Though I loved the warm weather and sunshine at WordCamp Phoenix last weekend, it’s good to be back home in Michigan. Even with wind chills bringing today’s temperature to -20 degrees Farenheit. Ouch. I hope you’re staying warm!
In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find a free eBook on lessons learned from watching 200,000 user testing videos, discover how to create accessible user experiences, learn what’s fixed in the latest WordPress maintenance release, find out what the Net Neutrality court decision last week means for you in your everyday life, and more.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects.
"How much would it cost me to make an app with you?" "The same as a car." "What kind of car?" "Exactly!"
— András Velvárt (@vbandi) January 21, 2014
- Lessons Learned from Watching 200,000 User Testing Videos: In their latest eBook, UserTesting.com shares the most useful lessons learned from their testing videos. Great free resource.
- Create your own Mac-based usability testing lab with viewing room: If you’ve been tasked with setting up a Mac-based usability testing space, you’re faced with a few challenges. Morae can’t be used since it doesn’t run on a Mac and Wirecast has issues on MacBooks. Harry Brignull explains his solution, the products used, and infrastructure changes his team implemented.
- Microsoft Enhances Usability with Refresh of Office Web Apps: With the new flat look and better spacing, the Office Web Apps interface has caught a lot of attention. What do you think of the new “Tell Me” bar at the top of documents?
If I have to fill out a form to read a post you've tweeted, or if I have to close a pop-up on my phone, I'm not going to read the post. #ux
— Sarah Chauncey (@SarahChauncey) January 22, 2014
- Scrolling is Easier than Clicking: With analytics supporting it, and usability testing confirming it, Joshua Porter says scrolling is likely an easier gesture than clicking for people to use. People don’t have to make a decision to click something; they can continue to do what they’re already doing.
- Recap: A Web For Everyone, Accessibility as a Design Challenge: My notes from Whitney Quesenbery’s webinar earlier this week discussing the ten principles of accessible user experience.
- Music to Deaf Ears?: Yes, people who are deaf or hard of hearing (hoh) can enjoy and even play music. Providing sound cues [Latin music playing] as well as lyrics makes music more accessible to deaf/hoh people.
There are more deaf and hard of hearing musicians than you can imagine – who can not only play, but even lead an orchestra.
- Why Don’t Screen Readers Always Read What’s on the Screen? Part 1: Punctuation and Typographic Symbols: The table included in this post is a great reference for learning what punctuation and typographic symbols the different screen readers read out loud.
— Victor Tsaran (@vick08) January 23, 2014
- A Deaf-Blind Person’s Take on Android BrailleBack: Scott, a deaf-blind person who relies almost entirely on Braille access, discusses his experience using Nexus 7 with Android 4.4. His review points out the shortcomings for email, access to books, and the difficulties faced due to Google’s lack of using the accepted standard for Braille keyboard input.
- WordPress 3.8.1 Released: The maintenance version includes 31 fixes for various bugs in 3.8 including the dashboard design, themes admin screen, and the one fix I was waiting for: the ability to embed tweets by copying the tweet’s URL on a separate line.
- The 10 Best WordPress Plugins for Security: My friend Chris Wiegman’s plugin Better WP Security leads off the list of WordPress plugins for keeping your site secure. Which one(s) do you use?
- WordCamp Phoenix: Day 1: My recap of the first day of WordCamp Phoenix, with key takeaways from Marc Benzakein’s workshop for DesktopServer and Joe Casabona’s presentation on responsive web design with WordPress.
- Show Off Colors in Your Theme Demo by Using the Body Class and a Querystring: If you’re a theme developer wanting to demo theme colors by dynamically applying the body class to any page in the theme, check out this tutorial from Carrie Dils.
- Responsive Web Development, A talk for front-end devs looking to jump into RWD: How familiar are you with responsive web development, asks Adam Moore in this Medium post as he walks through what to know to create responsive web sites and apps. I like his comment:
Mobile first is more than just a way of writing code and breakpoints.
- REMs And Viewport Measurements – Why You Shouldn’t Use Them Yet: REMs and viewport measurements make a lot of sense, but there’s a few things you should know, says Steven Bradley.
- So, You’re Writing A Responsive Images Script: Mat Marquis from the Filament Group discusses the issues involved with creating responsive image scripts including the benefits/pitfalls of a native solution, identifying where failures do the most damage, and whether the solution will actually work in the real world.
CSS and HTML
- HTML, CSS, PSD and More: 22 Free Design Resources from December 2013: The monthly roundup of helpful design and coding resources from Noupe will help you get your projects started quickly. Note: some of the resources are free, others require registration.
- The section element: Updated this week by Steve Faulkner, I’m glad to read this info from the updated post
With very few exceptions, section should not be used if there is no natural heading for it.and
What we’ve been doing wrong is using section to wrap content in order to style it, or to demarcate the main content area from the nav, header, footer etc. These are jobs for div, not section.
- 10 HTML Tags You May Not Be Using: I knew about
progressbut didn’t know about how to use
dfn. Have you used
dfnin your markup?
What I Found Interesting
- Reasons to Visit Detroit: Nice shout out for the community where I live with a list of ten reasons to visit Detroit, including some of my favorites: Belle Isle and the Slow Roll.
- BYOD? Leaving a Job Can Mean Losing Pictures of Grandma: Yikes! Using your own device at work may mean your personal information is wiped from the device when you leave the job.
- Does This Ruling Mean The End of the Internet? Maybe.: What does the recent net neutrality ruling mean to you in everyday life? To name a few: it affects your privacy, ability to access whatever you want on the web (censorship) as well as providing better connectivity for rural communities.