In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about an innovative live editing tool, get tips on how to jumpstart a user experience research program, read followups to last week’s WordCamp Columbus conference, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful for your projects.
If you’re new to my blog, each week I publish a post with CSS, HTML, accessibility, user experience and WordPress resources I’ve read in the past week. The weekly roundup started when my social media followers said they loved my resources, but would rather have them in one place. This post highlights some of those resources.
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” —Victor Hugo
— Esther Schindler (@estherschindler) August 11, 2013
CSS and HTML
- Emmet LiveStyle: Live editing tool Emmet LiveStyle has caught a lot of attention recently due to how it maps changes you make. Currently available for Chrome, Safari and Sublime Text, it’s free while in beta.
- HTML5 Storage: This short tutorial on HTML5 storage from SitePoint explains types of storage, how to check for browser support, and how to handle storage events.
- Language-wide Features in CSS: Louis Lazaris highlights four CSS properties and keywords you may not be currently using in your project, but offer great features. The new CSS3
initialkeyword looks interesting.
- How Much Navigation Can Responsive Patterns Hold?: Steve Bradley discusses current responsive navigation patterns and recommends minimal initial global navigation with delaying submenu options until the user visits that section of the site.
Showing every page across the site in your global navigation is overwhelming.
- Why Clients Don’t Care About Responsive Web Design: Martin Firth’s article describing his responsive web design approach for client projects garnered a lot of comments from web developers. What is your approach for responsive web design?
- Jump Start Your UX Research Program: Jared Spool interviews Christine Perfetti about how to get a user research program started in your organization, get people in the organization to understand the value of the research and how to run quality research (transcript and podcast).
Best way to hide information: put it in a dialog box. Nobody reads those anymore #ux
— Stephan H. Wissel (@notessensei) August 11, 2013
- Fast and Cheap UX Research: For the August Refresh Detroit meetup, Team Detroit user experience professionals Jodi Bollaert and Megan Schwarz will share their findings and recommendations for incorporating user experience research into your projects.
- Why Agile is So Hard: Agile requires a strong ensemble that can work together, a rigorous pace, and constant attention. Being agile can be uncomfortable for user experience professionals; it’s critical to understand the vision, pace and provide space for experimenting and failing in a safe environment.
- 5 Steps Towards an Accessible Web Form: Tom Hombergs, who works as a senior software engineer at adesso AG, shares five easy steps to improve the usability and accessibility of a web form with HTML markup.
- Google Glass: Not for the Hearing Impaired: Freelance journalist Lisa Goldstein applied to be a Google Glass Explorer with the hopes of influencing the design to be more accessible for people with disabilities. Here’s her explanation of why she turned down the invitation to participate in the program.
- Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics: Simon Norris of Nomensa highlights their newly designed company site as an example of an accessible website that is attractive, full of imagery, and contains dynamic content.
- Eating My Own Dog Food: BotSmasher Web Service: Karl Groves announces his BotSmasher Web Service, an external service that allows website owners to check IP addresses, email addresses, and names to determine if the info matches the info of alleged bots or spammers. Joe Dolson is currently testing a WordPress plugin for BotSmasher.
- WordCamp Columbus 2013: A Wheelchair-users Perspective: Read about Raeanne Woodman’s experience attending WordCamp Columbus. Good read about accessible conference space, slideshows, and WordCamp Columbus sessions.
- Takeaways from WordCamp Columbus 2013: My takeaways from last week’s WordCamp Columbus 2013 conference highlighting the workshop, keynote and sessions I attended.
- How to take WordPress to the cloud with Amazon S3 & CloudFront: Step-by-step tutorial by for uploading your WordPress site to Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3) and using Amazon CloudFront (their Content Delivery Network) to deliver your files quickly.
WordCamp reminds me of why I love WordPress and WP community. #wcpdx
— Lorelle on WordPress (@lorelleonwp) August 10, 2013
- Genesis 2.0 User Beware: My friend Curtiss Grymala discusses the newly released Genesis 2.0 framework, changes in structure, hooks and actions, new styles and how your child theme might be affected.
- Workflow for Customizing Genesis Themes: Work locally, iterate quickly, and recover easily are three tips from Chris Cree for customizing Genesis themes.
What I Found Interesting
- Website Launch Checklist: 25 Things to Test Before Your Site Goes Live: I liked that this website checklist had key items for the editor, designer, developer, search engine optimizer, and network administrator.
- Helpful Tools and Resources for Managing a New Internet Business: Good roundup of tools for managing your projects, cloud storage, managing social media, user experience testing, customer suppoand more. GrabInbox looks interesting to me as a potential alternative to Hootsuite.
- The Lady In The Garage Can’t Build Your Website: Set your priorities, ask questions, spend the money and hire a web professional to work with you on your business website.