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We'll be wrapping up Mobile First in the next few weeks and have author Luke Wroblewski joining us on March 28. You can see a video of Luke's Mobile First Presentation from An Event Apart, published today on A List Apart - http://aneventapart.com/news/2012/03/09/video-luke-wroblewski-mobile-first-live-at-an-event-apart/

I'm going to suggest a few books and would like your input. The Book Apart books are great because they take 4 - 6 weeks to cover them in detail.

1. HTML 5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith (http://www.abookapart.com/products/html5-for-web-designers_

The HTML5 spec is 900 pages and hard to read. HTML5 for Web Designers is 85 pages and fun to read. Easy choice. HTML5 is the longest HTML specification ever written. It is also the most powerful, and in some ways, the most confusing. What do accessible, content-focused standards-based web designers and front-end developers need to know? And how can we harness the power of HTML5 in today’s browsers? In this brilliant and entertaining user’s guide, Jeremy Keith cuts to the chase, with crisp, clear, practical examples, and his patented twinkle and charm.


2. Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter (http://www.abookapart.com/products/designing-for-emotion)

Make your users fall in love with your site via the precepts packed into this brief, charming book by MailChimp user experience design lead Aarron Walter. From classic psychology to case studies, highbrow concepts to common sense, Designing for Emotion demonstrates accessible strategies and memorable methods to help you make a human connection through design.


3. The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane (http://www.abookapart.com/products/the-elements-of-content-strategy)

Content strategy is the web’s hottest new thing. But where did it come from? Why does it matter? And what does the content renaissance mean for you? This brief guide explores content strategy’s roots, and quickly and expertly demonstrates not only how it’s done, but how you can do it well. A compelling read for both experienced content strategists and those making the transition from other fields.

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Good meeting today with the book club covering Chapter 2 of Mobile First. Half of the crew was on camera - +Jason Pamental +Daniel Lewis +Stephen Cross +John Picozzi and John Cook. Also on the call was +Tim Dickens +Jay Lee +Kath Beck , Jerry McCreary, +Kerri Lemoie, Valdez Artis
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We had our first book club session covering Mobile First (Luke Wroblewski) reviewing chapter 1. If you need to make a case for paying attention to mobile, this chapter has all the information you need.

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The Web Design Book Club will start reviewing Luke Wrobleski's Mobile First on February 8th.

There are a few seats left, if interested e-mail stephenacross@gmail.

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Our book club session on Adaptive Web Design is wrapping up next week with Arron joining us.

In six months we armed ourselves with knowledge and skills from Designing with Web Standards, Responsive Web Design and Adaptive Web Design. Next up...

Mobile First, another Book Apart publication, by Luke Wroblewski.

"Our industry’s long wait for the complete, strategic guide to mobile web design is finally over. Former Yahoo! design architect and co-creator of Bagcheck Luke Wroblewski knows more about mobile experience than the rest of us, and packs all he knows into this entertaining, to-the-point guidebook. Its data-driven strategies and battle tested techniques will make you a master of mobile—and improve your non-mobile design, too!"

http://www.abookapart.com/products/mobile-first

We are switching to Wednesday, with the first day February 8, 8AM. Have room for 10.

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We had a good book club session today; Chapter #3 - Adaptive Web Design.

One discuss was around how people are handling conditional CSS for IE.

#1 - Leave IE CSS inline with non-IE CSS using a conditional class in the HTML tag

<!--[if lt IE 7 ]> <html class="ie6"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 7 ]> <html class="ie7"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 8 ]> <html class="ie8"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 9 ]> <html class="ie9"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if (gt IE 9)|!(IE)]><!--> <html class=""> <!--<![endif]-->

#2 - (more traditional) conditional inclusion of style sheets

<!--[if lt IE 8]>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/CSS/ielt8.css">
<![endif]-->

-S

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