March 6, 2020: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about prototyping to test your assumptions, find out why you shouldn’t use an accessibility overlay, discover tips for leading remote teams, 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

  • Prototyping can lead to better solutions for your target audience, says Tony Kim in when you find a good idea, look for a better one. Validate your idea with prototyping and test your assumptions.
  • Your thoughts? Do you create low-fidelity wireframes? Or do you only provide high-fidelity mockups?
  • Personally, I can’t understand why there isn’t a national standard for ballot designers. Because it’s been shown repeatedly over the past 20 years, that ballot design mistakes keep happening, as in the most pervasive ballot design flaw you don’t notice.
  • It’s well worth bookmarking this helpful guide from the Nielsen Norman Group for the seven foundational exercises used in UX workshops. The article shares tips on how to adapt the exercises along with tips for running them.

Accessibility

  • The big news in the accessibility community this week is the cancellation by many sponsors and attendees of the 2020 CSUN (California State University, Northridge) Assistive Technology Conference (CSUN), scheduled for the week of March 13 to March 20, 2020. CSUN conference registration has re-opened and will remain open through midnight March 7, 2020 (Pacific Time).
  • Due to concerns about COVID-19 and employee health, Deque Systems backed out of the 2020 CSUN conference. They’ve chosen to shift their CSUN presentations to a virtual lineup that anyone can attend. (I registered for several online sessions.)
  • Deque Systems is not alone in taking their CSUN presentations online. Equidox will be offering their PDF remediation demonstration online via Zoom on March 12, 2020.
  • Thinking of using an accessibility overlay for your site? Please stop. My friend Amy Carney explains why accessibility overlays aren’t a magical solution.

WordPress

CSS and HTML

  • In his rolling code standards post, Brad Frost discusses the importance and challenge of establishing and documenting coding standards. Frost offers helpful advice for addressing changes immediately as opposed to waiting til project end.
  • Useful Chrome extension for your form testing.

  • Thanks to Craig Buckler for his handy 10 ways to hide elements in CSS post. Glad that Buckler focuses on how each method affects accessibility, layout, animation, performance, and event handling.
  • Can’t get enough of The Simpsons TV show? Here are The Simpson TV show characters recreated in pure CSS.

What I Found Interesting

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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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