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This is a collection of the articles I've written over the past 8 years, I've edited and tidied them up for clarity. I also got rid of a lot of older, less relevant (read: stupid) articles. I'm going for clean, and quality.

Macaw: Could this be the front end web design tool we've all been waiting for?

Alex Holt

If you're a web designer or developer and you haven't been living under a rock this week (or on tight deadlines and trying to stay off twitter).. then you've probably already seen the screencast walkthrough of Macaw. 

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It's generated a fair bit of interest from people in my twitter stream, however the under discussed, yet arguably the most impressive feature of the entire video really comes at the last second - the code. This is the first time i've seen a WYSIWYG style editor that is trying to deal with modern issues, like responsive design, that produces decent markup.  

I'm sure that in practice there is a workflow that would need to be learned in order to get Macaw to actually generate clean semantic markup - however this is a massive leap in the right direction. One might even argue that this is what Muse should have been.

The other interesting tidbit is that @attasi alludes to the fact that the app is built on top of HTML/CSS technology, wrapped (assumedly in a Webview) - for a purely HTML application, the interface looks pretty sweet.

Convert CSS to SCSS

Alex Holt

One of the things i'm doing at the moment (very slowly) is converting all my CSS to SCSS. I find the maintainability so much better - today i found a tool to convert existing CSS to SCSS. Not bad.

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Gmail iOS app - Now supports push

Alex Holt

Google finally got around to updating their iOS app - it now supports push. Since I've blogged a bit about Sparrow recently, I figured I'd give everyone a quick update on where my iOS mail usage is currently sitting.

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Snapguide - iOS Interface Design

Alex Holt

So, a few weeks ago I came across Snapguide. It's a great howto and guide app for iOS. The thing that really struck me about this app is how well thought out the interface is. iOS is a great platform for building apps to consume content, however content creation is somewhat limited. The only apps that really do a good job of content creation are simple, one step creation apps (like: Instragram, Facebook etc). Where you only create one piece of content, and you provide minimal information.

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Section vs Div - HTML5 and Semantics

Alex Holt

​So, this week I've been teaching web design at Shillington College in Sydney. Today we had an interesting discussion about <section> vs <div> for marking up regions on a page in HTML5 - in our case: particularly the main content region (which previously we style as <div id="content">. The debate stemmed from the (somewhat obsessive) idea that <div>'s are evil.

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