In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what to consider as you create voice user interfaces, find out how to make your online store accessible, discover how a ten-year-old played an unexpected role in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, 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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Tweet of the Week
"There are a lot of people who are doing the right thing already; they don’t know its called accessibility, they just think it’s called good web design". Makoto Ueki @mak_en #A11y #Inclusion #DigitalAccessibility Experts pic.twitter.com/wPqDtwifRn
— Hassell Inclusion (@HassellInc) July 19, 2019
- As more technology is being controlled by voice, how will designers adjust their thinking to create voice user interfaces for everyday products and services?
- The new Twitter design has everyone talking. Arielle Pardes gets the inside story of Twitter’s new redesign, talking with the three-member team who led the first redesign in seven years.
- In their latest post of Cooper Professional Education’s Journal series, Teresa Brazen highlights the five essential principles of design-driven organizations and how to make them a part of your company’s culture.
- Doesn’t it make sense to use universal design to create a positive onboarding experience that is accessible to all employees, argues Nicholas Farman.
- Creating an accessible ecommerce website is a lot easier when you focus on it from the project start.
When it comes down to making your online store accessible, the important thing is to take the time to understand how those with disabilities will use your site.
- If you missed Jeannette Washington’s Accessibility Talks presentation last month, check out my recap of What’s Dyslexia Got to Do With It.
- University of Minnesota researcher Chen-Fu Liao is developing an app that uses Bluetooth to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Plans are to test the app in Stillwater, Minnesota in late 2019.
- With multiple users, user management on your WordPress site is crucial. I once took on a new client site where every user, over nine people, was an administrator of the site. Including two people who left the organization a year earlier. I quickly updated roles and removed the two people as users.
- For everyone using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin, update immediately. The latest All-in-One WP Migration version updates a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
- Looking for tips for your WooCommerce store? Here you go.
This coming Monday, July 22nd, we'll be co-hosting a Twitter chat with our pals @bluehost.
Join us from 2pm ET/1pm CT to get tips and resources for both new and existing online stores. ✍️
— WooCommerce (@WooCommerce) July 19, 2019
- Thanks to ManageWP for this in-depth explanation of what website blacklisting is and what to do if your website is blacklisted.
CSS and HTML
- If you’ve been working on the web more than 10 years, your first introduction to CSS margins was probably the box model. In this week’s Smashing Magazine post, Rachel Andrew takes a deep dive into CSS margins, explaining how they interact with each other and how margins collapse.
- MDN is conducting their first annual Web Developer & Designer survey to help browser vendors learn what we need, and how vendors can prioritize feature development. Take the 20-minute survey and share your thoughts.
- Browser inconsistencies lead to a negative end user experience, says Greg Whitworth. I couldn’t agree more! The
selectelement is one of several controls where developers and designers struggle with styling. Learn what Whitworth proposes in his initial thoughts on standardizing form controls.
- It’s been incredible to watch the advancements in browser dev tools for the past 10+ years, and they keep getting better. Chris Nwamba walks you though debugging CSS Grid with Firefox Dev tools, using Firefox Developer Edition.
What I Found Interesting
With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this week, there were so many incredible stories and news about the event that I could barely keep up! Here are some of my favorites.
- Imagine you’re ten years old, watching the Apollo 11 moon landing. And then finding you have an unexpected role to play in the Apollo 11 mission [three-minute podcast].
- Technology, data visualization, and analytics helped Apollo 11 land on the moon. But centuries-old navigation charts were crucial for the mission, as Andy Cotgreave discovered.
By mirroring the layout of stars and constellations in the night sky in a star chart, it was possible for astronauts to work out the correct course for a spacecraft during a space mission.
- Dozens of people were inside Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center when the rocket took off. But there was only one woman in the room, JoAnn Morgan, the instrumentation controller. Learn about Morgan’s 45-year career at NASA and how she broke the glass ceiling for women.
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