In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how paper wireframing can make you a better designer, discover an upcoming meetup to discuss web accessibility, find out how to manage a legacy codebase, 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
I said this in my talk @aneventapart and will continue to say it: for years accessibility has been seen as an engineering thing. Yes, it is. AND it is also a design problem. Code doesn't solve every issue. #aeachi #accessibility #InclusiveDesign #a11y
— Derek Featherstone (@feather) August 28, 2018
- With so many wireframing apps available, why would you choose to wireframe on paper? Alexander Skogberg explains how paper wireframing can make you a better designer.
- Results of a February 2018 perception and usability study with over 400 participants shares some interesting findings of the user experience of U.S. government websites. Guess which site was the leader with best scores from users?
- Good advice.
My guidelines for naming things (features, etc.) in products:
1. What do your users call it? You should call it that.
2. If your users don't call it anything, or don't yet have the concept, reconsider the feature. Try to offer it in a way that they can relate to.#pm #ux
— Matt Ryall (@mryall) August 31, 2018
- When we talk about user’s manuals, we think of an application, program, or some complex way of doing things. But have you considered writing a user’s manual for yourself?
- While I wasn’t there in person, I heard that my friend Rian Rietveld gave an excellent workshop on Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) at WordCamp Nijmegen 2018. Check out what she discussed, coding examples,and resources on her Who’s Afraid of ARIA workshop page.
- Short notice, I know. But if you’re in the southeast Michigan or northwest Ohio area, join our Refresh Detroit group on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 for our Let’s Talk About Accessibility meetup.
- Coming later this year, Microsoft OneDrive will soon automatically transcribe your video and audio files. Only for Business plans, but I wonder if all Business plans will include the feature?
- Screen readers are just one of many ways to check website accessibility.
#A11y testing should go beyond the #screenreader , even beyond screen enlargement. There are a wide variety of access issues relating to hand-eye co-ordination, ability to use a mouse, tolerance of colour and movement, font size and style, language levels etc etc,
— Robyn Hunt (@AccEase) August 31, 2018
- Thanks to Anders Norén for publishing his new WP Glossary site that translates WordPress terms into plain English. Helpful guide, each term includes a plain English definition, how it’s used, along with some historical background. Worth bookmarking.
- Nice! Starting this week, WP Engine customers now have access to the Genesis Framework and 35 premium WordPress StudioPress themes for free.
- If you’re aren’t following Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s blog or tweets, I highly recommend it.
Whether you agree with him or not, you should appreciate how @mor10 articulates the deep-rooted *human* problems we face as a WordPress community. Clear communication & direction — from many sides (<–sucks saying that) — is needed.
— Matt Medeiros (@mattmedeiros) August 30, 2018
- Timing for this post on automatically publishing your blog post to LinkedIn with a custom message couldn’t have been better. I was chatting with a client about publishing to LinkedIn this week, and quickly referred them to the post.
CSS and HTML
- We all know inheriting a legacy codebase is a challenge. Find out what H J Chen learned when she dug deep into refactoring an inherited codebase. And why she decided to burn it all down.
- As virtual assistants and other voice-based technologies become popular it’s up to web professionals to create voice-friendly content. Aaron Gustafson offers useful tips for conversational semantics—learn to write markup that is more inclusive for search engines, screen readers, smart speakers and chatbots.
- Take a step back before starting to write code.
The more time I spend writing code, the more importance I find in not writing code first. Asking questions, trying to understand the root problem we're trying to solve, and figuring out a good solution (for my team and the client) for that problem. That's where my strength lies.
— Morgan Estes (@morganestes) August 30, 2018
- If you haven’t switched to using the Firefox browser, here’s another reason you might want to. In their anti-tracking approach announced this week, Firefox plans to strip cookies and block storage access from third-party tracking content in the upcoming Firefox 65 release.
- Learn how to add structured data to your web pages in this five-step tutorial from Google. (Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes. You’ll be working directly with HTML code.)
What I Found Interesting
- In a major step forward for a technology company, Microsoft announced this week they will only sign contracts with service providers that offer paid family leave.
- If you’re still using Yahoo mail, you may want to reconsider. Yahoo is the only email service provider that scans your messages for data to sell to marketers.
- What a marvelous idea!
Two years ago, I was saying “do you have any questions?”. Last year I switched to “what questions do you have?” It made a difference. Today I tried “ask me two questions”. And they did! And those ?s led to more ?s. It amazes me that the littlest things have such a big impact!
— Andre Sasser (@MrsSasser) August 27, 2018
- Can you imagine building a lifesize Bugatti out of LEGOs that can be driven? That’s what LEGO did. And it works.
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