In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll find an excerpt from a new information architecture book, learn how to display code on your WordPress site, discover the results of the 2018 WordPress meetup survey, 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
Enough with the excuses. There is never a perfect time to pursue your purpose, that voice that calls from deep within begging to make you greater, begging to make the world greater.
Sometimes you just have to take the leap.
— Laura Gassner Otting (@heylgo) April 18, 2019
- It’s not enough to observe and measure actions, you need to understand and measure attitude, says Jeff Sauro.
Just because a product does what it should, is priced right, and is reliable, doesn’t mean it provides a good user experience.
- Thanks to A List Apart for publishing an excerpt from chapter 4 of Everyday Information Architecture book by Lisa Marie Martin. The book was published this week by A Book Apart.
- Content in ads, social media, blog posts, and email is overwhelming. And unless you stand out with meaningful content, people aren’t going to read it. Learn how to create content people want and need.
The harsh reality is most people aren’t interested in your content.
- Show your ideas early and often.
Whenever I see teams struggle with both deadlines & quality, one contributing factor is common: they’re not making their work-in-progress visible to other people early enough. Embrace the ugly sketch, the half-baked logic flow diagram, the draft document.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) April 19, 2019
- What is a user experience engineer? I admit, I didn’t know until I read this article by Emma Wedekind explaining how they’re different from a front-end engineer.
- Know your audience, craft short sentences, and explain the meaning of abbreviations are three of the more than two dozen tips you’ll find in top tips for creating accessible, useful written content.
- Find out the five common questions about website accessibility teams ask about creating inclusive digital products.
- Some editors and content management systems add it by default. But if yours doesn’t, be sure to include it in your code.
Did you know that language also is very important to accessibility?
Add a `lang` attribute to the html tag to fix this error on your HTML pages!
— Lindsey Kopacz 🐞 aka "Little Miss Agenda" (@LittleKope) April 18, 2019
- Third post in the series reviewing Think Like a UX Researcher by David Travis and Philip Hodgson highlights how you can can avoid making the five common mistakes while conducting usability evaluations with people with disabilities. (Based on my experience, these mistakes are common across all usability evaluations.)
- Did you know that the method you use to hide content can impact the accessibility of that content? In Inclusively Hidden, Scott O’Hara highlights the various techniques for hiding content and explains how they are used.
- If you’re using the Genesis theme along with the Yoast SEO plugin, you’ll need to make some changes to take advantage of Yoast SEO structured data with Genesis.
- In Gutenberg 5.5, the new Group block allows you to nest other blocks inside it. In addition, you can align the Group block as well as any child blocks that have alignment settings.
- Not surprised. From the results of the 2018 Annual WordPress Meetup Survey, 19% of participants said the posted topic is the most reason they attend a meetup.
24% of respondents said they prefer meetup events on weekdays, and 34% prefer evenings.
- When it comes to displaying code on your WordPress site, you have multiple options to choose from. What method do you prefer?
CSS and HTML
- Impressive work by Kevin Newcombe, the game Concentration created in pure CSS.
- Ever had a design where you needed to control leftover grid items that don’t fill a row? Michelle Barker explains how to to control the behavior of the leftover items with pseudo-selectors.
- Expected in Firefox 69, DevTools will highlight why the CSS property doesn’t apply for an element, along with an explanation on how to fix it.
I've been involved in DevTools dev for years, and I've both had and heard many good ideas to improve it.
It's always a special feeling seeing on of them finally take shape.
Latest one to date: detect CSS properties that don't have an effect on the current element.
Sneak peek: pic.twitter.com/DlFXIW8I9j
— Patrick Brosset (@patrickbrosset) April 18, 2019
What I Found Interesting
- What an uplifting story! A dog was found swimming 135 miles offshore and oil rig workers rescued him from the water.
- Without realizing it, you might be revealing some personal information on YouTube. Here’s how you can protect your privacy on YouTube on the web and on mobile. Note: you’ll need to make changes to YouTube settings on all your mobile devices.
- What about you? Could you spend a week without using Google? Would you get annoyed having to make a phone call to get information about movie times? Or where a business is located?
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