Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement

by Aaron Gustafson


Aaron Gustafson

Aaron has been working on the web for nearly 15 years and, in that time, has cultivated a love of web standards and an in-depth knowledge of website strategy and architecture, interface design, and numerous languages (including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP). Aaron and his wife, Kelly McCarthy, own Easy! Designs, a boutique web consultancy based in Chattanooga, TN. When not neck deep in code, Aaron is usually found evangelizing his findings and sharing his knowledge and passion with others in the field.

Aaron has trained professionals at the New York Times, Gartner, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (among others), and has presented at the world’s foremost web conferences, such as An Event Apart and Web Directions. He is Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and serves as an Invited Expert to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA). He created eCSStender, serves as Technical Editor for A List Apart, is a contributing writer for .net Magazine, and has filled a small library with his technical writing and editing credits.


Easy! Readers books are skillfully and cleverly written publications that explore best practices and web standards for seasoned and aspiring web professionals. Reigning web practitioner, Aaron Gustafson, and industry peers author a series of books that address holistic approaches to crafting top-notch websites.

With a strong focus on usability and accessibility, Easy! Readers’ mission is to guide readers through the origins, philosophies and practical uses of various topics as they relate to web standards. Because the web is an ever-changing medium whose scope, audience and platform continue to change and grow, we are dedicated to bringing you content that is dynamic and relevant.

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In print, the book is set in Fresco Plus and its companion, Fresco Sans Plus, both by Fred Smeijers. The book and chapter titles are set in Trade Gothic by Jackson Burke. Code is set in FF OCR F by Albert-Jan Pool.

In ePub and Mobi, the book is set in Fanwood by Barry Schwartz. The book titles are set in Trade Gothic by Jackson Burke. Chapter and section titles are set in League Gothic by The League of Moveable Type and Ostrich Sans by Tyler Finck. Code is set in Inconsolata by Raph Levien.

We believe in supporting local business and sustainable practices. The print version of this book was printed by Starkey Printing Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The paper used—100lb Chorus Art Silk Cover and 80lb Chorus Art Silk Text—is FSC certified and made with 50% recycled (30% post-consumer) content.

Back Cover of Adaptive Web Design by Aaron Gustafson