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The 10 hottest JavaScript framework projects
InfoWorld
Trying to decide which JavaScript UI framework will best meet the needs of your project and organization? With 10 strong contenders, there's a lot to consider. Over the past few years we've seen tremendous growth in UX libraries and frameworks — most of which are open source. Much has been written comparing the use of, approach to, and completeness of these frameworks. But often overlooked are the metrics tracking the size, strength, and momentum of the communities and ecosystems surrounding these open source projects. These stats should play a key role in your selection.
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10 simple tips for improving mobile form UX
Econsultancy
UX design in ecommerce is largely about reducing the impact of any points of friction and making the experience as pleasurable as possible for your users. One aspect that is ripe for causing friction is form design, as it's quite natural for users to find the process tedious. Therefore site owners have to take care to make forms as simple as possible for their users and reduce any unnecessary barriers or the need to re-enter information.
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Usability and Accessibility Virtual Conference rescheduled
STC
The STC/UXPA virtual conference, Applying Accessibility and Usability In Your Workplace, has been rescheduled for 5-7 November, from 12:30-3:15 PM EST (GMT-5) each day. This unique, three-day, online event will include presentations on many aspects of accessibility and usability and how they fit into the bigger picture of Web and product development. With the application of usability and accessibility skills, your products and services will show a commitment to understanding your customers and accommodating those who may have challenges. The virtual conference speakers will cover a wide but important variety of topics in a short and convenient time frame. If you have never seen usability testing conducted with the differently abled, you will have your opportunity. Concerned about 508? We'll provide you an update. From ethics to design, communication to gaming—this conference is for the novice through the experienced professional.
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2014 STC membership season now open; Member Get a Member in full swing
STC
The 2014 membership season for the Society for Technical Communication is now open and our Member Get a Member campaign has started as well! Members, renew now to take take advantage of our early renewal discount; check your email for the promo code. Nonmembers, join today for 2014 and you'll get the rest of 2013 for free. That's 15 months for the price of 12. And everyone can refer or recruit a new member and be entered to win great prizes! See http://www.stc.org/mgam for more details on how you can win. For additional information on joining STC or renewing your membership, click "read more" below or contact Megan McBroom at megan.mcbroom@stc.org. And thanks to the hundreds of members who have already renewed for 2014!
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Why enter an STC competition? Free webinar explains
STC
STC offers a free webinar, How You and Your Organization Can Benefit from the International Summit Awards, on Wednesday, 16 October, from 3:00-4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). The International Summit Awards, commonly referred to as the STC "competitions," are an opportunity for you to enter your work for consideration and evaluation in several categories. The process starts at the chapter level (you may enter any chapter's competition) and continues to the International Summit Awards. This free seminar will explain how the awards are not "just another certificate" but can benefit you in several ways. Learn how the awards can provide professional development for you and feedback to your company on the quality of your product.
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Have an hour? Take a webinar
STC
There are still plenty of STC live Web seminars waiting for you this October, including another webinar that's free to STC members. STC Vice President Kit Brown-Hoekstra presents the free webinar Catalysts: Changing the World by Doing Our Jobs on Tuesday, 29 October, from 11:00 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4), to look at different kinds of change and how technical communicators can influence and change processes to make our world a better place. There are plenty of other webinars scheduled on a wide variety of topics as well, including a special "horror" themed webinar on Halloween! See the full schedule at the link below and join us for an hour of introduction, education, and sometimes even entertainment.
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Expand your writing with an STC online course
STC
Two STC online courses focused on writing start in early November: Undiscovered Country: Master Writer and Writing Effective User Documentation, both presented by Sharon Burton. These multi-week courses are perfect to help you take the next step in your career. Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, runs on a compressed schedule, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 November through 19 November, from 5:30-7:00 PM EST (GMT-5) each session, and focuses on information design. Writing Effective User Documentation takes place every Wednesday from 6 November through 12 December, Noon-1:30 PM EST (GMT-5), and helps you learn what “good” user documentation is and how to create it, how to plan meeting deadlines and deliverables, and how to meet the cost requirements of your company. Sign up for one of these courses today!
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Google creates a great HTML5 design tool — with 1 gaping flaw
CITEworld
Google's Web Designer, which recently launched, fills a hole in the world of HTML 5 development tools. With Adobe moving Dreamweaver into its Creative Cloud (and keeping its Edge HTML 5 tooling for subscribers), and Microsoft folding its Expression and Blend Web design tools into Visual Studio, there aren't many low cost professional grade tools available. With more and more enterprise applications using web APIs and HTML 5 user interfaces, that's a big gap that needs filling. Unfortunately, Google also seems to be using the tool as a way to promote Chrome.
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How to do responsive Web design right: Infographic
MarketingProfs
People have little tolerance for websites that don't accommodate their mobile devices: For example, 74 percent of mobile visitors will abandon a site if it takes more than five seconds to download, according to the research cited in the following WhoIsHostingThis? infographic. Responsive Web design is one of the best ways of ensuring that your audience's online experience is equally viable across mobile and desktop environments, particularly if yours is an e-commerce site. So start planning for responsive Web design now.
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SEO strategies for designers
SitePoint
For years now we've heard the phrase "SEO is dead" being bandied around the net. It's fair to say that these days, SEO encompasses a range of techniques, rather than just optimizing a site, so it's probably better described as digital marketing overall. But what, if anything, does SEO mean to the Web designer? Is it their job to ensure that the site has the correct meta information and on-page keywords? Or is it just the technicalities like site structure that they should concentrate on?
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Native vs. HTML5: How the auto industry is forcing change for the mobile Web
VentureBeat
Imagine a world where developers can fund and maintain multiple variations of the same application without worrying about the ever-changing dynamics of mobile hardware and operating systems. Users could enjoy seamless access from any screen. And even though a Web-based approach to mobile application development seems like the best one, the question remains: are HTML5 apps ready for primetime?
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5 killer Web design tips that will make your life easier
The Huffington Post
We all want to have a beautifully designed website and yet, it's surprisingly hard. So what is it that great designers know that the rest of us don't? The key to great Web design is really very simple: you've got to understand the universal rules of good design and follow them, all the time.

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How can I use an iPad for Web development and programming?
Lifehacker
Bug alert! But you're on the road. All you have is your iPad, and maybe a Bluetooth keyboard. What to do? The Apple devs at Stack Exchange offer up some wisdom on developing on the road.

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Content strategy for mobile Web design
SitePoint
There's no getting away from it, mobile Internet is not going away any time soon and for those designers that have been avoiding it, now's the time to face it. Rightly so, many designers are taking the "mobile first" approach to ensure that a mobile site, even if it's a responsive one, performs to the best of its ability.

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How to make pragmatic, purposeful typography choices
SitePoint
Psychologists have proven that typography has a significant measurable effect on the influence and interpretation of your written copy. With this in mind, typography could be the most important part of any design, and it should be chosen purposefully and pragmatically — not based on the whims or personal preferences of any designer. You could have beautiful images and a great layout, but if you choose the wrong typeface, it can ruin the entire design.
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Web app coders: Clean up your act
InfoWorld
When writing JavaScript front ends, is your workflow all over the place? Do you cling to repetitive actions instead of automating? Then this advice is for you.
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