This week’s collection of resources includes techniques for shrink-wrapping and centering elements horizontally, a UX case study, announcement of a $10,000 grant to make the web more accessible, and more. Hope some of the resources are useful for your projects.
This weeks’s favorite tweet of the week:
If a TED talk "restored your faith in humankind," consider stepping away from the internet & interacting with actual humankind more often.
— Xeni Jardin 😷🏠 (@xeni) March 4, 2013
- Make your website printable with CSS: If you’ve created print stylesheets in the past, you want to check out this tutorial from Adrian Roselli highlighting some of the differences in producing a print version of a responsive website. Do you create a print stylesheet version?
- How to shrinkwrap and center elements horizontally: Roger Johansson offers four different techniques for shrink-wrapping and centering elements horizontally.
- Finer grained control of hyphenation with CSS4 Text: While still a “work in progress”, CSS4 offers different techniques for managing hyphenation in text.
- What Is the Client’s Role in User Research?: In his UX Magazine post, Jim Ross discusses the client’s responsibilities in user research from defining the problem through conducting iterative research. Loved Jim’s reminder about stakeholders:
Remember, stakeholders are not users. As the term implies, they’re people who have a stake in the project, and their role is to represent business needs.
- Breaking Down Amazon’s Mega Dropdown: Ben Kamens of Khan Academy looks at how Amazon’s submenus display, and develops his own code to duplicate the interface for the Khan Academy “Learn” menu.
- Triple Header Week: Whoa, last week was a very crazy week, as Nick Finck says in his blog post. Three presentations in one week, two focusing on user experience, the third on cross-channel experience. Thanks Nick for sharing your summaries and slide decks.
- The Amaze Digital Accessibility Grant: Have an idea on how to make the web more accessible? Apply for the Deque Systems $10,000 grant.
- WebVTT and captioning on the web: Did you know interoperable captions between browsers are enabled through the new Web Video Text Tracks(WebVTT) format? All browsers, but Firefox, have implemented minimum support to display captions on web video.
- Top Take-aways from CSUN 2013: Dr Scott Hollier of Media Access Australia shares his takeaways from last month’s conference including the open web, Google Apps accessibility guides, Android accessibility and Windows 8.
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB 3 Files: If you’re creating EPUB 3 files, follow these tips for navigation, structure, tagging, images, and rich media conent to improve the accessibility of your file.
- PressBooks goes GPL: If you’re not familiar, PressBook is a WordPress plugin that allows authors to create ebooks, PDFs, and web-based books. And they just announced that they are going open source with a full GPL 2.0 license. Have you ever created a book with the PressBooks plugin?
- Do you already have these 20 WordPress resources bookmarked?: Thanks Chris Lema for an excellent list of WordPress resources including sites for getting started with WordPress, tutorials, news, developer blogs, and hosting-based blogs.
- The WordPress Theme Customizer: Learn how the theme customizer is coded and how to add it to your theme.
- Using Google Fonts in Editor Style: This WP Tutsplus tutorial shows you how to match the look and feel of post content inside the editor to what’s shown to site visitors.
What I Found Interesting
- SXSW Festival Live: Couldn’t make it to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas? No problem. Check out the livestream schedule and listen to the podcasts (use the search in the sidebar to search by category and year) of the sessions.
- Younity Makes All Your Files Available Everywhere You Need Them: Whoa. Younity is a service that allows you to access all your files on all your devices, without syncing. Who wouldn’t find this useful?
- Researchers Claim To Discover the Single Most Efficient Exercise Regimen: Hmmm. According to this recent study from Australia, if you put in three 20-minute stints on an exercise bike per week for 12 weeks, and follow a specific regimen, you can lose as much weight as you would have with five to seven hours of jogging per week.