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Top 10 front-end development frameworks
SitePoint
As the Web matures and the range of mobile devices we use to access it rapidly grows, our jobs as Web designers and developers get considerably more complicated. So far we've seen that, at least for now, responsive Web design is an sufficient solution for fighting with the growing device diversity, but what are the actual tools and technologies to implement it in our designs? Do we have to be Web gurus to handle it or will just the essential skills we already have be enough? Are there any tools that can help us? This is where front-end development frameworks come into play.
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7 cool web design trends to watch
iMediaConnection
Whether it's your homepage, a microsite, a landing page or any other piece of virtual real estate you own on the Web, design, development, functionality and user experience are paramount. Plain-Jane HTML just isn't going to cut it. And it shouldn't. There have been many advances in Web design technology, and brands have no excuse for not spending the time and effort required to create a truly wonderful Web experience.
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A rough guide to frame rate in website design
Smashin Magaznie
Frame rate is the speed at which a device produces consecutive images to a screen. A low frames per second (FPS) means that individual frames can be made out by the eye. A high FPS gives users a more responsive feel. You're probably used to this concept from the world of gaming, but it applies to the Web, too.
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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 will be live roughly six to eight weeks after the event, but preorder by 30 June and get a special discount rate of $149 for members, $249 for nonmembers.
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Advance your career with STC certificate courses
STC
STC's certificate courses are a great way to get in-depth, advanced learning and help you take the next step in your career! Our courses are multi-week, online education with a leading instructor from the field. Currently scheduled are Topic-Based Authoring, presented by Sharon Burton from 18 July-22 August; a special two-day Technical Editing Fundamentals, presented by Linda Oestreich and Michelle Corbin on 9 August and 23 August (all day each day); and Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton from 2 October-30 October.
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Are you in the new TechComm Buyers' Guide?
TechComm Buyers' Guide
STC's Buyers' Guide has undergone multiple iterations. It started as a PDF then moved online; now we've upgraded it again with a new-and-improved online version by MultiView, the TechComm Buyers' Guide. The TechComm Buyers' Guide includes a wide variety of products and services in multiple categories, including speakers and trainers, professional services, business services, creative services, and technology and software. We encourage all technical communicators with something to offer or sell to create a listing and help populate it. It's our hope that the TechComm Buyers' Guide will become the go-to place for any STC member—and anyone in technical communication—with a need for products or services in the industry.

All STC members are able to provide a basic listing for free, and those wishing to add more detail (such as logos, company descriptions, social media, etc.) will work directly with MultiView to purchase. Click on Advertisers in the upper right and Create a New Listing to begin. For assistance, please contact MultiView: call (800) 816-6710 or email stc@multiview.com. STC will be unable to assist with any issues, so you must contact MultiView.

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Free preview of 2013 Salary Database available
STC
STC has shared an early look at this year's Salary Database, with a brief summary and some of the charts and maps that will be highlighted in the upcoming publication. This unique publication, now in its seventh year, has become a highly valued resource for job-hunters and hiring managers in evaluating salary offers and recruiting strategies as well as for independent consultants and project managers estimating labor costs, location strategies, and industry analysis. The full report will be available free to all STC members soon, but we invite everyone to review the preview report today.
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Salary guide for UX jobs
PayScale
User Experience (UX) designers have become an integral part of the digital world. Onward Search put together an infographic to outline UX jobs pay, the types of UX jobs that are in demand, and the cities with the highest demand for UX professionals.

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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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Free preview of 2013 Salary Database available
STC
STC has shared an early look at this year’s Salary Database, with a brief summary and some of the charts and maps that will be highlighted in the upcoming publication. The full report will be available free to all STC members later in the year, but we invite everyone to review the preview report today.

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What is the principle behind the 'flat' UI / UX design being adopted by Apple, Google and Microsoft?
Forbes
Marci Ikeler, designer and founder of Little Arrows, believes that the flat design trend is a symptom of the growing maturity in the field of Web and interface design. She writes, "This maturity applies to our designers — who are getting better at making interfaces that encourage interactivity and engagement — as well as to our users. Internet penetration continues to grow, not only in the developed world, but also in the so-called third world — where mobile penetration has leap-frogged the Internet."
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Build a responsive design using 960 grid
Design Festival
Media queries are an amazing feature of CSS that allow the browser to detect the screen size the site visitor is using. Then, based upon the detected screen size, the CSS can be delivered specifically to fit the current constraints. This article looks at creating a set of CSS specific to the screen size of the user's screen. Using media queries, we can stage this very nicely and give ourselves near infinite control of the layout.
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Chrome extensions: Bridging the gap between layers
SitePoint
Building a Chrome extension is meant to be easy and in many ways, it is. The documentation is really well done and has loads of examples. Also, it's quite easy to inspect any of the ones you've installed already to see the magic going on behind. But the communication between multiple iframes, the current DOM, the Chrome Background Javascript file and other layers that Chrome offers is not the easiest thing to do.
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WYSIWYG Web Builder 9 adds ribbon interface, Google Web Fonts support
PC & Tech Authority
Pablo Software Solutions has released WYSIWYG Web Builder 9, a major new version of its DTP-style web building tool for Windows users. Version 9 debuts a completely redesigned user interface based on the ribbon found in Microsoft Office and other products. It also adds support for Google Web Fonts, bundles new and improved navigation objects, animations and transitions and supports CMS plug-ins for the first time.
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Test and debug HTML5 apps remotely on Windows Phone 8 devices
Visual Studio Magazine
Web developers know that although testing and debugging an HTML5-based Web app on the desktop is possible, it's far from optimal. Problems crop up that are sometimes only found when debugging on an actual mobile device. That's where weinre comes in.
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Gliffy goes HTML5, adds Visio support
PCWorld
Gliffy, the Web-based diagram creation and editing utility, has been rewritten in HTML5, allowing its developer to add a slew of new features, including support for Microsoft Visio as well as Google Drive cloud storage. Chris Kohlhardt, chief executive of Gliffy, said the shift from Flash to HTML5 was "highly risky," but something that the developers have seen as necessary for the last two years to improve performance.
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