In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll find a review of the British Geological Survey website from a user experience view, discover performance results of over five million desktop and mobile pages, learn about challenges to digital accessibility, 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
If you ever read something and love it and wonder, "should I email the person who wrote it and tell them?" the answer is always yes
— Dan Kois (@dankois) October 10, 2019
- Conducting iterative pilot studies of your survey will make it more specific and usable, says Feifei Liu of Norman Nielsen Group. (We learned that the hard way for our college survey.)
- It can be challenging to get comfortable with ambiguity. Jonathan Walter offers suggestions for overcoming your hesitancy to say, “I don’t know.”
- Identifying UX success metrics is challenging. While transactional outcomes are easy to measure, non-transactional outcomes are not.
Our metrics need to grow as our understanding of our users grows.
- In his continuing first impression series for Balsamiq, Paul Boag shares his review of the British Geological Survey website, offering suggestions for design and improving the content organization. Good recommendations: replace dated block design, use a template.
- The accessibility community was abuzz this week with news that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear Domino’s Americans with Disabilities Act case.
…by declining to hear Domino’s appeal, the Supreme Court upholds the civil rights of people who are blind and visually impaired in online commercial settings.
- Read the reactions and summary of the court’s refusal in UsableNet’s what’s next after the Supreme Court’s denial of Domino’s case.
- Accessibility isn’t optional, says Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie in this 15-minute video.
- David Sloan explains the challenges to digital accessibility now and in the future, highlighting one issue I frequently talk about: education and awareness.
- Can you help? WordPress 5.3 beta 3 is available for download and testing. The version is planned for released on November 12, 2019.
- BackLinkto analyzed over five million desktop and mobile pages to learn what factors impacted performance. WordPress did not rank well for mobile page speed performance.
- If you’ve discovered your tag disappears when you add a tag with a single apostrophe to your WordPress post, here’s how to fix it.
- One enhancement that hasn’t received a lot of attention, the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release will automatically detect large images and generate a “web-optimized maximum size,” which will benefit users who
CSS and HTML
- Some fascinating results from an analysis of HTML usage across eight million indexed pages, including finding
h8headings on pages (surprised me!) as well as discovering 90 percent of images are missing alternative text.
- Do you know why CSS text gets announced by screen readers? And why some punctuation marks aren’t?
- We’ve all been there, right?
Him: “Is the code broken?”
Me: “Well, no. It’s doing exactly what I told it to do. Just not what I need it to.”
— Mina Markham 🧁 (@MinaMarkham) October 10, 2019
- Check out the seven new CSS DevTools available in Firefox. My favorite? The Accessibility Panel.
What I Found Interesting
- Congrats to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino, the three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work developing the technology for the lithium ion battery.
- I always look forward to the announcement of the annual Knight Arts Challenge Detroit winners to discover which of my Detroit friends won. This year was no different, as I was learned my friend Paula Guthat of Cinema Detroit was one of the 36 winners!
- Do you have trouble sleeping? You might find help in this article by Charlotte Jee on how they tested multiple sleep technology products.
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