Discovered some great resources this week, including some interesting visualizations, cool CSS3 effects and a new process to add to my user experience toolkit. Hope you found them helpful.
- Google’s Self Driving Car Takes Blind Man To Taco Bell: The technology is still years away before it’s expected to be commonplace. Interesting to hear Nevada is the first state to pass a law (in February 2012) allowing self-driving vehicles on the roadways.
- How to Include ALT Text with Images in Word 2011: Time to celebrate. Can’t believe it’s taken this long, but you can finally add ALT text to images in Word 2011 on the Mac.
- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Protocols have been published in the Federal Register of the United States. Long read, I hope someone can provide a shorter summary.
- eAccess+ Survey of Accessibility Advocacy: If you’re involved with information and communication technologies, and you consider yourself an accessibility advocate, take this survey.
- 25 Coolest CSS3 Effects Roundup from 2012: Enjoyed learning how the IBM Lotusphere logo was recreated in CSS3.
- Minimum Paragraph Widths in Fluid Layouts: Interesting solution for managing text wrap and floated images.
- BrowserQuest – Massively Multiplayer HTML5 Game Demo: Have fun playing this game release by Mozilla this past week. If you’re interested, the code has been posted on GitHub.
- 7 Facts and Myths of HTML5: A quick read clearing up some of the misunderstandings about HTML5 including HTML5 won’t be ready for another 10 years and HTML5 will end the use of Flash.
- Create an interactive bubble chart with HTML5 canvas: I’ve never created a bubble chart for visualizations before, have you?
- How to Code an HTML5 Template: Step by step guide from Dain Miller on Web Designer Depot on building an HTML5 template. Be sure to check the comments for clarification on the markup.
- Style Tiles, The Flip Side of Wireframes: First time I’ve heard of style tiles, but definitely something I’m considering for my next project.
- Digital Insights: Mobile Is Not a Channel – It’s an Attitude:
Let’s stop talking about mobile as a separate channel and start designing digital experiences that incorporate mobile the way it obviously needs to be done.
- Should We Design in the Browser From the Start? .netMag asks several well-known developers and designers their opinions on designing in Photoshop vs. the browser.
- User Experience vs. User Interface Infographic as Cereal: Love this simple way of showing the differences. Reminded me my datacenter needs to get bigger.
- Mobile UI Design Patterns: 10+ Sites for Inspiration: If you’re doing mobile work, this post is a great resource of mobile design pattern sites.
- WordPress Multisite 101: Thanks to Mika Epstein and Andrea Rennick, a WordPress Multisite guide was published last week, answering lots of questions on how to setup, configure and manage a multisite installation. I know of no other resource on the web and give thanks to Mika and Andrea for publishing the e-book.
- Adding Custom Styles in WordPress TinyMCE Editor: Make it easier for your clients to manager their websites with additional styles in TinyMCE.
- The Complete Guide To The WordPress Settings API, Part 5: Tabbed Navigation For Your Settings Page: Tom McFarlin continues his series with an excellent post on tabbed navigation. Good discussion in the comments.
- WordPress Stats and Numbers: Breaking Their Own Records: The numbers are amazing. As of March 2012, WordPress is on 72.4 million sites in the world and WordPress.com hosts about half of them.
- Empowering Journalists with WordPress: Ryan shares his thoughts on whether blogging is journalism and offers some of his favorite plugins for writing. What I liked best in his post was reading his workflow.
What I Found Interesting
- NASA Perpetual Ocean: The Ocean Surface Currents around the World: Cool visualization of the ocean currents from June 2005 to December 2007. (Be careful which version you select, you may hit your bandwidth limit.)
- 10 Tools to Analyze Your Website: Though I’ve heard of and used Alexa, Compete, and CrazyEgg, I’ve never heard of Woorank. Have you used it or know anyone who has used it?
Have any good resources to share? Feel free to add them in the comments.