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24 ways to impress your friends


Scourge of browser vendors everywhere, WaSP buzzed its last in March. Dave Shea’s CSS Zen Garden celebrated its tenth anniversary in May, and Google Glass was released. Ever broad in its interests, 24 ways tamed Grunt, URLs and GitHub Pages, encouraged readers to write and publish books, and leavened all that with goodies on project management, web typography and SVG.

  1. Run Ragged

    Mark Boulton

    Mark Boulton completes our calendar with some typographic techniques to improve the reading experience. Typography, like Christmas and advent calendars, relies on the accumulation of small gains for its best effects.

  2. Untangling Web Typography

    Nicole Sullivan

    Nicole Sullivan understands how the accumulated weight of small typographic decisions can mount up into a tangle of CSS declarations. With a new tool at your disposal you can take stock and clear up the mess like it’s Boxing Day.

  3. How to Write a Book

    Jonathan Snook

    Jonathan Snook knows that writing and publishing are different things, and relates his experience of creating an ebook, exploring the formats and the tools to set you on your merry way. Will 2014 be the year of your book?

  4. Project Hubs: A Home Base for Design Projects

    Brad Frost

    Brad Frost outlines a simple tool that can track a project’s design decisions and assets, and keeps everyone involved up to date and in the browser. It’s like a deep spoon scooping the brandy butter of progress onto the Christmas pudding of web project management.

  5. Credits and Recognition

    Geri Coady

    Geri Coady lavishes us with her generous spirit of appreciation and approbation for co-workers, webfellows and colleagues. By crediting everyone involved, you can be a not-so-secret Santa.

  6. The Responsive Hover Paradigm

    Jenn Lukas

    Jenn Lukas twinkles like a guiding star in the deep Christmas night, casting her light on the interactivity issues raised by combined hover- and touch-enabled devices. With a little thought about designing for our content, we can add some seasonal sparkle.

  7. Why Bother with Accessibility?

    Laura Kalbag

    Laura Kalbag stamps the snow off the boots of web accessibility, making positive cases for its foundational place in our work. Accessibility is like the washing up after dinner on Christmas Day: you could leave it to someone else, but it won’t be done right.

  8. Levelling Up

    Ashley Baxter

    Ashley Baxter recounts her experience of developing an app better suited to her customers’ needs, even though she isn’t a programmer. With a new year approaching as fast as the old one can carry it, get building.

  9. Git for Grown-ups

    Emma Jane Westby

    Emma Jane Westby recommits us to version control by pushing a more mature approach to Git that merges relevant application with practical tips. Christmas might be for the children, but learning is for everyone, in[n]it?

  10. Make Your Browser Dance

    Ruth John

    Ruth John ushers the Christmas party disco online using the Web Audio API to festoon your browser with some twinkling scripted lights that pulse along with your favourite festive tunes. So don’t be a wallflower — Santa’s up all night to get lucky…

  11. URL Rewriting for the Fearful

    Drew McLellan

    Drew McLellan opens 24 ways’ ninth annual advent calendar with a primer on the sometimes arcane lore of rewriting URLs. But while Drew may ably match URL patterns using regular expressions, that shirt with the snowflake pattern clashes hideously with his holly and ivy tie…