This week’s collection of resources includes a free tool for quickly testing CSS, mythbusting HTML5, strategies for improving designs to earn trust from customers, and more.
I found several good resources in the first issue of Treehouse Blog online newsletter. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a try.
Have any of these resources helped you in your projects? Do you find them useful? Let me know, share your thoughts in the comments.
- Applying Normalize.css Reset – Quick Tip: Three-minute video from Treehouse describing normalize.css, an alternative to using CSS resets that preserves useful browser default styles, rather than removing all styles from every element. Love that Treehouse includes the transcript on the page, not as a separate file to download.
- Getting Started with CSS – Part 2: In the second post in Treehouse‘s CSS series, Guil Hernandez explains the box model, how to add CSS to a page, and selectors.
- Unprefixed CSS3 Gradients in Modern Browsers: If you’ve used gradient generators to create cross-browser gradient markup with unprefixed gradients, review this article to understand the new changes in the W3C Candidate Recommendation that deal with gradients.
- CSS3 3D Dropdowns: Amazing dropdown menu that reminds me of a Jacob’s ladder.
- HTML5 Mythbusting: Christian Heilmann, principal evangelist at Mozilla for HTML5, discusses severals myths surrounding HTML5, including concerns about performance, monetizing, needing to be online to use HTML5, development environment, and what HTML5 can do that apps can’t do.
- HTML5: Hype, Substance and Scrutiny: Luke Stevens, author of The Truth About HTML5, gives a brief history of HTML5, discusses what’s good (and bad), and recommends designers and developers become more informed on what the HTML5 specification is all about.
- Inserting HTML5 Video: In the Creative Cloud update, it’s much easier to insert HTML5 video in Dreamweaver using the Insert panel or the Insert menu, and modifying options in the Property Inspector.
- Designing to Build Trust : The factors that matter: Learn how user experience professionals can improve a design to earn consumers trust.
- Practicing What We Preach: Managing First Impressions with New Employees: UX Magazine’s recent post made me nod my head when I read this sentence:
From day one, ensure that new employees are equipped with the technology and supplies they need to perform their jobs.
At one of my past jobs, I didn’t have the technology to do my work until the week before I left the position. Contrast that with my current job at the college, where my manager made sure I had the hardware, software programs, and one of my favorites, big monitors to complete my work.
- Examining The Next Web’s Latest Redesign: Forrest Kobayashi of Zurb uses Verify to analyze how readers are using the newly redesigned The Next Web’s website.
- Optimizing User Experience Across Devices with Responsive Web Design: My Storify story recaps Clarissa Peterson’s presentation at last week’s Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association event.
- Responsive Navigation: Optimizing for Touch Across Devices: Luke Wroblewski and Jason Weaver explore options for designing navigation options that work across different-sized touch devices.
- Learn How To Make WordPress Themes: All The Best Resource: Excellent collection of tutorials, books, starter themes, and cheatsheets to get you started on making your own WordPress theme.
- Breaking the Mould: Arley McBlain has graciously posted notes, demo, and test theme from his Breaking the Mould with Scoped CSS presentation at this weekend’s WordCamp Toronto: Developers event.
- Genesis Responsive Header: New plugin from Nick the Geek that allows you to see a different header image for four device sizes. The plugin only works on Genesis responsive child themes; it won’t work on other child themes.
- Sketchnotes: WordCamp Developers Toronto 2012 Day 1: Sacha Chua’s amazing sketchnotes from six sessions of the first day of WordCamp Toronto Developers event.
- How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes: First post in an eight-part series from WPMU. The series will take a close look at the Twenty-Twelve theme to understand its organization, how to use media queries, making images & videos responsive, and how to build your own responsive WordPress theme.
- Responsive Video Embeds: This WordPress plugin automatically makes videos and iframes responsive.
- How to Describe Complex Images for Accessibility: My Storify story of DIAGRAM Center’s webinar with Bryan Gould, WGBH National Center for Accessible Media project manager, sharing his tips and advice for describing images, cartoons and illustrations for assistive technology.
- WAVE5 beta packed with powerful evaluation tools: Released in early October, the new WAVE5 beta provides web developers with an easy way to check the accessibility of a web page. The beta version offers a new sidebar with color-coded summary of errors and alerts as well as the option for developers to go directly to the lines of markup code.
- Accessibility Camp Toronto: This year’s Accessibility Camp Toronto unconference is Saturday, November 17 at OCAD University in downtown Toronto. The event is free and open to designers, developers, accessibility, usability, information technology and end-users with disabilities communities.
- Accessing Higher Ground: The Association on Higher Education and Disability’s annual conference Nov. 12-16 is offering livestream track, individual session, and à la carte tickets of this year’s workshops and sessions. Purchasing a livestream ticket will provide access to all recorded sessions, dependent on the sessions included in your track.
- Why Great Sign Language Interpreters Are So Animated: Last week’s news coverage of superstorm Sandy highlighted how sign language uses body language, head and eyebrow movement, and facial expressions as part of the grammar.
What I Found Interesting
- The “thank you” that changed my life: How a simple “thank you” after being rejected for a project was the first step in Nicholas Zakas‘s career that took him from accomplished author, to a job at Yahoo! to giving talks and writing for O’Reilly to running his own business.
- How to Build a Three-Line Drop-Down Menu for a Responsive Website in jQuery: Andrew Chalkley of Treehouse walks you through the steps for creating a drop-down menu without adding extra markup. Check the comments for another option using jQuery.
- 8 Hacks to Make Google Calander More Useful: Managing your budget or employee schedules are a natural fit for Google Calendar, but did you know you can have weather updates sent to a Google calendar, schedule Facebook posts, and log your reading habits?