How was your first week of autumn? Colors are just beginning to change on the trees in my neighborhood and fog is becoming more common in the morning.
In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about the new features in Bootstrap 3, how Flexbox can be used to solve tricky CSS issues, a proposal for managing responsive images, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects.
Schedule time with yourself to set strategy on every project. Think about strategic goals and priorities (need, want, wish). #mstonernow
— Anne Petersen (@apetersen) September 26, 2013
CSS and HTML
- A Look Into: CSS Border Corner Shape: The CSS3 Border Corner Shape feature, an experimental feature not yet implemented in browsers, offers the ability to create beveled corners, scoop-style corners, and rectangle-notch corners.
CSS rule of thumb: whenever you use :hover, also use :focus.
— Roger Johansson (@rogerjohansson) September 24, 2013
- Solved by Flexbox: All those sticky CSS problems (vertical centering, the Holy Grail layout, sticky footer) we’ve been trying to fix over the years can be easily managed with Flexbox. Check out this showcase of demos from Philip Walton.
- A Preview of The New Dialog Element: Only supported in Chrome Canary, the new
dialogelement looks interesting, allowing you to create popup dialogs and modals for web apps.
- Responsive Web Design for Corporate UX Design: In this panel discussion, user experience experts discuss how responsive web design has forced everyone in corporate to review their creative, development, and quality assurance approaches.
"Have they solved the responsive image problem yet?"
"Pfft. Move on." #edgeconf
— Jake Archibald (@jaffathecake) September 23, 2013
- Responsive Image Container: A Way Forward For Responsive Images?: Yoav Weiss demonstrates a prototype for managing responsive images which relies on HTTP ranges, but requires additional pieces before it can become a working solution.
- Design for Experience: Promoting Empathy for Users: Steve Tengler is still searching for an elevator that is designed with the best interests of users as a priority. So wonderful to find out Steve Tengler is a judge for the Design for Experience awards. I’ve known Steve for a couple years; he was our Refresh Detroit speaker last January talking about user experience.
- Jumping On A User Research Carousel Ride: Interesting article from TecEd describing a recent study indicating the benefits of carousels. I’d like to see the numbers behind their research study, similar to what Erik Runyon provides in his carousel research posts.
Things you never see in #UX job descriptions, but should: "A black belt in listening skills w/ ability to read between lines."
— Tristan Denyer (@tristandenyer) September 23, 2013
- Sketchnotes from Mobile UX Summit 2013: Thank you Ben Norris for posting your sketchnotes from this month’s Mobile UX Summit conference.
- Stevie Wonder Speaks Up For Children With Disabilities: At the meeting on disabilities at the United Nations General Assembly, Stevie Wonder asked that technology be made available to everyone with disabilities.
No one should be excluded because they’re blind, or because of any disability or because of their status or their colour.
- iOS Accessibility: Thanks to Luis Perez for his eight YouTube video tutorials highlighting the changes and updates to the accessibility features in iOS 7, including an overview, VoiceOver, visual supports, captions and subtitles, switch control, and new gestures.
- Making Web Sites Accessible Without Sacrificing Aesthetics: Having an accessible website doesn’t mean it can’t be visually appealing, as Simon Norris points out in this article. Norris dispels myths about web accessibility and points out the advantages of creating a website that provides universal access to all users.
- WP Test: Want to test your WordPress themes and plugins? Check out this import file; if you notice something’s missing in the tests, let the developer know.
— Curtiss Grymala (he/him/his) (@cgrymala) September 21, 2013
- How WordPress is Solving the “Women in Tech” Issue: Joyce Grace discusses how women are overcoming the male-dominated tech world through their work with WordPress.
Women can be the human key to bridging the gap between techy and non-techy, just like WordPress is a platform that is doing the same thing.
- Coming Soon: A Redesigned WordPress Admin Screen Planned for 3.8: Sarah Gooding of WP Tavern shares a mockup of the new WordPress admin screen. She interviews Joen Asmussen, the designer of the Twenty Thirteen theme, who shared the research involved with creating the mockups.
What I Found Interesting
- Google Research’s Open Project lets you beam apps to an external display using only your smartphone’s camera: Use your smartphone camera as a projector, and display what’s on your smartphone to another display, such as a TV, monitor, or laptop.
- How to Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics: Did you know you could add the Google Analytics tracking code to your email messages and track if your message has been opened or read? Me neither.