In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create better cookie consent experiences, find a helpful web accessibility testing guide, discover what’s new in the refreshed Helvetica typeface, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!
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Tweet of the Week
The next time you feel embarrassed about your skill with technology, just remember that one of the scientists who literally figured out how to look at a black hole just struggled publicly with the presentation remote. It happens. We move forward.
— 🌱 Michael Vaughn 🌦 (@MichaelAVaughn) April 10, 2019
- How do you scale user experience research from a team of 20 people to a company with over 100,000 people around the world? And enable teams to have their “eureka moments”? In People, Products, and Epiphanies, Jens Riegelsberger who leads the Google UX team, explains how meeting directly with users leads to seeds for new ideas and improvements to existing products.
- In the second post of the series, Vitaly Friedman takes a deep dive into cookie consent prompts and how we can create better cookie consent experiences.
- Your product or service is never done.
— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) April 11, 2019
- When it comes to getting access to users and doing UX design earlier, Jonathan Walter recommends you take a firm stance. Choose your battles, but don’t create unnecessary obstacles.
- If you’re getting started with color accessibility in your web projects, there’s no better place to start than Stephanie Walter’s color accessibility: tools and resources to help you design inclusive products.
- Thanks to Lainey Feingold for publishing her summary post of her 2019 Digital Accessibility Legal Update presentation at this year’s CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.
- In the past, when a client asked whether web developers could identify a user that is using assistive technology, like a screen reader, our answer was “No.” As Mat Marquis explains in Accessibility Events, that changed with the latest versions of iOS and MacOS, which have enabled (by default) a setting that tracks when someone is using VoiceOver.
We’ve been here before as users; we’ve made these mistakes before as developers. We know better now.
- Inspired by a Microsoft hackathon, the new eye-controlled wheelchair system allows users to move their wheelchair by looking at one of eight points on a tablet; their eye movements are tracked through a camera.
- Looking for a checklist to get started with web accessibility testing? Take a look at Lindsey Kopacz’s web accessibility testing process for guidance.
- WordPress 5.2 beta 2 is now available for download and testing. Note: As of this release, WordPress will have a minimum version requirement of PHP 5.6.20.
- After an outlash from the WordPress community last week, Jetpack 7.2.1 removes promotions for paid upgrades from the search screen. IMO, it was clearly advertising, and a violation of the repository policy.
- Want to add some custom CSS to your WordPress theme or plugin? My recommendation: the free Simple CSS plugin.
- Using the Advance Contact Form 7 DB plugin on your WordPress sites? A SQL injection security vulnerability has been discovered; update now to the 1.6.1 version.
CSS and HTML
- It’s your turn to take part in this year’s 2019 Front-end Tooling Survey. The survey only takes a few minutes, but take the survey soon since it closes the end of April 2019. Results of the survey will be published online.
- I know I’m grateful!
Fav if you ever:
– Used background sprites and position: absolute;
– Ran VMWare on your Mac so you could test in IE6.
– Raged against IE dropping HasLayout from an element.
– Used a <font> tag.
Reminiscing this morning and am so thankful that CSS and browsers are very good now.
— Cap Watkins (@cap) April 10, 2019
- It’s one of the most popular and well-known typefaces. And now Helvetica has received a refresh with over 40,000 characters redrawn, and a new name: Helvetica Now.
- Rachel Andrew takes a closer look at the
displayvalues in the CSS Level 3 Specification and how they’re different from earlier CSS versions.
What I Found Interesting
- Amazing news this week: the first-ever photo of a black hole! Kudos to California Institute of Technology assistant professor Dr. Kate Bouman, who as a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology led development of the software program that created the image.
- It’s where I spend a good amount of my time on every project: educating your clients is a vital project management skill.
- Who can’t use some helpful Google Drive tricks to make your life easier? I know I’ll be making use of the Chrome extension to save to Google Drive.
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