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The Beginning of the Mouse

MouseSite is a fascinating resource exploring the history of human-computer interaction beginning in the 1960s at Stanford Research Institute with Doug Engelbart and his colleagues, including how and when the first computer mouse was developed by Engelbart.

Engelbart, now 75, has led an amazing life, with the patent for the mouse just one of a massive list of credits described at his Bootstrap Alliance site. He continues to lead a highly productive life, including working with volunteers through his Institute to design a prototype open-hyperdocument system (OHS). In 2000 he was awarded the U.S.’s highest honor available in technology, the National Medal of Technology.

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I Wrote a Book

Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists  Via Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint Books (July 2006). 

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Recommended Books

Web Style Guide - Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, 2nd Ed., by Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton. Yale University Press, March 2002.

Cover: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Sixth Edition. By Elizabeth Castro. Pub. Peachpit Press August 2006.

Hand-picked best book recommendations for Web site design, CSS, graphics, Photoshop, color, accessibility, more

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