In this week’s resources you’ll find a free online CSS3 generator, a tutorial for creating your own HTML5 game, get some tips on strengthening your WordPress login, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful!
- Jetpack 1.7: Custom CSS: Custom CSS is the latest feature to be added to the free Jetpack plugin. Edit CSS for your theme in the dashboard, with no child theme required.
- 8 CSS Tools for Better Web Design: Nice collection of free tools (except one) for creating and managing your CSS. I’m checking out SpritePad, an online application that allows you to drag and drop your images onto a grid, which creates the PNG and CSS code for you in seconds.
- CreateCSS3 : Another free useful online CSS3 generator.
- An Easy Guide To HSL Color In CSS3: A primer to understanding the HSL (hue, saturation, luminiosity) color model. Forget about sliders, instead think of a color wheel and distance, intensity and brightness.
- HTML5 Web Forms 2.0: Video of Estelle Weyl’s presentation at HTML5.TX, an open-web conference held in Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, the video has no captions or transcript.
- Talk HTML5 Games with the Experts – Resources and Transcript: Great resource for designers/developers interested in HTML5 games. Thank you Sitepoint for posting the transcripts and resources from the “Talk with the Experts” online chat.
- Outlook.com Could be the Email Game Changer: I have to admit the new Outlook.com interface is easy on the eyes, simpler to use than Gmail, and the social media integration is an added bonus. Did you know Outlook.com supports HTML and CSS formatting in the email message?
- It’s Business and It’s Personal: A long read, but the opening story caught my attention. Recognizing and acknowledging your customers as individuals is key to creating strong relationships and providing good experiences.
- 9 Biases in Usability Testing: Good reminders from Jeff Sauro on the biases you face when conducting usability testing. If you’ve done any testing, you’ll be familiar with many of the biases in Jeff’s article.
Every study has bias, but bias alone isn’t reason to dismiss the data.
- Create Wireframes That Work for You: Giovanni DiFeterici walks you through the basics of wireframing with suggestions to not get too far ahead of yourself: keep your focus on content and structure.
- What Will Google Trusted Stores Mean for WordPress Users?: If you care about search engine ratings, pay attention to how Google ranks Google trusted stores.
- New WordPress Security Presentation – The No BS Version: Thanks Tony Perez for sharing your slides from your security presentation at yesterday’s WordCamp Chicago conference.
- How To Become A Top WordPress Developer: While there’s a lot of comments disagreeing with the author’s suggestions for improving your WordPress skills, I came away with some action items.
- The WPLift Guide to Strengthening Login Security in WordPress: If you’ve ever had your WordPress site hacked, you don’t want it to happen again. Check out this post for good tips on securing the login. (Note: it’s just not installling one plugin, WPLift provides a number of steps for you to take to secure your site.)
- Path: A Free Responsive WordPress Theme For the Hybrid Core Framework: A new multi-author responsive theme built for blogs. Some cool features included with the theme are:
- nine page templates
- three menu locations
- Putting Accessibility into Infographics: My accessibility colleague and friend Karen Mardahl points out the accessibility issues of the popular infographic. And she asks the basic question: why don’t infographic designers provide transcripts with their work? Karen shares her transcript of a recent infographic on email accessibility.
- Notes on Accessible CSS Image Sprites: Steve Faulkner of The Paciello Group shares his notes on making CSS image sprites more accessible. Check the comments for another option.
- Can Assistive Technology Make a Website Accessible?: Karl Groves explains how many people believe assistive technology can “make things accessible.” He points out:
The only way to ensure a system works properly with assistive technologies is to build the system right.
- Websites with Free Educational Videos with Captions: Excellent resource from Captioned for Learning listing free educational videos for children as young as four years old to adults.
- Real-time Captions Helping Children Who Are Deaf in Australia: New technology transmits the teacher’s voice to a remote captioner, who then transcribes voice to text in real time. The technology is being used on trial basis for NSW and Victorian students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
What I Found Interesting
- Why Passwords Have Never Been Weaker, and and Crackers Have Never Been Stronger: Feel your passwords are safe? If you’re not using a password manager application, this article will change your mind.
- Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Button Has a Cool New Trick: Too fun. Hover your cursor over the “I feel lucky?” button.
- How to Find Work When It Doesn’t Find You: We’ve all been there when work slows down, where can I find more work? Check out this post for some ideas you may not have considered.