In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to improve the usability of your forms, find keys to accessible web typography, discover how to section your HTML, 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
Maybe you don’t realize this, but you’re a role model. Maybe to thousands, maybe to a small dozen.
People read what you write, and are hoping to learn from it. Try setting a good example of what makes this community great, take everything else offline.
— Max “Tim Van Damme” Voltar [emoji] (@maxvoltar) June 18, 2019
- As the first UX researcher at a medium-sized startup company, Meghan Wenzel learned that practicing what you preach as well as experimentation, observation, and openness to change were crucial to her success.
- Making it clear what form fields are required goes far toward improving usability of your forms.
- Join Dan Klyn, co-founder of The Understanding Group and Andrew Hinton, senior digital experience architect at State Farm on Sunday, June 23 for their live webinar, Let’s Talk about Information Architecture.
- One of the key points of the classic Don’t Make Me Think book I learned when I read it for the first time: don’t break the back button.
- First of the five keys to accessible web typography: set your base font size in relative units. Avoid using pixels.
- This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision, which protects the rights of Americans with disabilities.
- One of the quickest ways to check accessibility on your website.
Quick tip for #a11y:
Go to your site and navigate via keyboard. Just press tab, and look at the mess. Then fix it.
Quick wins for keyboard users (and me, when my mouse doesn't work).
(learned from my friend @mmatuzo)
— Sumit Kumar (@TweetsOfSumit) June 19, 2019
- If you’ve been wanting to make your website accessible, but don’t know where to begin, check out the Voices article on how to make your site accessible for all. You’ll learn about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), screen readers, understanding six core skills, and more.
- What’s it like to be moderately deaf? It’s a question Sunil Suri gets asked frequently. I appreciate him sharing his experience. He reminds us that the experience is not unique to him.
- Did you know you can watch the WordCamp Europe 2019 livestream on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22? It’s free, no registration or ticket required.
- The WordPress 5.2.2 maintenance version has been released, with 13 bug fixes and improvements to the new Site Health feature.
- If you’ve been challenged with images and alignment using the Gutenberg editor, my friend Claire Brotherton wrote about how to align images and text in WordPress Gutenberg without woes.
- I’ve never understood why it’s not in WordPress core. Yoast and Google are collaborating on a proposal to add XML sitemaps to WordPress core.
CSS and HTML
- It’s a long read, but worth your time as Daniel Tonon takes a deep dive into how to section your HTML.
- One of the simplest ways to optimize Google Fonts performance: reduce the number of fonts you use. In his Smashing Magazine post, Danny Cooper, creator of the Google Fonts WordPress plugin, shares tips on how you can improve font performance.
- Why should you know HTML and how it works? HTML is the web.
Who knows what technology will come next and how it will consume your app but I’ll bet my bottom Bitcoin it’ll work better if it can easily read, parse and traverse your content.
- When Firefox version 68 is released in July 2019, it will include the updated CSS Scroll Snap specification. Meaning it will have the same CSS Scroll Snap specification as Chrome and Safari. Snapping will work the same way across all three browsers.
What I Found Interesting
- Think using Gmail’s confidential mode will keep your email messages secure and private? Think again. Google can still read your emails.
- This week’s announcement from Apple that they’re partnering with BestBuy for expanded repair services is good news for Apple customers who don’t live near an authorized Apple service store.
- In how to turn customer woes into customer whoas, Scott Monty shared his recent travel experience with three brands, and how they exceeded, met, and failed his expectations.
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