In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources you’ll learn about a remote research webinar series, find out why the National Association of the Deaf is suing Harvard University and MIT, learn about the legal aspects of including third-party content on your site, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I gather some of my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML and responsive design and publish them in a weekly resource post.
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Today’s photo was taken last weekend along the Blue Water River Walk on the St. Clair River in downtown Port Huron, Michigan. The snow covered the walkway, but the mallard ducks didn’t mind.
Good education is not what fills your head with facts but what stimulates curiosity. You then learn for the rest of your life
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 10, 2015
- Infinite Scrolling: Pros and Cons: If you’re considering infinite scrolling for one of your web projects, this post by Carrie Cousins gives you an overview of some of the benefits and challenges to consider.
- Remotely Possible: This looks cool! UserTesting is kicking off a lunchtime webinar series hosted by Steve Krug and Tomer Sharon. Once every two weeks, Krug and Sharon will discuss a remote research topic and demo a remote research technique for a real product. The first webinar is February 25.
- 6 Ways to Keep Bad Copywriting from Killing Your Product: Write for your users; use words they understand is just one of the six tips Elisa Heiken shares in her UserTesting post.
- The Curse of Mobile Strategy: Do you need an app? Or do you just want an app because every other company has one? Jared Spool explains why you want to change your approach about mobile strategy and think about the customer experience strategy.
- Math is Hard. People with Disabilities matter.: Whether it’s for one person or one billion people, we need to make sure we create accessible and usable products, says Sarah Horton.
This notion of blurring the definition of web accessibility made me uneasy, but I couldn’t clearly say why.
- Harvard University and MIT Sued Over Failure to Caption Online Content: The National Association of the Deaf and four individuals filed lawsuits against the two schools, claiming discrimination under the Americans for Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The suits claim the two schools deny equal access to thousands of online video and audio tracks by people who are deaf or hard of hearing due to lack of proper captioning.
BIG NEWS: The Section 508 updates have cleared the OMB process. NPRM expected within the week.
— Jared Smith (@jared_w_smith) February 12, 2015
- Open Air and Heroes of Accessibility: In her first blog post of 2015, Molly Holzschlag shares touching personal stories about the winners of Knowbility’s 17th Annual OpenAIR Awards & Community Heroes of Accessibility Awards. Kudos to Molly for her Lifetime Achievement Award! Well deserved.
- Flipboard React Canvas Accessibility: With Flipboard’s announcement this week that they’re using HTML5 canvas to improve performance on mobile devices, Steve Faulkner took a look at how the coding change affected accessibility. Result: not good. Faulkner shares example code on what Flipboard could have done.
- Customize Your Login Page Using the WordPress Customizer: This is definitely one plugin to consider adding to your base set of plugins for every site. The Custom Login Customizer plugin provides an array of features: add your logo and set padding and margin on it, add a background image, style the input field, select text colors, and add custom CSS are just a few of the customizations you can make.
- 10 Handy Plugins to Help You Do More with WordPress Categories: From converting catogories to tags to enabling categories for pages to setting a default category featured image for posts with no featured images, you’re bound to find a useful plugin in this roundup by Joe Fylan.
- Understanding the Basics of Child Themes in WordPress: In the 11th post in his The Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Own Website with the Genesis Framework series, Calvin Koepke discusses the differences between a parent theme and a child theme and the relationship between the two.
- A Reader Asks: Populating One’s Site with Third-Party Content: Attorney Richard Best explains what you need to consider when you’re adding third-party content on your site. Check the comments for discussion and further points.
- The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Multisite: Rachel McCollin explains what multisite is and when to use it. She walks you through the steps of activating it, creating blogs, managing your network, and shares plugins that make it easier for you to work with muiltisite.
Thinking of design and implementation as separate concerns impacts the quality of both.
— Responsive Design (@RWD) February 10, 2015
- Building Brick by Brick: Ed.gov’s Website Redesign and Mobile Implementation: Interesting read about the redesign of recently launched Ed.gov site, based on three different content management systems: WordPress, Teamsite, and Drupal. All the websites and blogs are responsive, with Bootstrap used as the framework.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are website redesigns.
CSS and HTML
- Printing Medium Stories: While printing web articles and posts isn’t as common as it was 10 years, it’s clear the designers at Medium paid close attention to the user experience of their printed stories.
We wanted to design the best printing output we could given the technological support given by the browsers.
- Things I’ve Learned About Sending Email, For Web Designers And Developers: Keep it short, focused, and consistent. Whether you design or develop HTML newsletters, you’ll find helpful tips in this post from Lee Munroe.
- Why I Don’t Use Compass Anymore: Rather than using Compass, Hugo Giraudel has changed over to using the popular Autoprefixer library. Why did he change? He discovered he wasn’t using much of Compass.
What I Found Interesting
- 3 Ways To Do Video Editing From Within Chrome:
You can edit video within Chrome with any of these three online tools, even on a Chromebook. Note: Magisto hosts the video for you and doesn’t provide any options for transcripts or captions. (Yes, I’ve sent Magisto an email message asking when the feature will be added.)
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Command Line Tools: Thank you to Brad Parbs for writing this guide for command line tools. The article focuses on Mac, though Brad mentions the tools will work on Windows and different flavors of Linux.
- 36 Visual Content Creation Tools: Nineteen experts share the tools for creating online content they can’t live without. You’ll find the regulars, Photoshop, Canva, and PowerPoint, in the list. I discovered a few new tools, including Wordswag (iOS only) and Instasize.