In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about upcoming user experience and information architecture workshops, find out why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, discover what’s new with podcasts and Google search, 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
Don’t leave out accessibility from your code examples for simplicity. People need to see that accessibility is a part of coding. That includes code examples.
— Zoë Bijl (@ZoeBijl) May 8, 2019
- Fat fingers aren’t the issue when you’re trying to access an interactive element on your smartphone. The issue is small touch targets on touchscreens.
Designers who prioritize aesthetics over functionally too often forget to create targets that can be easily and accurately selected.
- In part 2 of his series on project estimation, Leo Frishberg walks you through the steps of creating a scoping and estimating tool and shares some theory on crafting a service business.
- Don Norman wrote the book on user-friendly design, but what he sees now horrifies him.
Companies insist on printing critical instructions in tiny fonts with very low contrast.
- The Understanding Group (TUG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is hosting half-day and full-day user experience and information architecture (IA) workshops the week of May 21-23, 2019. Great opportunity to expand your skillset, the workshops include: Understanding IA, Designing User Research, Aligning Stakeholders, and Modeling for Clarity.
- Getting started with web accessibility can be overwhelming, where do you start? This list of 8 tools that make accessible design easier can make your job a lot easier.
- Learn how Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to improve accessibility with their AI for Accessibility initiative.
- In why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, Adam Silver explains why starting with semantic HTML is the best choice and why the first rule of ARIA is not to use it.
- Reframe the conversation and how you approach inclusive design by swapping out one word.
by swapping out one word and saying: "This is a priority" you can reframe the conversation & the way they approach the issues
— Carie Fisher (@cariefisher) May 7, 2019
- In Scott O’Hara’s some accessibility resources, you’ll find useful accessibility resources, online tutorials, style guides, online meetups, courses (paid and free), as well as links to my weekly news roundup (thank you, Scott!)
- Fascinating podcast (50-minutes) with my accessibility friends Mike Gifford and Graham Armfield discussing whether Drupal or WordPress is the most accessible content management system (CMS).
- WordPress 5.2 is released, featuring Site Health Check improvements, minimum PHP 5.6.20 version, fatal error protection, and many more enhancements.
- Why do you want to have WordPress activity log on your website? When you’re troubleshooting, it will help you identify the cause of a site error, find a security breach, and know who’s doing what on your website.
- Returning for the sixth time, the free online WordSesh conference will be held May 22, 2019. The fourteen sessions, including 10 live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions, cover a range of WordPress topics from development, client relationships, search engine optimization, and more. I’m attending, join me?
- You’ve probably seen the phrase “headless ecommerce” in recent WordPress posts. But do you know what it really means? In his headless e-commerce: everything you need to know post, John Hughes explains what it is, benefits and disadvantages, and how you can set it up and manage it.
CSS and HTML
- Wondering how news sites like the BBC create joined bulletpoint lists with CSS for their stories? They’re using unordered lists and
- I didn’t know this about Firefox Dev Tools, did you?
Did you know you can make the Firefox Developer Tools split into 3-panes? One for HTML, one for CSS, and one for the CSS Grid Inspectore / Font Editor / Changes pane / Animations tool / etc.https://t.co/WHIBfgLtDD pic.twitter.com/KeSj0ZFRI3
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) May 9, 2019
- Whoa, impressive browser-based 2D & 3D CSS transform functions visualizer project by Jorge Moreno.
What I Found Interesting
- Google is now rolling out podcast results in search results. You can now search for and play podcasts directly in Google Search on Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.
- Have you received one-ring phone calls in the past few weeks? I have. And it’s frustrating! According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, they’re one-ring robocalls that may lead you to be billed toll charges similar to calling a 900 number.
- If you weren’t able to watch the livestream, here’s all the cool stuff announced at Google I/O 2019.
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