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Since 1998–the design magazine for people who make websites.
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Help keep the web open and free! Contribute to open source projects. Andrés Galante tells you everything you need to know—from first steps to becoming a core contributor. Get your indie web on!

https://alistapart.com/article/make-something-great-become-an-open-source-contributor
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Make Something Great: Become an Open Source Contributor - My first contribution to Bootstrap was a tiny line of CSS. It was a no-brainer to merge, but the feeling of seeing that bit of code in the project’s codebase was unreal and addictive. You may think that open source is not for you. After all, it has always been a developer-dominant ecosystem. But code is by no means the only thing a piece of software is made of. Open source is first and foremost about community. Whether you’re a desig...
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What is Typesetting? - A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Tim Brown’s Flexible Typesetting, from A Book Apart. Typesetting is the most important part of typography, because most text is meant to be read, and typesetting involves preparing text for reading. You’re already great at typesetting. Think about it. You choose good typefaces. You determine font sizes and line spacing. You decide on the margins that surround text elements. You set media quer...
What is Typesetting?
What is Typesetting?
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Between highly variable screen sizes (and thereby line lengths), font size variability, and even font availability, it’s difficult to design great reading experiences. Tim Brown’s Flexible Typesetting is here to help.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 “What is Typesetting?”: http://ow.ly/k3L330lkxZR
What is Typesetting?
What is Typesetting?
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Variable scope has always been tricky in JavaScript. ECMAScript 6 introduced new features to give us more control. What are these new features, which should we choose, and how should we use them? ALA’s Brandon Gregory tells all.

https://alistapart.com/article/fixing-variable-scope-issues-with-ecmascript-6
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Fixing Variable Scope Issues with ECMAScript 6 - Variable scope has always been tricky in JavaScript, particularly when compared to more structured languages like C and Java. For years, there wasn’t much talk about it because we had few options for really changing it. But ECMAScript 6 introduced some new features to help give developers more control of variable scope. Browser support is pretty great and these features are ready to use for most developers today. But which to choose? And what...
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No more walled gardens! In today’s A List Apart, Chris Aldrich show us how the Webmentions standard smashes the walls between the internet’s many social silos, providing a new level of freedom, creativity, and context for modern web interactions. Don’t miss this article.

https://alistapart.com/article/webmentions-enabling-better-communication-on-the-internet
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Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet - Over 1 million Webmentions will have been sent across the internet since the specification was made a full Recommendation by the W3C—the standards body that guides the direction of the web—in early January 2017. That number is rising rapidly, and in the last few weeks I’ve seen a growing volume of chatter on social media and the blogosphere about these new “mentions” and the people implementing them. So what are Webmentions and wh...
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What’s the difference between an HTML tag & an HTML element? Glad you asked:

https://www.lifewire.com/html-tag-vs-element-3466507 Hat tip: @iamjolly
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Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job - A few years ago, a former boss of mine emailed me out of the blue and asked for a resource that would help him and his colleagues organize information more effectively. Like a dutiful friend, I sent him links to a few articles and the names of some professional writing books. And I qualified my answer with that dreaded disclaimer: “Advice varies widely depending on the situation.” Implication: “You’ll just have to figure ...
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