Speaking at the FronteersJam for the third time this year was really a blast again. Instead of talking about accessibility again like in 2010 and 2011, I opted for a more general theme: Defaults. Or making choices beforehand, so your life gets easier because you already know answers before you encounter a problem.
It’s incredibly difficult to maintain a baseline grid in a medium as inconsistent and fluid as a web page. Images, form elements, rendering differences between browsers and platforms: these can all throw a baseline grid out of phase. This only gets worse when you’re setting up a design for someone else to implement or maintain, as we often do in client work. In other words, if you’re not intimately familiar with the intricacies of a given grid system, it’s incredibly easy to mess it up.