“A goal without a plan is a wish.”
– Herm Edwards
— Mike Rohde (@rohdesign) June 9, 2013
CSS and HTML
- Topcoat–CSS style guide for web apps: CSS for web apps, TopCoat includes code for desktop and mobile devices, uses open source fonts, and includes many components and icons.
- Better Paragraphs With CSS3 Hyphenation: Currently available in Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 6+, Safari 5.1+ with the prefix, the
hyphensproperty allows you to automatically or manually set hyphenation.
- Tip: Avoid using mailto links in HTML email: Did you know using mailto: links in HTML email can be problematic? The new Outlook.com adds another reason why you want to replace your mailto: links with links to contact forms.
- CSS: reset or normalize?: Oli Studholme gives an in-depth review of CSS reset and Normalize.css, and shares his recommendation for what works best.
- Designing for Breakpoints: From A List Apart, an excerpt from chapter 7 of Stephen Hay’’s recently published book, Responsive Design Workflow.
Responsive images is a thorny issue (complexity, pre-parse, file size), but there can also be HUGE savings by serving properly sized images.
— Tim Kadlec (@tkadlec) June 6, 2013
- The Boston Globe’s Gabriel Florit on Responsive Visualizations: Interesting interview with Florit about his responsive visualization approach at The Boston Globe. I liked his comment:
Designing for a number of pixels completely misses the point.
- Our Off-Canvas Menu Plugin: If you’re looking for an off-canvas menu solution that isn’t dependent on a certain HTML structure or specific breakpoints, check out this jQuery/Zepto plugin from the good folks at Cloud Four.
- Mobile Form Usability: Never Use Inline Labels: Inline labels cause major usability problems; loss of context is more severe for mobile users.
— Eric V. Holtzclaw (@eholtzclaw) June 6, 2013
- 31 Awesomely Practical UX Tips Demystified: Recap by Cynthia Zimber of TecEd of last week’s Rosenfeld Media’s 31 Awesomely Practical UX Tips virtual conference.
- How To Make Friends And Influence Speakers At UX Events: Going to a UX event soon? Respect UX and presenters: do your homework before you approach the presenter for help, says Patrick Neeman.
- Berlin company specializes in autistic IT experts: With offices in Berlin, Munich and Duesseldorf, Auticon employs 17 people with autism at their computer consulting company. Started in 2011, their aim is
social commitment with business.
- Comic book for the blind offers tactile experience: Interesting approach by designer Philip Meyer who created a comic for people with visual impairments.
- Easy Checks—A First Review of Web Accessibility: Want to check the accessibility of a web page, but not sure where to start? Use this guide to review the page for basic accessibility issues.
- State of the World’s Children in Focus: Potential and equality instead of disability and difference: The May 2013 report calls for people to reconsider their perception of children with disabilities and urges children to take
to take an active and architectural role in initiating inclusive and equitable approaches in regard to disabilities
- Writing the WordPress Book: Siobhan McKeown reflects on her work writing the history of WordPress. I enjoyed learning how much care and research is being done to write the history. And I loved hearing about the other people involved with the work.
- Life as a WordPress Developer: Are you thinking about creating your first WordPress plugin? Learn how four WordPress plugin developers got started in this Web & PHP Magazine interview.
- DreamHost Announces DreamPress in Beta: WordPress on Steroids!: DreamHost announces new managed Virtual Private Server (VPS) for WordPress hosting. Priced at $19.95/month for a limited time, the hosting offers premium support, performance tuning and automated backups to DreamHost’s cloud storage.
- 11 Essential Resources About the Upcoming Genesis 2.0 That We Think You’ll Enjoy: If you’re a StudioPress developer, you want to check out this list of resources as you work with the recently released Genesis 2.0 beta 2 version.
What I Found Interesting
- 15 Handy Tools Every Freelancer Should Know About: From accounting services to project management to simple to–do list applications, you’re bound to find a tool that can help you in your freelance work. My favorite? Harvest. I’ve been a fan and user of their application for years.
- Videry: Having a curated collection of video for web designers sounds like my kind of site. And that’s what Videry offers. I hope they consider adding transcripts/captions to the videos. And I hope they expand the collection to include a more diverse group of speakers.
- Browser Trends June 2013: Chrome Outnumbers Firefox 2 to 1: Whoa. Chrome holds 40% of the market, Firefox has dropped below 20% and users continue to migrate to Internet Explorer 10 from previous versions. Mobile usage increased slightly to almost 15% of all web activity.