Celebrating the tenth anniversary of World Usability Day, storytelling with HTML, and changes in WordPress community leadership are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s web design and development roundup.
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OH: "We shouldn't do a usability test. What if we find something?"
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) November 14, 2014
- Prioritizing and charting the list of features for your next product, service, or website is a lot easier with a story map to plan sequences and estimate efforts for adding features.
Best of advice of the evening at #WUD2014: Focus on your core feature(s) and kill the remaining complexity.
— Heather Henderson (@ladyheatherly) November 14, 2014
- Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of World Usability Day, a day to celebrate and learn about making life easy. This year’s theme was engagement; check out my quick notes from World Usability Day Detroit last night.
- Jared Spool has named the Disney Magic Band the biggest user experience story of the year in his Beyond the UX Tipping Point article. What does an organization need to do to move beyond the UX tipping point?
- Jonathan Avila of the SSB Bart Group discusses key considerations for testing with speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.
— Alastair Somerville (@Acuity_Design) November 14, 2014
- When Ticketleap heard people with visual impairments were having issues registering for a Philadelphia hackathon, they took action to learn about and improve the accessibility of their product.
- Rian Rietveld explains the accessibility benefits of telling your story in HTML and shares a checklist to avoid creating puzzles for people who are blind.
- Using IFTTT to automate WordPress allows you to do all kinds of things, including creating a blog post when you post new content to SoundCloud, backup blog posts to Evernote, or creating a new post when you upload videos to YouTube.
- Brenda Barron explains the features and options in WordPress and compares them to Weebly. Which should you choose? It depends on your requirements.
- Two people who have worked hard at building the WordPress community are moving on to other roles at Automattic. Jen Mylo and Andrea Middleton announced they will be leaving their roles by the end of this year, and are looking to train deputies to take on WordCamp and Meetup responsibilities.
- If you don’t want your site listed in search engine results, here’s how to block search engines from crawling your WordPress site using the Setting options in WordPress and cPanel to password protect directories.
- I kept nodding my head as I read how to fix 10 responsive design problems. Are you using these solutions?
- In the first post of his series on responsive images, Steven Bradley discusses responsive images history, the srcset attribute, and browser support. He echoes what I’ve heard from many of my colleagues:
…I’ve sat on the sideline waiting for responsive images to sort themselves out.
- To learn about responsive web design adoption in 2014, Guy Podjarny tested the top 10,000 sites (per Alexa). Podjarny ran the same test last year. Interesting results to read, including learning eight percent of company websites went responsive in 2014.
CSS and HTML
- Wondering what the latest accessibility support is for HTML5 user interface features across browsers? Not unexpected, Firefox and Chrome are way ahead of Internet Explorer.
- Passing your SASS to someone SASS-less isn’t easy, says James Steinbach. But if you plan ahead of time, you have several options. Check the comments for more suggestions.
- If you’ve been coding HTML for more than ten years, you know it’s hard to keep up with what HTML elements are no longer in use. Here are five HTML elements that are obsolete, and you should no longer use.
What I Found Interesting
- If you find yourself needing to make a quick change to a vector image, take a look at the free web-based Method Draw application.
People calling Google Spreadsheets "Excel."
— Peter Merholz (@peterme) November 14, 2014
- I’m thrilled with Microsoft’s announcement today about the beta version of Skype that works in the browser. Now you can use Skype in the browser, without having to download an application.