In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to choose an unmoderated usability testing tool, find a free online course to better understand what it means to be deaf, discover how to troubleshoot pesky layout shifts, 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
Real change always takes time. In life and in design. Sometimes, years of polishing could be compressed into a few months of getting more depth and breadth up front. Ultimately, time will be spent. But you can decide how effectively you spend it. pic.twitter.com/3myt3RGZYE
— Indi Young (@indiyoung) September 26, 2019
- With dozens of companies offering unmoderated usability testing tools with similar features, it can be a challenge to make a choice. Base your decision on which tools provide the type of data you need, says Kathryn Whitenton.
- In his interview with Dustin Palmer of Code for America, Steve Moilanen asks Palmer about their effort to map the user experience of applying to social safety net programs across all 50 states. Wonderful to see Michigan highlighted as a case study.
- Iteration is crucial.
— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) September 26, 2019
- In his UX Strategy review, D. Ben Woods highlights how the author Jaime Levy defines UX strategy, activities Levy finds complementary to UX deliverables, and ultimately recommends the book.
The methods and concepts that Levy presents in this book promote greater collaboration and better outcomes for all.
- What do you know about people who are deaf or hard of hearing? Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was an online course you could take to better understand what it means to be deaf? Even better, if the online course was free?
- When Ghost Recon Breakpoint is released on October 4, 2019, it will come with a slew of accessibility features.
We want Ghost Recon Breakpoint to be a game that everyone can enjoy.
- Like programming and responsive design, you can learn how to build accessible sites, products, and services.
“But accessibility is hard!” Yes, and so was programming. But you put time and effort into it and you learned that too.
You can do it ♿️🌟!
— Zoë Bijl (@ZoeBijl) September 25, 2019
- New accessibility regulations came into effect this week in the United Kingdom: any public sector website created after September 23, 2018 must meet accessibility guidelines.
- The new admin email verification screen in the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release will be shown every six months after an admin has logged in. Personally, I’m looking forward to this. I’ve had several new clients who forgot or lost access to their admin email address.
- Congrats to WP101 on their 11th anniversary! Gosh, it doesn’t seem that long ago that they launched.
We're celebrating 11 years of WP101® with a special anniversary sale! Today through Monday only, save $11 off any membership with coupon code: 11YEARShttps://t.co/vdwE6Dh2ID pic.twitter.com/ZZ0j437lTi
— WordPress 101 (@WP101) September 26, 2019
- If you’re on Chrome browser developer versions, you may have discovered the Gutenberg bug where metaboxes overlap the text creation area. Here’s how you can fix the broken Gutenberg editor until the Chrome fix is released sometime in October 2019.
- Wondering how to get started with WP Rocket? The nine short WP Rocket video tutorials cover the fundamentals. Great videos and they know how to do captions right.
CSS and HTML
- Need some CSS inspiration? Check out these cute eggs and chicks, all created only in HTML and CSS.
- The complexity of using new features deters many designers. Using variable fonts should be easier and more fun, says Tim Brown.
- It’s the foundation of the web.
HTML is great to make web pages https://t.co/0SxiH9pEod
— Thomas Fuchs 🌵💾🕹 (@thomasfuchs) September 27, 2019
- Have you experienced layout shifts in your designs as the page loads? In this week’s edition of CSS Trick’s weekly platform news, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot those pesky layout shifts with webpagetest.org.
What I Found Interesting
- In this month’s edition of The Web Untangled, The Web Foundation highlights the huge differences in the quality of Internet connections people have around the world.
The median download speed for a user in Africa is more than seven times slower than that for a user in Western Europe—0.82 Mbps compared to 7.06 Mbps.
- What do you think of LinkedIn’s new Plus One Pledge effort? They’re recommending LinkedIn users connect with people outside of their network, people they don’t know. I’m not a fan, I only connect on LinkedIn with people I know.
- What a great idea! The Ann Arbor Public Library is hosting a Halloween Costume Drop-off and Costume Swap, starting October 1, 2019. Save money, clear out your closets.
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