently one of the hottest professions in the creative digital sphere — and so it is critical that you understand your worth. The truth of the matter, however, is that salaries for UX professionals vary pretty significantly based on the needs of the hiring company, the specific requirements of the position, and your level of experience. The brand new Onward Search Salary Guide offers a terrific snapshot of the best job markets, the most in-demand job titles, and salary ranges for UX professionals.
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Read the May issue of Intercom
Intercom
The May issue of Intercom, with a theme of Content Strategy and guest edited by Alan Porter, has been posted to Intercom Online. STC members receive free online access to the award-winning Intercom with membership, and the articles are full of practical examples and applications of technical communication to promote your professional development. For the May issue, we've made one article open to the public: "Telling the Right Story: Proving the Business Value of Content" by Alyson Riley, Andrea L. Ames, and Eileen Jones. This article takes an in-depth look at an IBM study and concludes that our stories need to start including a direct tie to the key performance indicators and metrics that drive the broader business in order to be heard by the right audience. We invite members to share this article in your organization and for nonmembers to check it out and see the type of information Intercom brings members on a regular basis.
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'Attend' the Summit with Summit@aClick
STC
Even if you missed the STC Summit you can still "attend" many of the sessions with Summit@aClick. Summit@aClick takes audio recordings of most of the sessions and synchs them with the PowerPoint presentation to allow you to review the sessions at your leisure, wherever and whenever you want. If you need to review DITA in August, Summit@aClick is there. If your department decides to explore XML in November, you can bring up a few sessions to share. And if you're assigned a new job duty in January, Summit@aClick can help. Summit@aClick is now live and ready for use! Order by 30 June and get a special discount rate of $149 for members, $249 for nonmembers.
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Last chance to sign up for TechComm 101 or 201
STC
Are you early in your tech comm career or looking to take the next step? Leah Guren presents a pair of STC certificate courses geared toward helping you advance your career, but they start next week so hurry! TechComm 101 is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication, while TechComm 201 is a more advanced course that helps you progress in your chosen field. Register today and take $100 off the cost of TechComm 201! Just register online and you'll receive the discount automatically. Pick the one that's best for you and take the first or next step in your career. If TechComm 101 or 201 isn't for you, STC has a number of other certificate courses to help advance your career. Currently scheduled are DITA from Legacy to the Future, Topic-Based Authoring, a special two-day Technical Editing Fundamentals, and Undiscovered Country: Master Writer.
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Exclusive savings on HP business products for STC members
STC
STC members can now enjoy special pricing on a wide range of HP business products you use every day, including printers, notebooks, desktops, tablets, servers, storage, networking and much more. As an STC member, you can enjoy discounts on reliable HP business products, flexible financing and leasing options, and solutions specialists to assist you. Choosing HP can help boost your efficiency while cutting costs. Take advantage of this valuable member benefit from STC today.
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It takes more than RWD to keep visitors engaged
FierceContentManagement
When it comes to delivering a mobile web experience, it takes more than simply using all the right tools to deliver an optimal one because speed counts in a big way. In fact, as this infographic illustrates, mobile users are a mighty impatient bunch. Forty percent will leave if a mobile website doesn't load in just 3 seconds and 80 percent won't come back if they have a bad experience accessing your website.

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Learn JavaScript online
SitePoint
SitePoint and Learnable are working to build a network of ways you can acquire Web skills as you want and need them. Here are three ways you can learn a lot of JavaScript online. Whether you're solving an immediate problem, expanding your skill set, starting from scratch or exploring advanced techniques, you have several options.

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6 mobile design pitfalls that ruin the user experience
Akihabara News
Having a mobile-optimized website is a must today — visitors will simply bounce upon landing on a site that looks wonky from their smartphones. There are a few major design musts and a few mishaps to be avoided at all costs when it comes to mobile design. Follow a few basic rules, and you can avoid messy mistakes that make your mobile site difficult to use.

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HTML5: Winning developer hearts and minds — but with some holdouts
eWeek
The emergence of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS — core Web development technologies — has taken the industry by storm, with major players moving to make the technologies part of their primary tool chains. HTML5 is sought after because it enables developers to create apps that run on multiple platforms without the need for changes to suit each individual platform. Under ideal conditions, that is.
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UX consultant slams 'teflon-coated' designers
.net
User experience consultant Harry Brignull has railed at Web industry folk who pass the buck and don't fight for more accountability in projects. In a blog post titled, "Are you in a teflon-coated UX role?," he argued that taking such a position may feel safe, but in reality it means not improving your skills. Additionally, it contributes to the poor reputation UX people have for "delivering formulaic rhetoric and not delivering the goods."
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How to build a better tag cloud in WordPress
SitePoint
Once you've defined a great set of tags for your WordPress posts (or pages), you'll want to display a tag cloud from somewhere in your template. This is normally achieved using the wp_tag_cloud() or wp_generate_tag_cloud() functions which do the hard work for you. However, for those wanting more control, you can write a PHP function that returns a customized tag cloud.
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21 gorgeous mobile navigation designs
Design Festival
While design isn't always everything, a functional yet beautifully designed navigational menu is the keystone of a smooth, intuitive app experience that gets you the content and information that you need exactly when and where you need it. Here are 21 of these masterfully-​​designed mobile interfaces.
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A simple CMS in Sinatra, part II
Ruby Source
In part one, we installed MongoDB and used Mongoid to create some pages for our Simple CMS. We also built a Web front-end for adding and viewing pages. In this tutorial, we're going to add the other two CRUD operations that will allow users to edit and delete pages.
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Test-driven development with Meteor
SitePoint
Meteor is a revolutionary JavaScript framework that allows you to create realtime single page Web applications very quickly. It's an OpenSource project, but unlike other projects, it has serious funding to keep up the rapid development. Although Meteor is still young, many people are keen to build high volume production apps with it. But before shipping a single line of code, you need to test it. Unfortunately, Meteor doesn’t have an official testing framework — yet.
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Web industry urged to embrace color accessibility
.net
Awareness of accessibility is again growing in the Web industry. However, accessibility extends into often overlooked areas. Designer and illustrator Geri Coady has long said color is one such example. Coady spoke to .net about why color accessibility is important and how integrating it into your workflow won't force you to sacrifice creative freedom.
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