You’ll find a helpful online CSS multi-column generator, responsive web design bookmarklet, two-part series on transferring a WordPress.com blog and a scary story of how a well-known technology leader was hacked in this week’s post. Hope you discover some helpful resources.
- How the Brady Bunch Can Help Your CSS: If you’re confused about sibling selectors, and can’t remember how the tilde (~) and plus (+) signs work, watch this hilarious four-minute video.
- What Fonts Would Sound Like If They Had Voices: Too funny. What do you think Comic Sans should sound like? Times New Roman? Jonathan Garcia shares his thoughts in this one-minute video.
- CSS3 Multi-Column Generator: Thanks to Aaron Lumsden for sharing his generator. Have you used it yet?
- Super Simple Lightbox with CSS and jQuery: Jim Nielson walks you though creating a very simple lightbox, explaining his code and markup in each step. Check the comments for improvements to the markup and code.
- Responsive Web Design Bookmarklet: Rather than resizing your screen to test your responsive web design, install this free bookmarklet, and use the toolbar to select tablet and mobile devices.
- Create a Minimal Coming Soon Page using HTML5 and CSS3: Thank you 1stWebDesigner for this step-by-step guide. Only thing I would change would be to use CSS sprites rather than individual graphics for the footer social media graphics.
- 10 Usability Basics To Consider Before Designing The UX: Love the first item in the list: make sure whatever application, website, or system you create allows users to complete their goals.
- Designing For Device Orientation: From Portrait To Landscape: Designing for device orientation is challenging, says Avi Itzkovitch. Do you need a device tilting icon? What about an orientation icon? Good discussion in the comments, don’t miss reading them.
- How to Use UI Kit’s, Beginners Video Tips: If you’ve bought any DesignModo UI Kits, and needed additional guidance, check out this video of frequently asked questions.
- Tablet, mobile users expect pages to load within seconds: This study of the behavior and browsing habits of 5,000 people revealed tablet users expect websites to load in three seconds, mobile users expect sites to display in four seconds. What about you?
- Why I Write Posts Primarily In The WordPress HTML Editor: I agree with author James Dunn, my preference is using the HTML editor. I like to control the formatting of my content, and the WYSIWYG visual editor just doesn’t work for me.
- Help Us Help WordPress: Shane Pearlman points out the lack of conventions, walks us through usability testing of his company’s calendar plugin, and invites WordPress designers and developers to work together and create human interface guidelines.
- Spam Destroyer Really Works To Kill WordPress Spam: Sara Gooding of WPMU.org gives a thumbs up to this new and free alternative to Akismet.
- Transfer Your Blog From WordPress.com to WordPress.org Part 1: Having transferred a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted site earlier this summer, it was interesting to read about the issues Ayelet Weisz had. I encountered a different set of issues in my transfers. Good tips and advice.
- Transfer Your Blog From WordPress.com to WordPress.org Part 2: Second post in the two-part series of transferring to a self-hosted WordPress site. Ayelet Weisz discusses the issues she had with media files and offers her solutions.
- Video Captioning: Win/Win for Accessibility and SEO (Part 1 of 2): Holly Nielsen, Social Media Manager and webmaster for the Human Ability and Accessibility Center at IBM Research, discusses the growth of video and how video influences consumer decisions.
- Video Captioning: Win/Win for Accessibility and SEO (Part 2 of 2): In part 2 of the series, Holly Nielsen of IBM Research highlights how adding captioning to videos makes them search-engine friendly, and available to more of your potential clients.
- For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution: Meet Elizabeth, a freshman college student with severe dyslexia. For 12 years, her mother would read Elizabeth her school work every night. Bookshare changed all that.
- Make your iOS app accessible with VoiceOver: Leonie Watson explains how to configure settings for your custom controls and discusses the traits associated with elements.
- A Call for Accessible Technology in Higher Education: Focused on students with visual impairments or print, this article by Sean Devine of CourseSmart points out the need for everyone in higher education: administrators, faculty, staff, to be actively seeking strategies to improve accessibility of technology. Sean cites the Florida State University lawsuit, Penn State University dispute and New York University complaint.
What I Found Interesting
- How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking: A harrowing story from Mat Honan of Wired and how his digital life was wiped out. I cannot imagine what he is going through.
- Bulletproof backup: How to make sure your desktop, mobile & web data are safe: Given this past week’s story from Mat Honan, I was very thankful for this article providing tips for backing up Windows, Mac, mobile and other digital information. Plus I discovered BackBlaze, an online backup site that costs less than $4/month (USD) if you sign up for two years.
- SoundGecko Turns WebPages into AudioBooks: A text to audio transcribing service, SoundGecko will convert written content on a webpage to an audio file. There’s an iPhone app, Chrome extension, and you can connect your Google Drive or Dropbox account to save the audio file. Cool.
- The geek’s guide to dealing with email overload: If you’re like me, your email inbox can get overwhelming. Fast. Check out these eight online tools (I’m testing Unroll.me and I’ve used Boomerang in the past) and two methods for managing your email messages. Good luck in reaching InboxZero!