The first week of March and our ground is still covered with snow in Michigan. I am so looking forward to spring!
In this week‘s roundup, you’ll find links to the video presentations from the World Wide Web Consortium‘s (W3C) W3Conf annual conference, a case study of Gucci‘s new mobile site, a call out to accessibility professionals, the announcement of IE10 for Windows 7, and many more resources. Hope you find the resources useful for your work.
I‘m starting something new this week, a shout out to a favorite tweet of the week. This week‘s tweet:
I'm guessing you could spot a #UX professional from an early age… We're the ones that never grow out of the phase of asking why.
— Noelle Webster-Milam (@nnwebs) February 28, 2013
CSS and HTML
- Getting Started with Sass: If you’ve been waiting for a good how-to on the Sass preprocessor, this Sitepoint tutorial is for you.
- W3Conf 2013 Live: Thank you SitePoint for providing the recorded videos from the 2013 W3Conf, the World Wide Consortium (W3C) annual conference for web professionals.
- Logical Breakpoints For Your Responsive Design: In this Smashing Magazine post, Vasilis van Gemert recommends tactics from readability and typographic theories to help guide you in laying out content for your responsive website.
- Gucci’s new mobile site is a case of style over user experience: The site seems to have taken the approach of stuffing as much content from the desktop into the mobile site. Calls-to-action are presented as small text links, product imagery is improperly sized for mobile, and basic stock information is missing.
- The Google Glass feature no one is talking about: While most people are marveling at the features of Google Glass, Mark Hurst suggests we’re not asking the right question: What is the experience of the people who around someone wearing Google Glass?
The Google Glass feature that (almost) no one is talking about is the experience – not of the user, but of everyone other than the user.
- The Case for a Web Editor-in-Chief: Stay the course, says Rick Allen of Meet Content; it’s important to identify a person (or a team of people) who can support content goals, break down the silos we create in our organizations, and create realistic plans.
- Karl Groves: Choosing An Automated Accessibility Testing Tool: Live blog of Karl Groves’ presentation at last week’s 2013 CSUN International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference.
- Captioning: Best practices guidelines for captioning videos, from the University of Michigan, with information on captioning services, YouTube autocaptioning, and captioning your own videos.
- Top Validation Errors: Check out this list of the most common errors found on pages run through the Site Validator tool. Does it surprise you to see the number one error?
- Dylan Barrell Talks Amaze: Dylan Barrell, Deque‘s vice president of development, explains Amaze, a plugin for third-party applications that improves their accessibility, without changing the source code.
- We have to stop FUD accessibility: We (the accessibility community) need to do more to welcome people who want to learn about accessibility. Rather than confronting people with fear, uncertainty, and doubt, reach out and don’t alienate people.
- Featured Plugin: Swiftype for Search:
This new, free plugin offloads all WordPress search operations off-server to Swiftype, which produces faster results, since Swiftype can run queries faster. It also allows you to review search usage analytics from the Swiftype dashboard.
- Get Started with Orchestra—WordPress Plugin: Michael Sauter, who works for SitePoint, created the Orchestra plugin to allow developers to write other WordPress plugins. Check out the nine-minute video (and transcript, thank you!) for how to create a new plugin using Orchestra.
- WordPress Power Tools—Plugins to Build a Killer Portfolio: In this WPMU tutorial, Harley Alexanders shows you how to use three free WordPress plugins to create a killer portfolio.
- Carleton University: WordPress does Blogging Too?: With over 260 sites on WordPress, many users at Carleton University think of WordPress first as a content management system, and not as the blogging platform many see it as.
What I Found Interesting
- Our Work Here is Done: The Web Standards Project (WaSP) closes its doors, after 15 years of helping to improve browser support, educate web professionals, work with software makers, and work with browser vendors.
While there is still work to be done, the sting of the WaSP is no longer necessary. And so it is time for us to close down The Web Standards Project.
- Google Shows ‘How Search Works’ With New Site: Google launches a new site to show you how a search works, with a look behind the scenes, from start to finish.
- IE10 Final Arrives on Windows 7: Yay! It’s finally here, four months after IE10 arrived on Windows 8. If you’re on IE9, you’ll be upgraded automatically to IE10. And once you start using IE10, you’ll notice some great new features:
- 20% faster
- Better support for web standards
- More privacy controls; Do Not Track on by default