In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about Kudzu information architecture and how to fight it, find out about improved real-time collaboration in Google Docs for assistive technology, discover what HTML is optional, 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
The central promise of the World Wide Web is to make content accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a browser able to render HTML, and letting individual people choose how they want that content rendered. That's what makes the web powerful: #accessibility #a11y
— Morten @ Home (@mor10) August 21, 2019
- Have you heard of Kudzu information architecture (IA)? I have to admit, it’s the first time I’ve heard that term. But what it describes is something I’ve very familiar with. Dylan Willbanks explains how Kudzu IA grows in an organization and how to fight it.
- In my opinion, Chris’s advice for technical writing isn’t only for technical writing. It’s for any writing you do. Write what you know about. Add subheadings to make it easy for readers to scan your content and learn what it’s about.
- This week I enjoyed filling out an online account signup form (can you imagine?). Which is why I gave the Get Together event manager a UX win for their design and attention to the user.
- The terms market research and design research are often used interchangeably in organizations. But they’re not the same thing, argues Carol Ong and Mario Van Der Meulen. And they’re not opposites either. They co-exist to provide
…overlapping perspectives that form a more complete picture.
- Call for Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals for California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is now open. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 3:00PM Pacific Time.
- Nice! Google has improved real-time collaboration in Google Docs for assistive technology users. Live edit summary displays in the sidebar, once you go to Tools > Accessibility and enable “Turn on screen reader support.”
- The U.S. Federal Court has ruled in favor of disabled students who brought suit against Los Angeles Community College District for violating the students’ rights under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Join the livestream of the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup group on August 27, 2019 when Marcy Sutton and Derek Featherstone hold a panel discussion on accessibility and inclusive design.
- Can you help? The WordPress 5.2.3 Release Candidate 1 is available for download and testing. The version has 29 bug and regression fixes. Release date is scheduled for September 4, 2019.
- Want to add an interactive quiz to your website, but not sure where to start? Get your questions answered in WPMU’s how to create a WordPress quiz article that walks you through the steps using the free Forminator plugin.
- Great news for people using WP Engine for web hosting! Wordfence now works on WP Engine and with load balancers.
- While not everyone in the WordPress community agrees, it appears the majority of people in this week’s online meeting want to move forward with auto updating sites to version 4.7.
CSS and HTML
- I’m a huge advocate of people having their own personal website. Own your content, don’t rely only on third-party sites like Medium or Facebook to promote your ideas and thoughts. Shoutout to Chris Shiflett for sharing his tips on why you need a personal website and how to build one.
- Have we moved on from selling responsive design, as Jay Freestone says? Does the term “responsive web design” still work as we move toward designing at the modular level?
- Check out this CodePen example for creating an accessible, simple, CSS-only checkbox. Appreciate the comments Jen Simmons added in the styling.
- Do you know what HTML code is optional? Jens Oliver Meiert provides an overview of optional HTML, which can make a difference when it comes to production and performance.
- It’s been a while since I thought about the
border-spacingin tables. Did you know it only applies when default
border-collapse: separateis used? It doesn’t apply when you use
What I Found Interesting
- Sad news. The world’s oldest webcam is shutting down after a quarter of century of use. FogCam will be closed down at the end of August 2019.
- I use Feedly for my RSS feeds, how about you?
Remember when RSS was really good and let you easily aggregate your news instead of letting large corporations like Facebook, Apple, Google and News Corp, curate it for you?
You can still use RSS if you don't what a corporation telling you what to read.
— Alex Cranz (@alexhcranz) August 22, 2019
- They’re superfast and amazing to see when they’re hunting for prey. Peregrine Falcons are feathered fighter jets, basically.
- The physical titanium Apple Card is making its way out to users. But you can’t let the card touch denim or leather, due to its specialized finish. Huh?
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