- A Harder-Working Class: Nathan Ford, creative director at Mark Boulton Design, shares techniques for harnessing CSS with “class attribute” selectors.
- Differences Between CSS2.1 and CSS3+: Thank you Louis Lazaris for compiling this list of the new properties, selectors and values introduced since CSS 2.1.
- Lining up your backgrounds: Learn how to work with dynamic linear gradients and background properties to create flexible odd-even colored lines as well as manage background scrolling in an overflowing container. I didn’t know about the background-origin property, have you used it?
- Create accessible videos with HTML5: In this .netmag article, Leonie Watson walks you through the steps of creating an accessible HTML5 video using the video and track elements.
- HTML5 Now: Getting MOre Through Polyfills: Long article by Dave Ward, but worth it. While HTML5 features may not be supported across all browsers, Dave discusses the many polyfills that offer support for missing support.
- 30 Elaborate Tutorials To Teach You PSD to HTML Conversion: Good collection of tutorials from Noupe; one of my favorites is the one written by Chris Spooner.
- UI Parade: Check out this impressive showcase of user interface designs. Buttons, menus, charts, progress bars, user profiles, notifications, and more.
- For Customer Experience, “Just OK” Is Not OK: As you begin a new project/venture in the new year, ask what works, and what doesn’t in the customer journey.
What building blocks are we offering to our best customers?
Camilo La Cruz suggests getting your team together and answering a few of these 10 questions to better understand and improve the end-to-end experience for your customers.
- Future-proof: Designing for an Ageing Population: On day 15 of the UX Advent Calendar, Ruth Ellison shares simple tips for improving your design for those who are ageing. Suggestions include using large fonts, high contrast, highly visible links, consistent navigation, and avoiding CAPTCHA.
- Three idioms reveal the truth about university websites: I kept nodding my head as I read Dey Alexanders’s post highlighting the common issues he’s seen on higher education sites. Based on my experience in higher education, all attributable to a lack of a web governance policy.
- WordPress 3.5 “Elvin”: Released this week, the new WordPress 3.5 version includes a completely new media manager, retina support, the Twenty Twelve responsive default theme, many other features, and security fixes. Have you updated yet?
- How to Create WordPress Photo Galleries with the New 3.5 Media Manager: This tutorial from WPMU.org highlights how to use the new Media Library, select files, add meta information, and create a photo gallery.
- Mika Epstein Interview: CodePoet interviews Mika Epstein, well-known WordPress.org forum moderator who talks about how she got involved with WordPress, how volunteer work in the WordPress community landed her a job at Dreamhost, and what she recommends when you develop plugins.
- Six Free WordPress Plugins to Decorate Your Blog for Christmas: Want to liven up your site with holiday cheer? Check out these free plugins and add a snowstorm, holiday message, or lightbulbs to your website.
- A Real-Life Example of How to Use Tags in WordPress for Maximum Benefit: Are you using tags? Based on personal experience consulting clients, I know adding tags to a blog post is something that confuses bloggers. Tom Ewer shares a real-life example of how he uses tags on his blog.
- Automated Testing as Part of Your 360 Degree Approach to Web Testing: The second post in the Deque Systems series on testing accessibility, recommends
use the power of automation as a proactive warning system and use manual testing to confirm that key users paths are truly accessible.
- Crossing Over: Bringing Mobile Innovations to Accessibility: Video (35 minutes) of Derek Featherstone’s a11yMTL conference presentation last month on how mobile innovations influence accessibility.
- Android and iOS Applications: From CODE IDEA, a list of free and inexpensive smartphone applications for people who are deaf or hard of heaing.
- Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil joins Google to work on machine learning and language processing: Author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of human-computer engineering, Ray Kurzweil joins Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. Kurzweil is the inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind and the first text-to-speech synthesizer, as well as many other inventions.
- Free Adobe Acrobat plug-in converting tagged PDF files into HTML: pdfGoHTML is a free Adobe Acrobat plugin that converts tagged PDF files into HTML. Works on Mac or Windows in Acrobat versions 9, 10, or 11. Once converted, users can switch the HTML display to support their specific needs: inverted, low-vision, dyslexia, browser default, or structure tags.
What I Found Interesting
- The Web We Lost: Years ago, we were able to freely share information, own our identify, backup a copy of data we shared on third-party sites. Today, not so easy. We’ve abandoned core fundamental values of the social web, says Anil Dash.
- Holiday Sale at Apress: Get 50% off any Apress book using the discount code “SNOW12” at checkout, good until December 31.
- Christmas Icon Set: Thank you Smashing Magazine for offering this beautiful Chrismas icon set of ten icons for free. Love the gingerbread man with the scarf!