In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to make the most of design critiques, find a WordPress meetup about launching your website, discover how to align things in CSS, 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
Somewhere along the digital journey,
designers and engineers forgot that
BOTH disciplines are problem-solvers.
Engineering IS problem-solving.
Design IS problem-solving.
Imagine the outcomes and impact
when we solve problems
— Tonya Mork (@hellofromTonya) March 24, 2019
- What can you do to keep design critiques focused? Zachary Pfriem from Microsoft explains the key roles needed to make the most of a design critique as he discusses how you can best set the stage to keep the conversation going.
- Craft better link labels that your users can quickly understand by following the four S’s to encourage clicks.
- There’s much work to do to improve the user experience of smart home devices, says Paul Boag. I agree with his comment,
I got the distinct impression from my research that most smart home devices began life with companies looking at their existing product range and asking which they could add a ‘smart’ component too.
- To get better feedback about your products and services, be specific about what details you’re looking for. Leverage feedback effectively by asking clarifying questions, give time to get feedback, and don’t interrupt.
- Translations are now easier to find on the W3C WAI (World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative). Check for the “All Translations” link near the top of all W3C WAI pages.
- If you’re interesting in adding to the translations, the W3C WAI is looking for more volunteers to help with translating.
- What a great story to hear about the team that built the accessible Tesco grocery app, despite not getting buy-in from stakeholders.
- In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Joe Dolson has republished his leveling the playing field: we’re all differently abled post. (I remember reading it in 2009.)
How many left-handed people struggle with right-handed scissors? Is this disability?
- One new feature enabled by default in this week’s iOS 12.2 release has VoiceOver users concerned. And rightly so. The features allows your device to report to websites if you’re running assistive technology.
- Join us at our April 19, 2019 West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup Launching Your Website: Checklist of What do do Before and After. Suzanne Seibel explains how she uses Trello to create her site launch checklist and keep all the tasks organized.
- It doesn’t happen often, but here’s how to fix the briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error that displays on your WordPress site. Yes, it requires manual intervention.
- The WordPress 5.2 beta 1 is now available for download and testing. What you can expect: improved accessibility, new blocks, significant performance improvements (35 percent reduction in load time for long posts).
- Despite setting up security measures to keep hackers from attacking your site, you may wake up one morning to discover your site has been hacked. Here are practical tips for dealing with hacked site as well as information and resources for what you need to know before you hire someone to fix it.
CSS and HTML
- What’s the best method for aligning things in CSS? Rachel Andrew guides you through the different alignment methods, sharing some gotchas as well resources to help you learn more.
- The typical default for CSS custom properties is to set them up on the
:rootso they’re available throughout your site. As Keith Powell explains, there may be good use cases to move CSS custom properties out of
rootand scope them locally.
- In case you missed this new feature in Chrome Dev Tools, you can now learn more CSS details, including info about color contrast.
— Benjamin Plouzennec (@OkazariBzh) March 28, 2019
- Did you know Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 upwards support automatic hyphenation with CSS? So does Chrome on Android and MacOS (but not on Windows or Linux). Here’s all you need to know about hyphenation in CSS.
What I Found Interesting
- If you’re wondering how a design agency organizes their files for customer projects, check out this post from Clay Agency. You might not be familiar with their name, but you’re familiar with their user interfaces on sites like SpeedTest.
- The village of Mankosi in South Africa is in the middle of nowhere. No electricity existed until late 2018. Running water is a luxury. But they have a cheap, stable wifi network they built and registered themselves. Are mesh networks the future? (Watch the seven-minute video I didn’t embed because I don’t have permission.)
- Too funny. Chris Coyier has published a bunch of the Hello, I have a guest blog post proposal for you messages he receives. I get a couple dozen of these guest post proposals every week. Almost all are templates and it’s obvious they haven’t read anything on my blog.
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