Sessions at Fronteers 2010 on Friday 8th October

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  • Real-world Responsive Design

    by Stephen Hay

    With increasing interest in mobile, “responsive design” is a hot topic. Ethan Marcotte’s article for A List Apart started an avalanche of discussion about the use of media queries in taking adaptive layout to the next level. The discussion exposed some misunderstanding among designers and developers about the importance of media queries and ultimately the meaning of design. Find out which design questions need to be answered before creating truly responsive designs and which tools are currently available to develop them.

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Friday 8th October

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  • The State of HTML5: Inaugural Address

    by Paul Irish

    HTML5 and friends have been getting implemented in browsers at an impressively quick pace. But that leaves us as web developers wondering, “Great, but how am I supposed to build cross-browser applications with these features when I still have to support IE”.

    We’ll take a look at what the landscape of implementable features are, detailing best practices of implementation and fallback solutions where appropriate. For example, how do you pair WebSockets with a standard comet stack and what do you have to watch out for.

    We'll also review your available feature set if you’re only targeting WebKit mobile, or if you’ve already given IE6 the boot.

    The data will be up-to-the-day accurate, covering all major browsers and filled with best practices from topic experts.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Friday 8th October

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  • Creating lifelike designs with CSS3

    by Meagan Fisher

    CSS3 allows us to make designs feel like part of the natural world; with the organic curves of border radius, the subtle lighting effects of box-shadow, and the gentle glow of text-shadow, websites can feel more lifelike than ever. CSS3 animations and transitions add a new dimension of character to the experience of using a site, and multiple background images allow for rich textures. In my talk, I'll explain how you can use CSS3 techniques to make your designs jump off the screen.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 8th October

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  • High-Performance JavaScript

    by Nicholas C. Zakas

    For much of its existence, JavaScript has been slow. No one complained until developers created complex web applications with thousands of lines of JavaScript code. Although newer JavaScript engines have improved the situation, there’s still a lot to understand about what makes JavaScript slow and what you can do to speed up your code.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 8th October

  • HTML5 Accessibility: Is it ready yet?

    by Steve Faulkner and Hans Hillen

    What are the features in HTML5 that have the potential to:

    • make it easier for developers to provide a more accessible user experience?
    • make it harder for developers to provide a more accessible user experience?
    • Where does WAI-ARIA fit into the HTML5 accessibility story? How can WAI-ARIA fill the gaps in HTML5 UI accessibility?

    At 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Friday 8th October

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  • The Renaissance of Browser Animation

    by Cameron Adams

    Some consider it pure eye candy, but animation is quickly becoming a crucial part of everyday digital experiences – from playing games to reading your daily news. As the animation capability of browsers increases, rich, animated interfaces can feel not only more friendly and responsive but the polish that they bring can be a key differentiator in a market flooded with products.

    Cameron Adams will be talking about his experience creating animated online experiences in a range of technologies from HTML/CSS to Canvas, SVG & Flash. His history with all of these technologies gives him a unique insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each, so when you leave you'll know exactly the right tool to pick up when you approach a new interactive project.

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Friday 8th October

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  • Reasons to be cheerful

    by Christian Heilmann

    Being someone who works for the web is having the best job in the world. There is really nothing that compares in terms of creativity, sharing and reach. Of course there are nagging issues but if we really take a look from afar at what we are doing there is a lot of fun to be had. In this session Chris Heilmann will show just how cool it is to be who we are and how to get joy out of our day to day jobs even when we think that everything is against us. We have the tools, we have the knowledge, we have the time. What we lack sometimes is the knowledge where to look, what to use and how to sell ourselves. Here you’ll hear all about it and you will find a lot of reasons to be cheerful.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 8th October