This week’s roundup includes a guide to CSS layouts, a flowchart for using HTML5 elements, a fun user experience job title generator, Storify posts from my time at the WordCamp Phoenix conference, and more.
And yes, I’ve finally moved my blog from Posterous to WordPress. It’s still a work in progress; I have a lot of posts to go through and update. The transfer of content didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, mostly due to markup produced by Posterous. Hopefully, I can soon say all 300+ posts have been transferred successfully.
- Coding Q&A: CSS Performance, Debugging, Naming Conventions: The last post of the Smashing Magazine CSS Q & A series where Chris Coyier reponds to questions from readers, with recommendations on CSS performance, class naming conventions, and more.
- Sneak Peek Into the Future: Selectors, Level 4: Some really interesting new selectors in the CSS coming up soon, including logical combinator, location, time-dimensional, ui state, grid-structural, and tree-structural pseudo-classes as well as the incredibly useful parent selector.
- The pro’s guide to CSS layouts: From .net Magazine, a quick review of CSS layouts from Peter Gasston, author of The Book of CSS3.
- HTML5 Flowchart: Having troubles figuring out when to use HTML5 element?
- Defending Presentational Class Names: What are your thoughts on presentational vs semantic class naming? Philip Walton argues semantic class names convey less intention to others and presentational classes (used appropriately) can be reused across many projects and better communicate intent to team members.
- Interaction design lessons from sci-fi: Visual interfaces: Excerpt from Make It So Interaction Design Lessons by Nathan Shedroff and Chris Noessel, highlighting the role science fiction has played in design history. This excerpt, from chapter 3 of the book, highlights interfaces and typography in science fiction.
- UX Job Title Generator: As we continue to struggle with titles to describe our roles, Aaron Weyenberg has created an online job title generator which selects from levels (including black belt), practice orientations, and role orientations to create unique, and unusual titles for user experience professionals.
- Effectively Planning UX Design Projects: The “Planning UX Projects” chapter from the Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experience is a long read, but worth it. If you have limited time, the table of tools and techniques describing UX techniques, and the situation where they work/don’t work will benefit anyone involved in UX design projects.
- Accessibility Guidelines for Digital Learning Products: Thank you Pearson for posting your digital learning products accessibility guidelines. Each guideline comes with details ranging from rationale, testing, technology specifications, general techniques, related guidelines, and more. Bookmarked.
- Writing Accessibility into a Design Application: Duane O’Brien talks about his recent update to the Edge Inspect Chrome Extension. Three things I admired in Duane’s post:
- honesty in admitting his original assumption, that a blind user wouldn’t use the Edge Inspect extension, had never been tested
- change in design approach to “users could be blind, how can make this design useful to them”
- realization that accessibility is built into the design process at the beginning, not “bolted on” at the end
- Accessibility Checklist: A handy HTML accessibility checklist for reviewing your markup from the A11Y Project.
- WordPress for Authors: WordCamp Phoenix 2013: My Storify of Betsy Cohen’s WordCamp Phoenix 2013 presentation on developing author websites using WordPress.
- Setting Up a WordPress Site the Right Way: My Storify of Natalie MacLees presentation on creating a WordPress site. Loved that she focused on using a plan for your site, and gathering content early.
- WordPress 3.5.1 Maintenance and Security Release: The first maintenance release of 3.5 came out this week, fixing 37 bugs and addresses several security issues. As always, best to update now.
- Automatically Blackballed: The 3.5.1 maintenance release has been overshadowed by the biggest WordPress news of the week when Jake Caputo published this blog post about the WordPress Foundation’s decision that he can no longer participate in WordCamps, as long as he continues to sell his themes on ThemeForest.
- A Response: ThemeForest Authors and WordCamps: Collis Ta’eed of ThemeForest responds to this week’s decision by the WordPress Foundation to bar all ThemeForest authors and developers from speaking, supporting and volunteering at WordCamps. Read the comments for discussion from many of the developers involved with WordPress, as well as replies by Matt Mullenweg.
What I Found Interesting
- Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail: I’m always looking for new tips for managing my inbox. One of the tips in this post recommends canned responses, which I’ve never used. Have you?
- Carousels: Brad Frost continues the conversation on carousels (not one of my favorite features) with good advice to consider when your client/stakeholder/marketing demands a carousel. Two of the best tips from Brad’s article: Track, collect, and analyze data on your carousel. Make sure you need one. Carousels are often organization crutches, a solution to the “I need to be on the home page” political debate in many organizations.