In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn where to place buttons on forms, discover how to get buy-in for accessibility at your organization, discover a cool washing machine created 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
Software data structures are like plumbing. Nobody wants to think much about them because they’re not the exciting part of the house. But if they’re not designed well, the resulting mess makes the place unlivable.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) September 16, 2019
- Placing buttons on forms is a lot easier with this explanation by Adam Silver, based on research and best practice.
- From swiping to animated input fields, powerful micro-interactions boost your user experience, offering subtle cues to your users.
- This month’s UX win goes out to LinkedIn for their account password change process.
- Tasked with creating a new visual identify for the Braille Institute, Applied Design Works created an identity that could be well understood for an audience with visual impairments. Resulting in a new typeface which won the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards for Graphic Design.
- With the release of iOS version 13, came a great feature: the VoiceOver Caption Panel.
My favorite new #a11y feature in #iOS13 is the VoiceOver Caption Panel!!! Now you can visually see the screen reader speech output which is great for screenshots of problems and also makes VoiceOver testing accessible for deaf folks. pic.twitter.com/oCy5uZ5Tya
— Paul J. Adam (@pauljadam) September 20, 2019
- Nice shoutout by Amanda Rush to the developers on the WordPress project, for the accessibility improvements on the main widgets screen. Without those changes, Rush said she would not be able to finish her work project.
- In their recent 3Play Media webinar, Josh Miller and Beth Crutchfield share methods and strategies for getting buy-in for accessibility at your organization. One of the first steps: get your organization educated about accessibility.
- Look who joined WP Tavern as their newest staff writer! A name known for years to people in the WordPress community.
I’m stoked for the opportunity to get to know more of you. I want to help you share your stories.
- Which blogs on this list of 20+ blogs about WordPress do you read? I have eight on my reading list, will be adding a few more now.
- Save the date! Rehearsal of the free online diversity workshop takes place on October 6, 2019.
- Selecting a WordPress security plugin is challenging. I’ve used several, only to get inundated with meaningless warnings. Which I can’t disable. In this week’s Code in WP post, Colin Newcomer compares three of the most popular security plugins, Wordfence, Sucuri, and Malcare.
CSS and HTML
- We have moved beyond browser vendors, says Brian Kardell, as he discusses the changes in standardization over the past few years. He points out the work on CSS Grid and imagines what the future will bring as we
collectively prioritize and cooperate.
- Long read, worthwhile. As Andy Bell explains, we’ve never had it better with CSS. Did you know
display: blockhas 100 percent support in browsers, while
display: gridhave 98 percent and 93 percent respectively?
What I Found Interesting
- Why do some people become lifelong readers and others don’t? Researchers point to a number of reasons, including how parents present the activity to their children.
- When it comes to news, it’s not a filter bubble that’s the problem. It’s a decision bubble, argues Thomas Baekdal.
You can’t fix this by trying to show people more information from more sources.
- When your discussions on Twitter get too nasty, Twitter has a new feature that allows you to hide replies. Rolling out in Japan and the United States, the feature allows you to hide the reply from other users. (I haven’t seen it on desktop or mobile yet, have you?)
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