In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the state of user research, find a guide for implementing accessibility in your organization, discover a visual guide to CSS Z-index, 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
I’m safe on Mars. Perseverance will get you anywhere.
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021
- The third annual State of User Research report has been released, based on 525 user researchers in 44 countries participating. Not surprised to learn 90% of user researchers have worked entirely remotely since the start of the pandemic, compared to 21% in the prior year.
- Think contrasting color schemes and micro interactions produce a pleasing design for users? Not when those users are on the autism spectrum or have developmental disabilities. Discover the three lessons the Very Big Things agency learned when they used empathy to design for inclusion.
- One of the first things I learned in my user experience class: keep confirmation actions far apart from destructive or highly consequential actions. Prevent errors with dangerous UX when consequential actions are close to benign options.
- Oops. Users can get easily frustrated when plain language and microcopy aren’t prioritized in a design. And it can be costly, as Citibank learned the importance of user interface design. Rather than making a $7.8 (USD) million interest payment, it sent $900 million.
- Learn how to introduce, evangelize and gain buy-in for accessibility within enterprise organizations at the Feb 23, 2021 The Business Impact of Creating Accessible Experiences webinar featuring Ashley Schroeder, Brian Crumley, and Whitney Quesenbery. The webinar is free, but requires preregistration.
- Do you create custom checkboxes? Are they screen reader friendly?
If you hide checkboxes using display: none; and add custom styling in CSS, you might as well remove it from the DOM. For screen reader users the experience would be pretty much the same. https://t.co/FvuNYlADLq
— Manuel Matuzović (@mmatuzo) February 19, 2021
- If you’re planning to conduct an accessibility audit, register for one of the free online introduction sessions for Hugr on February 24, 2021 or March 3, 2021. Created by Dig Inclusion, Hugr is a collaborative tool to test and report accessibility.
- Digital accessibility applies to your website as well as the digital services you use for your online community, job board, or learning management system. Discover how your organization can implement an accessibility plan in this four-step guide.
- In her first post in her WordPress Block Editor Tutorial series, Amanda Rush provides an in-depth introduction to the WordPress Block Editor for screen reader users. Rush explains what blocks are, provides keyboard shortcuts, and walks you through editing options.
- I’ve run into this issue as well, and I’d love to find a footnotes block. Finding the right WordPress block can be an adventure in futility.
We are over two years into the block editor and still do not have a block directory and management screen built directly into the software.
- Did you know about the login and registration screen changes expected in WordPress 5.7? You’ll now see separate buttons to generate or save a password.
- Thanks to the dedication and research of Joe Dolson who reported fake reviews to the plugin team, WordPress.org removed fake reviews for the AccessiBe plugin. Known for its quick fix accessibility overlay, AccessiBe is not a plugin most accessibility advocates, developers, or designers recommend.
CSS and HTML
- I’m loving all the helpful articles Ahmad Shadeed publishes about CSS, and this week’s visual guide to understanding Z-index in CSS is no different. And the rubber ducks and fish make it a fun read! Definitely something you’ll want to bookmark.
- If you found Litmus’s solution for fixing Microsoft Outlook replacing
divin your emails, you’ll be glad to know Microsoft implemented an update that rolled out this week.
- What you need to be prepared for:
Modern CSS is all about styling content based on context, while also styling context based on the content based on context…
It's pretty amazing how often CSS can do both at once, but then a total shock & disappointment when this creates impossible loops or poor performance.
— Mia || Miriam (@MiriSuzanne) February 18, 2021
What I Found Interesting
- For anyone who uses Chrome for their browser, you’ll want to review this list of helpful Chrome extensions. One that’s not on the list that I’ve used daily for years: Nimbus for screenshots and videos (runs on Firefox and Chrome).
- I enjoyed reading Samuel Lee Miller’s three do’s and don’ts recommendations of icon design Clear, concise advice on creating effective icons. First tip: don’t design icons without research.
- Want to stop your email from being tracked? One quick method: choose to not download images in messages (tracking pixels are often hidden in an image). Thanks to The Verge for providing directions on how to disable images in Apple Mail, Gmail, Outlook, and other mail apps.
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