April 24, 2020: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to improve UX writing, find a free virtual WordPress conference, discover how to use CSS for internationalization, 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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User Experience

Accessibility

  • States moved quickly to create coronovirus pages, but unfortunately created multiple accessibility barriers for blind users with low color contrasts, empty links or buttons, and missing input labels.
  • With more people moving to ordering restaurant food online, Josefin Wessman highlights five ways to improve the accessibility of takeaway apps.
  • Avoid limiting accessibility to visual design.
  • The coronovirus pandemic has led to restrictions for people around the world, but has opened up the world for people with disabilities.
  • My friend Meryl Evans explains what’s important for captioning videos correctly as she reviews the best automatic captioning tools for video calls. I was sorry she didn’t get as good results as I have with Web Captioner.

WordPress

CSS and HTML

  • In Ahmed Shadeed’s latest in-depth article, he delves into spacing in CSS, explaining what you need to know about padding, margin, CSS Grid Gap, CSS Flexbox Gap, and CSS positioning.
  • The website pages we create have become too big, too heavy, they take too long to download. We’ve ruined the Web. Here’s how we fix it, says Jeremy Keith.

    We should all be responsible for this, no matter what your job is.

  • In part 2 of his “Here’s what I didn’t know about…” series, Manuel Matuzovic shares what he’s learned about the CSS color property. Did you know that when you change the color value of an element, its border color changes as well?
  • Long read, well worth it to learn how you can use CSS for internationalization. You’ll discover what methods to use to apply different styles to different languages on a multilingual page with CSS as well as what CSS properties provide layout and typographic capabilities.

What I Found Interesting

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Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.

2 thoughts on “April 24, 2020: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News”

  1. Thank you for adding the article, Deborah. Web Captioner’s main downfall is that I cannot get it to contain the captions within the window. I need to have the video in front with the captions. Between captions and lipreading, it’s the most accurate option. Well, humans captioning is the very best. (I just added that to the article.) If there is no video, then Web Captioner could very well be the best option.

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