In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to run better user research interviews, find best social media accessibility practices, discover how to style footnotes with 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
WordPress runs at a level that sets a large-scale precedent for how the web is built. We publish the code that people copy and paste. We can do better.
— Rachel Cherry (@bamadesigner) May 22, 2019
- Whether you‘re working with a colleague or part of a team, as a user researcher, how can you get feedback? Mitra Martin explains strategies you can use to upskill your user research moderation and take it to the next level.
- In their study of online dating sites and apps, MeasuringU asked 380 participants about their experience over the past year. One of the results: Dating is hard; the UX is probably harder. And online dating isn’t very successful.
- Alita Joyce takes a look at how Jakob Nielsen’s .
Users should be able to successfully navigate your interface without needing to look up terminology.
- Shoutout to Luke Frake for sharing his lessons learned running user research interviews. Useful tips! My top takeaway: pass on as much info and knowledge as you can. It’s easy for user research findings to be forgotten.
- In accessible icon buttons, Sara Soueidan explains the various methods an icon button can be implemented accessibly.
- Oooh, my post on Twitter’s alternative text for images was included in Mindy Johnson’s
best practices for social media webinar this week for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.
- Ignoring web accessibility is no longer an option, says Kim Krause Berg. Invest in accessibility, make your website accessible, and learn how your company can prevent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility lawsuits.
Inclusive design should be a priority and considered the foundation of any website business plan.
- Avoid using placeholder text as a label for a form field. When the user starts entering information in the field, there is no visible label. The purpose is mystery meat, says Steve Faulkner.
- Nice! I’ve been a fan of ManageWP for a few years now. The announcement of their Link Monitor service this week, a broken link checker, has made me a happier fan.
- Who wouldn’t want fewer admin banners when you log into your WordPress site? Add me to the list of WordPress users tired of all the plugin admin notices that display at the top of admin pages.
- If you’ve been wanting to restrict content on your Elementor site, check out this guide on how to use the Paid Member Subscription plugin to set up restricted posts, forums, online stores, etc.
- Do you agree? Should WordPress be the first choice when building a website that won’t be maintained by a developer or agency?
- When Genesis version 2.10 was released earlier this month, it moved the theme settings to the Customizer. But didn’t explain to Genesis users how they could access theme settings and options that the Customizer doesn’t support. Two weeks later, Bill Erickson has kindly provided a guide on how to access the old Genesis Theme Settings page.
CSS and HTML
- Nice CSS styling for footnotes that also works with feedreaders. Thank you, Chris Coyier for pointing it out!
- In the “Did you know?” category:
💡Accessibility tip: when using blocks of text in different languages, make sure to include the ‘lang’ attribute. This way, Screen Readers will know how to pronounce that text 👇 pic.twitter.com/Q5lMiygMjK
— Claudia Romano (@romano_cla) May 21, 2019
- I have never been to An Event Apart conference, but reading Alexander Skoberg’s recap of the 2019 An Event Apart Boston event made me feel like I was there.
Rachel Andrew proceeded blowing everyone’s mind when she went into great depth about the possibilities CSS Grid Layout and its future that is CSS Subgrid.
- Looking to make a change to typography on your website? What do you think of Arby’s Sauce fonts for a new look? Free to download and use on your site.
What I Found Interesting
- I share this with all my colleagues and friends: start blogging! Personally, I think they’re tired of me encouraging them to get started.
You know that thing you’re good at, and it’s no big deal and probably everyone knows about it, anyway? Someone, somewhere, is trying really hard to do that and doesn’t know where to begin. You might think you have nothing new to say or write, but you have! Please blog it.
— Bruce Lawson (@brucel) May 23, 2019
- One of my favorite migrating birds to see in spring (I love their blue bills!), the Ruddy Duck appears to be moving northward during breeding season.
- Proud to say I’m a Nokia phone owner. Kudos to their management for making the decision to invest in equality and ensure no pay gaps exist for people doing the same work.
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