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2009 Website New Design Live in HTML5

An Event Apart, the educational two-day conference for people who make websites, launched a newly designed and developed website to communicate 2009 speakers and locations. The site sports a redesign created by Jeffrey Zeldman and coded by Eric Meyer. It features the speakers, locale, pricing, and content for all four An Event Apart (AEA) 2009 conferences. The new site answers the need in 2009 to provide plenty of information about An Event Apart, as decisions about conference-going are being made in a financially and psychologically constricted environment.

The main ingredient in the look of the new site was to paint an event-focused picture. The site features easy access to each of the four cities in which An Event Apart takes place this year, allowing users to quickly and easily focus on each city's speaker list and registration information. 2009 events will be held in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. Each location has its own speaker list, which always includes Zeldman and Meyer, founding partners in An Event Apart and legendary web design pioneers and authors.

"Family branding drove the original An Event Apart site, launched simultaneously with the 2005 redesign of A List Apart. Jason Santa Maria's stripped-down visual rethink was perfect for the magazine and is imitated, written about, and stolen outright to this day," said Jeffrey Zeldman, co-founder of An Event Apart. "But today, four years later, you need plenty of content to explain to the person who controls the purse strings what you will learn and why attending a different conference wouldn't be the same or just as good."

Since the website for An Event Apart represents content about the current and future state of web design and development, Eric Meyer coded the site using HTML5.

"I wanted to try out HTML5 for myself, under field conditions, to get a sense of how similar or dissimilar it is to what's gone before. Turns out the answers are "very much so" to the former and "frustratingly so" to the latter, assuming you're familiar with XHTML," said Meyer. "The major rules are pretty much all the same but HTML5 is filled with little differences, such as not permitting a value attribute on an image submit. That one came as a rather large surprise, and as a result, the An Event Apart subscribe page is coded with XHTML 1.0 Transitional instead of HTML5."

Whether the topic is creating the right content and features for your audience, designing pages that are a pleasure to read and use, or beating browsers and web gadgets into submission, An Event Apart and its presenters are as gung-ho about web design and development as you are. Each speaker has made genuine contributions to this industry and each is a star. Meyer and Zeldman will share their experience designing and developing their new An Event Apart website at all four 2009 conferences.

An Event Apart kicks off in Seattle on May 4 - 5, 2009 followed by Boston, June 22 - 23, Chicago, October 12 - 13, and finishing the year in San Francisco December 7 - 8, 2009. These two-day events all take place in one room, one track. You will learn with your colleagues, whether your title is designer, developer, or any of a dozen other titles. To register for the conference, visit the website.

An Event Apart: www.aneventapart.com

From the makers of A List Apart, An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you've been waiting for. Founded by web visionaries Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman, and dedicated to the proposition that the creators of great web experiences deserve a great learning experience, An Event Apart brings together twelve of the leading minds in web design for two days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment. An Event Apart receives support from A List Apart and Happy Cog. - New York, New York - Published on 01/21/09


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