In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about asking clients to recruit user research participants, find out how to inspect the CSS cascade with Firefox DevTools, discover a roundup of web professional Advent calendars, 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.
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Tweet of the Week
Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself.
It only “works” when done for its own sake.
Hiking is walking meditation.
Journaling is writing meditation.
Praying is gratitude meditation.
Showering is accidental meditation.
Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
— Naval (@naval) December 5, 2019
- Email, instant messaging, and other communication platforms inundate us with daily information, often leading to confusion and lack of decisions. Information visualization offers one strategy for managing the confusion, by representing data in a way that’s easy to understand.
- Clients can be a good source for recruiting user research participants. But you’ll want to plan carefully to avoid issues.
Write the text of an email message or phone script for your clients to use when describing your research to potential participants.
- I wasn’t surprised by which website ranked highest for user experience in MeasuringU’s The UX of Pet websites. My neighbor, who has a dog, told me which one they prefer. What surprised me was how highly rated it was by users.
- Whatever your profession is, figuring out what to read as well as finding the time to read is a problem we all face. We all deal with too long; didn’t read in our daily life. Artificial intelligence isn’t the answer. Yet.
- It’s published! Checkout Heydon Pickering’s new “Inclusive Components”: Accessible, Bulletproof Front-End Patterns book and download a free PDF sample.
- From color contrast to font size to making content understandable, you’ll find a slew of helpful accessibility tips for web developers in Addy Osmani’s article.
While supporting zoom is almost never at the top of anyone’s list, optimizing for low-vision users is always appreciated.
- I remember when the lawsuit started in 2015. According to the settlement between the National Association of the Deaf and the university, Harvard must provide closed captions for their website and all online resources.
- Join Frances West, former chief accessibility officer at IBM, for a free Authentic Inclusion: Accessibility Leaders in Action webinar on December 10, 2019 to learn latest practices and solutions for accessibility technology and digital inclusion
- You’re invited! Join us on December 9, 2019 for our Metro Detroit WordPress December 2019 Holiday Networkingevent. We’ll enjoy great pizza at Buddy’s and good conversation with our fellow members. (Must RSVP by 5:30pm on Sunday, Dec 8, 2019)
- In Day 2 of the WP Snippets Advent Calendar, explains that when you upload an image, WordPress 5.3 creates 7 additional versions of that image. Here’s how to disable all those unwanted images sizes.
- It’s been one year this week since Gutenberg, the new block editor for WordPress, was released. Chris Hayes shares their thoughts on what it’s like one year later. (My thoughts: ater creating sites with the block editor on WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress, I have mixed opinions.
- With over 1,800 posts published on this blog, I need to focus on refreshing my existing content. Thanks to Torque for this useful post for updating old content.
CSS and HTML
- Excellent reference for learning how the CSS cascade works using Firefox Dev Tools [eight-minute video]. Thank you, Miriam Suzanne and Mozilla Developer.
- Since 2011, my higher ed colleague Erik Runyon has been tracking performance on higher ed website home pages. Here’s his list of the 10 fastest homepages in higher education for 2019. Our “old” Washtenaw Community College website, which I worked on, received an honorable mention.
- Looking for different options for styling focused elements? Check out a little fun with custom focus styles for tips on customizing focus states. Read the comments for helpful tips to avoid accessibility issues.
What I Found Interesting
- It’s that time of year! I’ve published my eighth edition of online Advent calendars for web professionals. Find web design, performance, accessibility, and other helpful calendars.
- Back for the 47th year, the annual Noel Night in Detroit is Saturday, December 7, 2019. I’ve been kicking off my holidays at Noel Night for years and love it! Note: this year’s event has a change in hours. From 1pm to 7pm, events are north of Warren Avenue. From 5pm to 10pm, events are south of Warren Avenue. Can someone clone me for the time when they crossover?
- Getting through the holidays when you’ve recently experienced loss can be frustrating and excruciating. Dr. Elizabeth Yuko shares some tips and resources to make it easier.
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