February 5, 2021: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why the best user experience is forgettable, find a new automated accessibility testing tool, discover some cool CSS for your next project, 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.

Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!

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User Experience

Accessibility

  • For anyone who plans online events, you’ll appreciate this amazing online guide for how to make your virtual events accessible from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Get tips for producers and speakers, learn how to meet regulations, and find handy checklists. Hat tip to my friend Sarah Bourne.
  • Always remember accessibility is about people.

  • In her latest post, Evinced is Pushing the Limits of Automated Accessibility Testing, accessibility expert Marcy Sutton announced she is consulting with Evinced, a startup using computer vision and artificial intelligence to evaluate web pages with their testing tools suite.

    I thought they were quite ambitious to tackle problems in an already-crowded space but their revolutionary approach to analyzing webpages filled a gap for me immediately…

  • As he explains in Why Brands Must Make Accessibility the Cultural Default, Andrew Kirkpatrick, director of accessibility at Adobe, says organizations and businesses need to better understand the reasons why accessibility matters.
  • Make accessibility a priority from the start for your project. In this week’s Press this Podcast episode, host David Vogelpohl talks with Nick Croft as they discuss why installing plugins isn’t a fix for accessibility.

WordPress

  • Launched this month, the new WP Briefing podcast is for WordPress users, builders, and contributors to
  • Join the Philadelphia WordPress Group on February 18, 2021 when Cami Kaos will present Content Creation: I can do that. Once an avid blogger, Cami will discuss delving back into creating content, what blocks you from writing content, and how to keep creating.
  • You can expect a new redesign soon for the WordPress block manager, according to WP Tavern. One feature under discussion for the redesign: showing the number of instances where a block is used on a site.
  • The WordPress 5.6.1 maintenance version was released this week, fixing 20 bugs as well as seven issues for the block editor. If your site supports automatic background updates, the update has likely already been completed.

CSS and HTML

What I Found Interesting

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About the Author

Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.
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