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Adaptive Web Design


The web is an ever-changing medium whose scope, application, audience and platform continue to grow on a daily basis. If you’ve worked on the web for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard or used the term, “progressive enhancement.” Since its inception, the phrase has been considered an excellent practice for approaching web design. But what is it really? And how do we reconcile its meaning with the rapid evolution of the languages and browsers we rely on to do our jobs?

In this brief book, Aaron Gustafson chronicles the origins of progressive enhancement, its philosophy and mechanisms, and reveals the countless practical ways that you can apply progressive enhancement principles using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. By understanding progressive enhancement and how to apply it properly, web practitioners can craft experiences that serve users (rather than browsers), giving them access to content without technological restrictions.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: Think of the User, Not the Browser
  • Chapter 2: Progressive Enhancement With Markup
  • Chapter 3: Progressive Enhancement With CSS
  • Chapter 4: Progressive Enhancement With Javascript
  • Chapter 5: Progressive Enhancement for Accessibility
  • Chapter 6: Take It Away
  • Index

About the Author

Aaron Gustafson has nearly 15 years of experience on the web and in that time has cultivated a love of web standards as well as an in-depth knowledge of website strategy and architec­ture, interface design, and numerous languages (including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP). He co-founded Retreats 4 Geeks, an intimate technology training series, and is Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) where he has spearheaded both Web Standards Sherpa and a small business outreach effort. He wrote the JavaScript library eCSStender, serves as Technical Editor for A List Apart, is a contributing writer for .net magazine and has filled a small library with his technical writing and editing credits.

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