Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design


HTML5 Boilerplate

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When starting a new project it will probably take you at least 15-20 minutes of getting your stuff together. Many times I found that exactly these routine tasks are the most annoying which keep us from being productive (and happy). So, go get the html5boilerplate.com and be happy 🙂

This project by 5 driven guys, Nicolas Gallagher, Hans Christian Reinl, Mathias Bynens, Paul Irish, Cãtãlin Mariş, and Divya Manian is a great starting point for any HTML based web development. Simply awesome!

The boilerplate bundle includes:

  • Directory structure (index file, img dir, js dir, css dir, etc.)
  • CSS reset using normalize.css
  • HTML5 feature detection through Modernizr
  • jQuery JavaScript framework (link to Google's CDN + local fallback)
  • Google Analytics snippet (just replace your own id)
  • Other really useful tips and tricks for better development

Free online book: Dive into HTML5

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Free online book: Dive into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.

The paper version is titled HTML5: Up and Running (O'Reilly, via Amazon).

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Five Things You Should Know About HTML5
  2. A Quite Biased History of HTML5
  3. Detecting HTML5 Features: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
  4. What Does It All Mean?
  5. Let’s Call It a Draw(ing Surface)
  6. Video in a Flash (Without That Other Thing)
  7. You Are Here (And So Is Everybody Else)
  8. A Place To Put Your Stuff
  9. Let’s Take This Offline
  10. A Form of Madness
  11. “Distributed,” “Extensibility,” And Other Fancy Words
  12. Manipulating History for Fun & Profit
  13. The All-In-One Almost-Alphabetical No-Bullshit Guide to Detecting Everything
  14. HTML5 Peeks, Pokes and Pointers

Highlights of Week 30/2011

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Highlights of Week 22/2011

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Highlights of Week 11/2011

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Thanks to everybody that sent me link suggestions. Here the highlights for week 11/2011:


Highlights of Week 42/2010

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HTML5 and the Future of Adobe Flash [and Silverlight]

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Really interesting research note by Gartner.

Key findings:

  • HTML5 will become the mainstream of the Web during the next decade.
  • HTML5 is a potential threat to the continued adoption of plug-in based RIA approaches (including Flash/Silverlight).


  • Enterprises should try avoid becoming dependent on any one browser or client-side technology.
  • Enterprise developers should “design for standards” and not browsers or runtimes.
  • Developers should favor the lightest-weight technology that will meet their requirements.
  • Architects should consider hybrid approaches […]
  • Before purchasing or committing to a new UI technology or platform, enterprises should first invest in a user-centered design process based on objective data about user behavior.

Complete Analysis: http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/pdfs/html5_flash.pdf

On a personal note I especially like the following part (btw: brilliantly written):

The average enterprise will continue to make ineffective use of any and all available UI technologies.

The average enterprise will continue to make ineffective use of any and all available UI technologies.