In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about seven different inspection methods for user research, find out why the WordPress community is upset with the latest Jetpack version, discover how to use a CSS selector to target an empty element, 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
An #impostersyndrome hack that has worked for me:
1) Keep track of your accomplishments. Work you've done that has made you proud and/or happy.
2) Do not compare this list against anyone else's.
3) Do not feel obligated to share this list with anyone.
— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) August 8, 2019
- Did you know the side of a freeway sign that lists an exit name is always posted on the same side as the exit? There’s a lot user experience writers and designers can learn from street signs.
- One of the most frustrating things a user can experience:
— Neil Milliken (@NeilMilliken) August 9, 2019
- Jeff Sauro of Measuring U explains the similarities and differences of seven different inspection methods and recommends another look at this valuable user research method.
- Find out what events are happening in southeast Michigan this month in my August 2019 user experience and web professional events calendar.
- One of the 7 smart tech developments for people who are blind or have low vision is an app that describes landmarks around a person, providing a 3-D sound map of the area.
- In her review of Haben Girma’s published memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, Nicole Black highlights Girma’s work and experiences as she focused on increasing access to people with disabilities.
- Have you registered? The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) is hosting a free webinar Universal Design with Accessibility in Mind on August 23, 2019. The webinar is free, but preregistration is required.
- I’m glad to learn U.S. Senators are asking the Department of Justice for clarity on web accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Senators are requesting a written response to their questions by August 30, 2019.
- Thanks to Kinsta for publishing this helpful guide on how to create a WordPress child theme.
- Jetpack 7.6 was released this week, with new features and a marketing strategy that has the WordPress community frustrated. Including me. I can’t imagine any WordPress user will enjoy the shock of selecting a block only to discover a paid upgrade message in the editor.
- Moving forward! The WordPress theme review team is requiring all themes to implement keyboard navigation in five weeks time, by the third week of September 2019.
- My friend Claire Brotherton has published a comprehensive guide on setting up and customizing the Twenty Nineteen theme.
CSS and HTML
- Woohoo! Browser-level native lazy-loading is finally here, in Chrome.
- Did you know Mongolian is written vertically, from left to right? To support languages using a different writing mode, you need to know about the CSS writing mode property. Which is why I enjoyed Rachel Andrew’s article Writing Modes And CSS Layout articles explaining how to use writing mode in your layouts.
- A new selector for me. The CSS :empty selector allows you to style an element that has no children or text.
- When you use a web font in your designs, you’ll see a flash of unstyled content (FOUC) before the web font is loaded. Using the font style matcher tool will help you select a fallback font to minimize the flash during the initial render.
What I Found Interesting
- This news has potential to change up the podcast world. Google will index content of two million podcasts, which users can stream directly from search pages. As of August 2019, only available in English in the United States.
- Looking for a password generator? Try one of these five websites to create a safe and strong password.
- I leave you with an uplifting story of how a baby loon chick was found to have a tumor, taken from parents, and reunited with its parents after the tumor was removed.
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