May 14, 2021: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about four types of survey content, find out why it’s important to design content that creates inclusive, accessible services, discover what CSS container queries are and how to use them in your work, 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

Accessibility

  • It’s important to design content that creates inclusive, accessible services. Use plain language, remove anything that could be misunderstood or misinterpreted, and format content to be easily scanned and read.
  • The 18th Annual John Slatin Virtual Access U conference kicked off this week with their hands-on workshops. I attended the Accessibility Auditing workshop, fantastic! There’s still time for you to register for the three-day general conference on May 18, 19, 20, 2021.
    John Slatin Virtual AccessU 2021 conference home page.
  • Ever wonder how a screen reader user conducts accessibility testing on a website or mobile application? As a 20+ year accessibility auditor and tester, Isabel Holdsworth is a veteran and explains their steps and processes using JAWS and Firefox.
  • Creating a portfolio to show your accessibility-focused design projects?

WordPress

  • The WordPress 5.7.2 security release, was released this week with a fix for one security issue. If your site supports automatic background updates, it will have been already updated or will be updated soon.
  • A reminder from Jetpack to focus on your business, not the spam comments. Learn how to recognize spam quickly and give it the boot.
  • In the Commons of Images podcast episode, Josepha Haden Chomphosy and Matt Mullenweg discuss the recent purchase of CC (Creative Commons) Search by WordPress and what it means.

    I think longer-term, I’d love to have a way for people who are adding media to the WordPress site to set it to be available under a Creative Commons license.

  • Helpful! Thank you WP Beginner for creating your guide of WordPress layout terms. When you first start using WordPress, the words and phrases used to describe concepts and layouts can be confusing.

CSS and HTML

  • Over the past decade, developers and designers used media queries to create responsive layouts. With the launch of CSS container queries in Chrome Canary, we now have another responsive layout option: CSS container queries. Learn what CSS container queries are, how they work, and how they can resolve some of the media query issues in Stephanie Eckles’ primer on CSS container queries
  • For another look at container queries, check out Uma Kravets next gen CSS: @container article in CSS Tricks. Note: container queries are experimental as of May 2021.

    Container queries will be the single biggest change in web styling since CSS3, altering our perspective of what “responsive design” means.

  • Unexpected layout shifts on a web page are frustrating to users, but you can take steps to avoid visual shifts by measuring and improving Cumulative Layout Shift. One key step: always include width and height attributes for imagery.

What I Found Interesting

  • For teachers, educators, and organizations that use Common Craft videos, if you’re a Common Craft Pro member, you can now share Common Craft videos with one click.
  • I was glad to read about Smashing Magazine’s experience with Hopin, the online conference platform I learned about last year. Hopin’s various features have a lot to offer conference organizers, I’ve been impressed with their product and their responses to my questions.
  • I thought this advice was helpful, your thoughts?
  • How one company in California is preparing for employees to come back to work after working from home. More than 10 years ago, my husband worked at a company that used the concept of hot desks. While management loved the idea, it didn’t go over well with employees.

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About the Author

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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