In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create online experiences that work well for older people, find a recap of the annual WordPress State of the Word, discover new underline CSS properties, 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.
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Tweet of the Week
The most important adult skills aren’t things like changing tires or filing taxes. It’s things like:
– admitting you were wrong
– apologizing effectively
– asking for help when you need it
– admitting that you don’t know something
And there are no how-to guides.
— Dr. Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) November 8, 2019
- As designers, we may unwittingly add dark patterns to our products or services in order to meet business requirements, without understanding the effect on user experience. Steven Hoober describes several mobile dark patterns and what you can do to avoid them.
- In design, it’s crucial to research the larger context.
"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan" – Eliel Saarinen
Which means you need to research the next larger context and not just 'your' thing.
— Leisa Reichelt (@leisa) November 7, 2019
- Have you registered? The 17th annual World Usability Day at Michigan State University: Design for the Future We Want is one of dozens of events happening Thursday, November 14, 2019.
- Never assume that because someone is older, they don’t understand how to use technology. Barry Rueger explains how designers and developers can creating online environments that work well for older users.
- The Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specifications can be overwhelming for first-time developers. David MacDonald makes it easier for developers to understand ARIA attributes in demystifying 18 WAI-ARIA attributes that every web developer should know.
- As Amanda Rush explains in her latest post, despite a $31,000 recent WordPress accessibility audit and lack of foundational accessibility practices, Matt Mullenweg refuses to step in and require developers take steps to improve accessibility.
- Yes, accessibility work costs money.
— Neil Milliken (@NeilMilliken) November 8, 2019
- Did you miss Carie Fisher’s talk at WordCamp US 2019? I’ve got you covered with my recap of her presentation User Personas as an Inclusive Design and Development Tool.
- Can you help? The fourth release candidate for the WordPress 5.3 release is available for download and testing. WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled for release on November 12, 2019.
- Join our Metro Detroit WordPress group on November 11, 2019 for our Quarterly Q & A workshop. Get your WordPress questions answered from WordPress professionals at our casual gathering.
- Thanks to WPMU DEV, the Broken Link Checker plugin has found a new home. I was a fan of the plugin years ago, but it consumed lots of server resources, so I stopped using it. Good to know it’s now in good hands.
- If you weren’t able to watch this year’s State of the Word with Matt Mullenweg, Justin Tadlock provides an excellent recap of the annual update on WordPress. Personally, I found the focus on blocks in his talk to be all consuming. Your thoughts?
CSS and HTML
- Stunning. Can you believe this gorgeous portrait of a woman with intricate lace-collared dress was created only with CSS?
- With the latest CSS updates, styling underlines has changed for the better. You now have more options on how underlines look, with new properties for line thickness, color, offset, and more. Check out this five-minute video from Jen Simmons.
- Want to see examples of how the new CSS properties can style underlines? Jen Simmons created five CodePens to demonstrate the new CSS underline properties.
- It depends, says Matej Latin as he explores whether preloading fonts makes sense. Will it remove the transition between the fallback font and custom font displaying on your site?
What I Found Interesting
- Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Firefox launched. I remember when it launched and how excited everyone in the web community was to have an alternative browser to Internet Explorer.
- Rolling out this week, Twitter’s new Topics feature offers users the ability to follow 300 “topics” across sports, entertainment, gaming, and other topics.
- The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS looked like a winner to me in this roundup of compact cameras from Creative Bloq. But since the Canon has no viewfinder, I think the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is a better choice for birding.
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