I found great WordPress and user experience resources last week, so you’ll see a lot more resources in those two categories in this week’s roundup as well as many accessibility resources highlighting the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
Hope you find the resources helpful.
- Get Yourself Preprocessing in Just a Few Minutes : Chris Coyier shows you in less than 20 minutes how to get started with CSS pre-processors.
- Mastering CSS Gradients in Less Than an Hour: I use CSS gradient generators, but found this article helpful in understanding the syntax for gradients and browser support.
- The Top 8 Web Standards Myths Debunked: In the first article in a series about W3C Working Groups, Lea Verou walks us through eight misconceptions about web standards, with a focus on the CSS Working Group.
- Why Publishers Don’t Like Apps: A very good post from Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review, on their venture into iPad apps, and what went wrong.
- HTML5 Audio: The State of Play: Mark Boas follows up his 2009 article with the current status of audio. While there’s been a lot of advancement, Mark points there are still some issues with cross-browser support.
- What You Need to Know About HTML5 Video: A quick summary of HTML video highlighting <object> vs. <video> , attributes, controls and browser support.
- Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Conceived by developer Joe Devon, May 9 was designated as a day for people to think, talk and learn about digital accessibility. What started as a simple blog post by Joe spread via word of mouth and social networks and led to numerous events held around the world.
- Awareness: It all begins with awareness, says Derek Featherstone. As web designers and developers, we need to be aware people have issues using the web, and that we have the responsibility to provide solutions.
- Five Simple Ways to Learn About Accessibility on Global Accessibility Awareness Day: My post offering free and easy suggestions to learn about digital accessibility.
- TEDxMacatawa—Chris Klein—Seeing Unique Abilities: Lovely video from Chris Klein, a fellow who has cerebral palsy and uses a computer to speak his thoughts.
- How to Write an Effective Accessibility Statement: If you work at an organization considering an accessibility statement, use the best practices discussed in this post.
- Easy Fixes to Common Accessibility Problems: An older post from Yahoo! Accessibility highlighting simple changes you can make to improve accessibility on your sites.
- The Impact of Tablet Visitors on Retail Websites [PDF]: A Digital Marketing Insights Report from Adobe. The tablet user experience is more conducive to online shopping than the experience enjoyed by smartphone and traditional users.
- The Floppy Disk means Save, and 14 Other Old People Icons that Don’t Make Sense Anymore: Fun post from Scott Hanselman discussing how icons haven’t kept up with the times. Check the comments for more out-dated icons from readers.
- Seven Basic Best Practices for Buttons: Caroline Jarrett reminds us of some of the key things to focus on when designing buttons.
- 5 Reasons Why Metaphors Can Improve the User Experience: Sabina Idler of Usabilla shares examples of metaphors used in five websites. Have you found metaphors helpful to users in your designs?
- Principles of User Interface Design: Twenty design principles from Joshua Porter; my personal favorite is #18.
- A Separate Mobile Website? No Forking Way: Karen McGrane’s response to Jacob Nielsen’s recent article suggesting a separate mobile website is best. “Content mismanagement is the real problem.”
- WordCamp San Francisco 2012 Sponsorship Packages – Kettle Meet Pot: Tony Perez, organizer of two WordCamp San Diego events, asks why the WordPress Foundation has a different sponsorship policy for WordCamp San Francisco than all other WordCamp events.
… the sponsorship packages proposed for “WordCamp San Francisco” is just ridiculous. It goes contrary to any guidance the foundation has given around budgeting and sponsorships for WordCamps.
- QueryPosts: Another online site to add to your WordPress toolbox, an excellent detailed WordPress code reference.
- How to Organize an Online Book in WordPress: Step-by-step guide for using posts to organize an online book. Wonder how this guide compares to using something like Pressbooks?
- Login Logo Plugin: Easily customize the logo on the WordPress login screen.
- Plugin Contest is Live: What a wonderful way for WordPress users to get new plugins, a WordPress plugin contest between Andrew Norcross and Joe Hall.
- Social Media Real Time Results Plugin: Embed real time results from Facebook, Twitter and Google Blog Search in your pages and posts.
What I Found Interesting
- Call for Greater Diversity in the Web Industry: Craig Grannell’s post highlights concerns about under-representation, patronizing attitudes, sexism and an overall need for more diversity in the web industry, as well as leadership in W3C working groups.
- CDC Social Media Tools, Guidelines and Best Practices: An outstanding social media resource from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call: Dialing a rotary phone is a learned skill, just like texting. One of my favorite parts of this post is when childhood author Beverly Cleary shares her family experience learning how to dial a rotary phone.
- Super Useful Online Tools to Work with Images: With Picnik closed down, I looked for other alternatives for online tools. Which one did you find works best for you?
- Type geeks: The entire Helvetica alphabet turned into super heroes: Too funny. My favorite is the Green Lantern, what’s yours?