In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn a novel approach for hiring UX designers, find out what’s new in WordPress 5.2.3, discover how to create an effective scroll-to-top link, 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
These crosswalk buttons have the layout of the intersection printed on the side. Blind users can feel these to help them build a mental map and navigate the intersection safely. #accessibility #a11y #ux #design pic.twitter.com/xL8tdJvoMd
— Doug Collins (@DougCollinsUX) September 5, 2019
- A novel approach to hiring UX designers: writing a thank you note on their one-year anniversary, before they are hired. I love this idea!
- Do you think push notifications are the best way to reach your users? Think again. The results of recent study of 1,000 mobile users in the United States revealed push notifications are the least preferred way customers want to to contacted by companies.
According to a new survey, the number one reason people delete an app is because they receive too many irrelevant notifications
- Books by Don Norman, Alan Cooper, or Steve Krug are considered “must-read books” in the user experience field. But there’s a slew of useful books for new user experience professionals. Thanks to Doug Collins for offering six book recommendations for someone starting out in user experience.
- Did you know 50 percent of student repurpose transcripts for study guides? If you missed their recent webinar, check out 3PlayMedia’s recap of Quick Start to Captioning to learn about the importance of captions, legal compliance, and more.
- While Twitter doesn’t offer alternative text for animated gifs (as of September 2019), you can still add alt text inline using Jenn Czeck’s method.
- I’m in the same club as Alastair.
I spell “accessibility” wrong. Every. Single. Day.
(And correct it, obviously.)
Just thought you should know.
— Alastair Campbell (@alastc) September 6, 2019
- In their post Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website lawsuits on the rise in California, UsableNet highlights how businesses in Carmel, California and throughout California are making their websites ADA compliant.
California businesses are required to have accessible websites under both federal law (the ADA) and state law (the Unruh Act).
- The WordPress 5.2.3 security and maintenance version has been released, with 29 fixes and enhancements as well as seven security fixes.
- WordPress 5.3 will change how it blocks indexing by using the robots meta tag. Currently, WordPress uses robots.txt which only blocks Google from crawling the page.
- If you’re using the Twenty Nineteen theme with customized CSS, you’ll want to review this change from a
divelement to ensure your styling continues to work correctly.
- Nice! A month after native lazy-loading of images was added to Chrome, Google has released an official Native Lazyload plugin for WordPress.
The plugin inserts the loading attribute into img elements and specifies a value of lazy.
- Keeping your WordPress site running smoothly is an ongoing process, as my friend Claire Brotherton explains in 50+ Regular WordPress Maintenance Tasks For A Healthy Site. It’s crucial the tasks are done regularly, either manage them yourself or hire someone to do them for you.
CSS and HTML
- Wonderful news! Chrome is implementing a change to avoid layout issues during image load. It will calculate aspect ratio using the width/height attributes before they are fully loaded. (The fix is already in Firefox.)
- Do you use Gajus Kuizinas’s favorite CSS hack in your projects? Check the comments for more discussion and how people extend it.
- Rachel Andrew takes a deep dive into how overflow works on the web, past practices, and new layout methods that produce less fragile designs. I know you’ll learn something new, I did!
- Offering an option for users to scroll to the top of a page improves their experience on your website. Chris Coyier explains best practices for implementing a helpful scroll to top-of-page link.
What I Found Interesting
- From HTML kits to CSS snippets to icons, you’ll find a wealth of free, useful tools for designers and developers at Freebies by People.
- Did you know you can now add line breaks in your Twitter bio? Small change, but it sure makes it easier to read Twitter profiles.
- This week I’ve been participating in Global Shorebird Count and found life bird 278! Woohoo! With shorebirds migrating through Michigan, it’s been a lot of fun.
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