This week I attended the In Control 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida. Great conference! I learned a lot, and have many notes to review. The 80-degree temperatures and warm sunshine were amazing.
In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about an A/B test for the “hamburger” navigation icon, discover how to make accessible link text, find out why being a CSS and HTML master isn’t enough, and more.
The photo for today’s post was taken at Lake Eola in Orlando; the white birds you see are egrets and the black shadows in the top of the palms are cormorants.
— zeldman (@zeldman) February 18, 2014
- Mobile Menu AB Tested: Hamburger Not the Best Choice?: Interesting results from A/B tests show the “hamburger” or “sandwich” icon used for mobile navigation didn’t perform well. The top choice? A bordered “hamburger” icon. I’m looking forward to seeing additional tests on other sites.
- 10 Things That Can Go Wrong In A Usability Test: Despite careful planning, there’s always something that doesn’t go as expected in usability tests. The one issue that has caught me in the past: not having a second Internet provider when a connection goes down.
Stop disabling zoom, dammit.
— Stephen Hay (@stephenhay) February 19, 2014
- Join the UX Mastery Family: I was excited to read news of the new UX Mastery online community launched this week. I don’t know of an active online UX community, other than Twitter (if you know of one, please share it in the comments). The new community offers forums for UX news/events, UX stories, process, tools, techniques, and of course, a water cooler. Hope you check it out and join!
- Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Web Headings: The first video (less than two minutes) in SSB Bart Group’s Web Accessibility Video 101 series focuses on how screen readers users navigation web pages with web headings.
- 15 Rules for Making Accessible Links: Creating good link text is more than just writing “click here.” You want to provide concise, informative, and descriptive text that describes the link.
- Learn About Web Accessibility Firsthand: Have ten minutes? My post on the one simple thing you can do now to learn about web accessibility doesn’t take more than ten minutes. You don’t have to install anything, read a tutorial, or purchase an application.
- WordPress Theme Shops Move Toward Preserving Data Portability: Rather than adding more features to their themes, several theme shops announced this month they are moving functionality to plugins. And that’s a good thing when you want to change WordPress themes.
- How to Create Staging Environment for a WordPress Site: If you’ve been hesitant to set up a staging environment, this step-by-step tutorial from WP Beginner has you covered.
- WordPress: How It Came To Be And Where It’s Heading: Alex Moss interviews the two founders of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. What I liked about the interview is how both Matt and Mike give credit to the WordPress community.
The community around it is very friendly, helpful and inclusive, first and foremost, and that comes across.
- Add a MailChimp Signup Form to Your WordPress Website without a Plugin: My friend Marcy Diaz walks you through the steps of creating your own MailChimp signup form, useful if you want to create unique forms for each of your website mailing lists.
- Responsive Design Frameworks: Just Because You Can, Should You?: Jen Kramer discusses the pros and cons of using responsive design frameworks, focusing on Foundation and Bootstrap. Are you using a responsive framework? If yes, which one, and why?
- Building the Winter Olympics Web Pages: William Bamford describes the technical details behind building the BBC’s Winter Olympic web pages, including why they chose Angular.JS and how the page template and layout configuration were developed.
- An Event Apart: Mobile First Responsive Design: Thanks to Luke Wroblewski for publishing his notes on Jason Grigsby’s presentation at An Event Apart in Atlanta 2014 this week.
CSS and HTML
- Live Debate: CSS Preprocessors, Useful Front-end Tools?: At our February Refresh Detroit meeting last week, Vince Speelman and Brad Czerniak argued the pros and cons of using CSS preprocessors. There were good arguments for both sides of the issue.
Always ask yourself—especially when working with something like Sass—‘does this add more complexity than it removes?’ If yes, reconsider.
— Harry Roberts (@csswizardry) February 18, 2014
- Why Your HTML And CSS Mastery Are Not Enough:Steven Bradley argues that knowing how to work around browser quirks in your HTML and CSS isn’t enough any more. Designers and developers need to do more, learn more, and know more to stay ahead of the curve.
What I Found Interesting
- The 8 Most Popular Document Formats on the Web: I wasn’t surprised by the top popular document format, and I don’t think you will be either. What I found interesting was the growth in the EPUB (short for electronic publication) format in the past year.
- What the FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Means for Your Internet: Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced his plan to bring back net neutrality. Find out what the new rules, if approved, will mean to you as you browse the web.
- Google Redesigns News Archive, Makes Searching Through Newspapers Easy: What a nice surprise to see Google has relaunched their newspaper archive. I did a quick search on my local news and I found it was a lot easier to use.