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.
Thanks to the organizers, all Fronteers(Jam) talks are available or will me made available online online, including mine :
And here are the slides, without notes and with notes. (Speakerdeck’s embedding option seems not to work here. Need to investigate that.)
Jason Santa Maria about the reasons why baseline grids are not native to the web and should be avoided:
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.