In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to ask video creators to add captions to their videos, find a summer WordPress meetup networking event, discover pro tips for working with Slack, 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 stories I’ve read in the past week.
Hope you find the news and resources helpful in your work or projects!
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Tweet of the Week
Choosing to do things the right way, rather than the fast way, because the right way has a MUCH higher probability of success.
— Derek Featherstone (@feather) August 7, 2018
- Congratulations to the Nielsen Norman Group on their 20-year anniversary! Did you know the user experience field in 1998 was two percent of its current size in 2018?
- What is UX research?
— Diana Sapanaro (@DianaSapanaro) August 9, 2018
- In Tiantian Xu’s fifth (yes, she’s completed five of them) 100-day project, she taught herself to create 50 pieces of animation in 100 days. And she encourages everyone to take on 100-day projects.
I want to belong to the 1% people who creates content — this thought has motivated me to show up every day, especially when it’s hard.
- A good example of the experience rot Jared Spool writes about in his latest post: your TV remote control. What was once a device that controlled volume and channel changing is now a complex feature-filled device that is no longer delightful to use.
- Wondering how to tell the author of a video to add captions? Rikki Poynter has some pointers on how to ask YouTube authors to caption their videos.
- Already have a visible label on your form control?
ARIA pro-tip. Don't use `aria-label` for a form control that already has a visible label. Your visible label should be fine. If it isn't, then don't rely on ARIA to fix that, just fix it directly.
— Karl Groves 🇺🇸 (@karlgroves) August 7, 2018
- If you missed this week’s A11y New York City Inclusive Web-based Virtual Reality: A11Y & WebXR Immerses the Visually Impaired event, they’ve posted the video and transcript.
- The latest post in Knowbility’s series on the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Success Criteria explores WCAG 2.1 — 1.4.11 Non‑text Contrast.
- Yoast SEO users are in for a sneak preview of what to expect when Yoast SEO 8.0 is released next week with its first version of adding Gutenberg (the new WordPress editor) compatibility.
- You’re invited! Join us at our Metro Detroit WordPress networking meetup on August 13, 2018 for an evening of networking, food, and drinks with your fellow meetup members.
- Wondering whether your website is ready for Gutenberg? Use this six-item checklist to review your site before Gutenberg launches.
- If you’re setting up your WordPress blog, avoid these five most common mistakes. The first three are the ones I see most often when I chat with our West Metro Detroit WordPress and Metro Detroit WordPress meetup members.
CSS and HTML
- Choose the appropriate HTML element available to you. Don’t just use
div, says Mandy Michael in Understanding why Semantic HTML is important. Make the most of HTML,
…like you would any language you choose to code with.
- In our efforts to make the web more secure by implementing HTTPS, we’ve made the web less accessible to thousands, likely, millions of people, says Eric Meyer.
- If you’ve ever asked, seriously, what is a progressive web app?, you’ll want to read Amberley Romo’s deep dive into what it is.
- What is typesetting and why does it matter? Check out an excerpt of chapter one from Tim Brown’s Flexible Typesetting book.
- I know it’s a long post but it may help explain issues you experienced previously with CSS Grid. Manuel Rego Casasnovas discusses how percentages work in CSS and a change of behavior on CSS Grid Layout related to percentage row tracks and gutters in grid containers with indefinite height.
What I Found Interesting
- Use Slack? Here are some pro Slack tips to declutter your sidebar, search within a channel, and more.
- Google honored the work of Mary G. Ross, the first American Indian female engineer, with a Google Doodle celebrating her 110th birthday this week. Ross developed concepts for interplanetary space travel, manned and unmanned earth-orbiting flights, and orbiting satellites.
- The web is made of edge cases. Did you know that if you set Can I Use to hide browsers with less than one percent usage, you hide almost 12 percent of the world? That’s 900 million people, or three times the population of the United States.
People will use your site how they want, and according to their means. That is wonderful, and why the Web was built.
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