It’s Friday and time for another weekly roundup. Each week I gather some of my favorite posts and resources I’ve found during the week to share with you.
This week you’ll learn about using semantic HTML, find out how to create an enterprise UI toolkit, learn six easy tips to test for web accessibility, and hopefully, find additional resources for your web projects.
For those interested in this week’s photo, I saw the break dance instructions on the floor of the Hello Innovation office at this week’s Grow Detroit event. Cool space!
— Barry Richards (@barry_richards) September 4, 2013
CSS and HTML
- An Introduction to HTML Boilerplate: Learn what HTML5 Boilerplate includes, where to download it and how to get started. Good links to additional resources for media queries, Mobile Boilerplate, snippets, folder structure, and themes.
- Homeopathic HTML Solutions: Use the right tool for the job. Use semantic HTML to describe content: it adds meaning to content, it’s easier to maintain, and is a sign of quality.
In order to reap the rewards of clean and semantic markup, you need to think about meaning first and then about code or markup.
- An agency workflow for Responsive Web Design: Rian van der Merwe from Elezea discusses how their agency adapted to to include responsive web design in their user-centered workflow. Key takeaways: optimize for touch, support keyboard actions, it’s challenging, but worth it, and the changes benefit all users.
— Matt Smith (@AllThingsSmitty) September 4, 2013
- Does Your WordPress Site Need to Be Responsive: Austin Gunter of WP Engine focuses on the site owner who has to decide whether their website should be responsive. Gunter explains responsive design, challenges, and performance considerations. He recommends site owners consider use cases, users, budget as well as the different process for developing responsive sites.
- Three Lessons Learned Doing Content Strategy for a Startup: In this UX Mag post, Ben Barone-Nugent argues that the processes and goals behind UX writing and web writing are different and discusses the three lessons he learned in his latest project.
- How to Create an Enterprise UI Toolkit: Ariel Grace Snapp shares her insights from working on UI toolkits for two Fortune 500 company online software products.
An enterprise UI toolkit can’t be as simple as just leveraging Twitter Bootstrap and calling it a day, because there are many more factors to consider…
- Looking across the voter experience: how design, usability, and accessibility shape voters’ paths through elections: Slides from Dana Chisnell’s testimony on voter experience this week at the United States Presidential Commission on Election Administration hearing in Philadelphia.
- Testifying to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration: Accessibility as a driver for innovation: This week’s testimony by Whitney Quesenbery to the United States Presidential Commission on Election Administration highlighted the need to work together to create a universal simple voting system for everyone. Check out her accompanying slides (PDF).
- Making an Accessible Form with ARIA, Part 2: In the third post in the “How to Use ARIA” series, Lisa Seeman of Deque Systems walks you through adding validation checks to an accessible form and shows you how to make dynamic content accessible.
- 3 Questions With Larry Rusinsky: Web Accessibility: Congrats to my former co-worker Larry Rusinsky, now working at TecEd, for kicking off a new series on accessibility. In the first post, Rusinsky explains the importance of web accessibility and how you can get started.
- The 6 Simplest Web Accessibility Tests Anyone Can Do: When someone asks me how to get started with testing accessibility, I tell them to stop using their mouse. And that’s tip number one from Karl. Check out the other five tips; it’s not rocket science.
- EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Gooding Moves To The WordPress Tavern: After writing about all things WordPress at WPMU for the past four years, Sarah Gooding (@pollyplummer) is teaming up with Jeff Chandler at WP Tavern to write about WordPress news.
- 2013 BuddyPress Codex Survey Results: Over 170 developers from 36 countries participated in the survey to prioritize the tasks and resources to clean up the BuddyPress Codex. Interesting to see how respondents are using BuddyPress:
- JetPack Releases Version 2.4.2: The 2.4.2 version fixes a number of bugs, including Contact Form short tag, slideshow, mobile theme, custom CSS, and more.
- Chrome Extension for WordPress.com: Notifications Improved!: The new Chrome Extension version 1.3 has push messaging and rich notifications. The notifications display like other notifications in Chrome; you have the option to customize the types of notifications you want to see.
What I Found Interesting
- Ultimate Free Toolkit for Internet Web Ninjas: In this amazing list of 500 tools from Design Junction, you’ll find tools for web development, design, SEO, wireframing, CSS, HTML, and more. Use the filter options to select the tools for each category. Definitely a site I recommend for bookmarking.
- 7 Easy Yet Effective Exercises For Bloggers and Developers: These exercises aren’t just for bloggers or developers; they’re for anyone who works on a computer or a desk for long periods of time.
- Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are: Like the author, I’m tired of hearing people say how busy they are. Yes, we’re all busy, not just you. Is it a competition with colleagues, family members and friends?
For once, I’d like to hear someone brag about their excellent time management skills, rather than complain about how much they can’t get done.