Though this past week was overshadowed by news of the latest WordPress version, there was plenty of other great posts on CSS coding, HTML5 web comics, Windows 8 from a user experience perspective, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful.
- Coding Q&A With Chris Coyier: Box-Sizing and CSS Sprites: The return of Smashing Magazine‘s Q & A with Chris Coyier answering questions on box-sizing, CSS sprites, triangles, and server-side optimization.
- Create Website Style Guide: Maintain branding and consistency on your website. We all say we’re going to document our styles, but there never seems to be time. Good reminder from the author Steve Fisher, “No one is a mind reader.”
- CSS Hat: A Magic Button That Turns Photoshop Styles Into CSS: Photoshop plugin that looks at a Photoshop layer, analyzes the characteristics, and writes the CSS to duplicate the layer.
- 4 Amazingly Impressive HTML5 Web Comics: Pretty amazing demo and first starts to using HTML5 features to enhance comic strips.
- The Future of HTML5 Video: Bruce Lawson of Opera summarizes where we are now with HTML5 video and what the future holds with WebVVT, full-screen video, and WebRTC.
- Rich Internet App Accessibility: Ryan Hemphill and Bradley Momberg of Cengage discuss their Christmas Paradigm and how to put ARIA in practice.
- Open letter to Opera re: Accessibility Support: With Opera 12 released, Steve Faulkner of The Paciello Group wonders why Opera still doesn’t support assistive technology, and offers his suggestions on where Opera should start first.
- Contrast-A: Looking for WCAG 2.0 compliant accessible color contrast combinations? Use this online color application.
- Midwest UX 2012 Conference Page on Lanyrd: Links to over 65 slideshows, notes, writeups, photos and more from the May 31 – June 2, 2012 Midwest UX 2012 conference in Columbus, Ohio.
- User Experience Takeaways From Online Car Shopping: Lyndon Cerejo shares what user experience professionals can learn from online car shopping.
- A Primer on Responsive Design: From Content to Development: Good overview of what to consider, what it means for your content strategy, and five tips to get you or your team started in responsive design.
- Windows 8 and the Art of UX Compromise: Review of Windows 8 with a focus on the user experience issues of trying to provide both touch and keyboard interface in one system.
- Ten Books To Boost Your Experience of User Experience: If you’re looking for an excellent foundation of books on user experience, check out this list from Making Sense. I’m ordering the last book, The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems by Jef Raskin.
- WordPress 3.4 Green: Official announcement by Matt Mullenweg of the newest version of WordPress.
- Feature Breakdown of WordPress 3.4 “Green”: Nice summary of WordPress 3.4 features by Ryan Imel of WPCandy.
- White Label Framework: From Seth Carstens, a lightweight flexible parent theme intended for developers to quickly move from PSD to theme.
- Meta Valuables, a WordPress Development e-book: From Clark Wimberly, code samples, tips, a name-your-price purchase model and more info than you can imagine about meta data makes this an e-book you don’t want to miss.
- Displaying Code on a WordPress Site: Some great tips, apps and plugins for easier code display from Chris Coyier.
What I Found Interesting
- Every Business Needs the Cloud, Period: It’s not hard for companies to use the web and social media better, says Matthew Guay.
- Responsive Images: What’s the Problem and How Do We Fix It? Matt Dixon of Opera discusses the issues with responsive images, current strategies, challenges with our current tool set, and pros and cons of solutions.
- Notes to an Agency Starting Their First Responsive Web Project: Good reminders and guidelines on what to consider as you start your first responsive web project.
- Try Aviary’s Awesome New Mobile Image Editor: I’ve been using the online Aviary image editor for years. Looking forward to installing it to see what it offers beyond cropping, color saturation, image brightness, contrast and Instagram-like filters.
In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share this wonderful story about Dan Werner, his football coaching life, and the decision he chose when tragedy struck his family.