In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the User Experience Professionals Association mentor program, discover what the new Grids WordPress plugin offers, find what the real dark web is about, 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.
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Tweet of the Week
— zeldman (@zeldman) July 31, 2019
- Structured data is data that exists in a defined relationship to other data. Learn how Etsy uses structured data to improve the user experience for their customers.
- Practicing empathy can help you win customers. As Jim Dibble says,
The key to design thinking is knowing the context and mindset your customers bring to their experience of your product or service.
- One of my favorite tweets this week! Alternative text: a two-lane paved road goes under a bridge. Banner sign before the bridge says,
If you hit this sign, you will hit that bridge.
— Doug Collins (@DougCollinsUX) July 29, 2019
- The third round of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) Mentorship Program has been announced. The program runs from September 2019 to November 2019. Applications are being accepted for mentors (Google Form) and mentees (Google Form) until August 17, 2019. Note: mentees and mentors must be UXPA members.
- Creating accessible products and services improves usability for everyone, says Andi Galpern in Designing Accessible Experiences at Scale. Accessibility is a requirement.
- Love them or hate them, PDFs are a common method to share information online. Making accessible PDFs doesn’t have to be such a challenge when you create accessible PDFs as a team.
- As with websites, small font text in games is a problem. Avoid small text, use a larger font size.
Tiny text is the #accessibility issue I see complained about more than any other, and it’s getting worse. There are now legal requirements for it too (CVAA). Please consider sensible defaults & scaleable text. pic.twitter.com/XvuccVRGMA
— Ian Hamilton (@ianhamilton_) August 1, 2019
- Learn about the current state of WordPress accessibility, how to customize themes, plugins for accessibility, and how to test for accessibility in this full-day virtual WordPress Accessibility Workshop on August 7, 2019 from Knowbility.
- Would you be interested in helping to organizer a global accessibility event for WordPress? The WordPress is considering a virtual event, similar to the WordPress Global Translation Day.
- Join our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup group on August 20, 2019 for our Share Your Latest Project meetup. Group members will share their recently launched sites, project, or lessons learned in a casual meetup.
- The new Grids layout builder for WordPress is a plugin based entirely on the new Block Editor. Its focus is page layout and it leverages CSS Grid.
- When it comes to managing your website, there’s nothing worse than discovering your WordPress site has been hacked and compromised. Here’s what to do when your site gets hacked.
CSS and HTML
- Love this post from Charlie Owen where she discusses the real dark web, the 99% of web developers who are working on products and services that their organization needs. They’re likely not innovating, but they’re getting work done. Producing code that works, but may not be using the latest methods.
- Can you imagine using the web for a day on a budget of 50MB? That’s typical for many web users around the world. Find out what Chris Ashton learned when he spent a day browsing the web on a 50MB budget.
- Good reminder. Thank you, Jen!
The tools will change. The underlying technologies won't. (They'll evolve, but they won't go away.) https://t.co/VNr1knSmK3
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) July 28, 2019
- I’m familiar with the Can I Use? website, which provides info on browser support for HTML, CSS, and SVG features. This week I learned about another helpful site: Can I Stop? which offers info on which countries are using Internet Explorer 11.
What I Found Interesting
- I can imagine my friends and followers who live in hot areas will find this portable personal air conditioner that cools under your clothes an interesting concept.
- It’s back! The second October Big Day of birding returns October 19, 2019. Won’t you join me?
- Sigh. Another data breach. Doesn’t it seem these announcements are coming out daily? This time it’s Poshmark confirming a data breach.
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