With two major events this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and SOPA Blackout, there was an abundance of great resources and posts. Here are some of my favorites:
- Create Amazing CSS Buttons on the Fly With CSSButton: Create CSS buttons for active, hover and link states easily with this online generator. Customize with colors, gradients, box shadows, and fonts.
- CSS3: The Multi Column Layout and How it Will Change Web Design: Creating multiple column websites with CSS has been problematic in the past. CSS3 Multi Column Module provides an exciting new option for designing multiple columns, though Opera is the only browser to support it (as of January 2012).
- Gridpak: Quickly generate responsive grid layouts with this online application.
- W3Clove: Great timesaver. Validate HTML markup on your entire website with one click.
- Marking Up a Postal Address with HTML: From definition lists to microdata to hcards to the address element, there are many options for formatting postal addresses. Good discussion in the comments for other options.
- WCAG 2.0 and Section 508/255 Refresh Side-by-Side [Draft]: Thanks to Giovanni Duarte for this initial draft comparing the Section 508 refresh draft and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0.
- Accessible HTML5 Forms – Required Inputs: John Foliot investigates the new input attributes and browser support and offers best practices for required form inputs.
- WCAG 2 Quick Reference: I found this reference to be an easier way to review the criteria for each level.
- WorryProof WordPress – Backup Strategies for your Web Site: Why should you have a backup? Should you pay for a backup solution? What do you need to consider in a backup solution? Nathan Ingram’s presentation from WordCamp Birmingham will help you explore your options.
- WordPress Backup Options Comparison [PDF]: Not sure which WordPress backup solution meets all your requirements? Check out Nathan Ingram’s chart of backup options.
- Show Your Latest Pins with Pinterest RSS Widget for WordPress: Easily display your most recent pins in a widget on your WordPress site. Options include setting the height and width of the thumbnails, title display and number of pins to display.
- Automatically Post Instagram Photos to WordPress: If you’re an Instagram user who wants to setup automatic posting of your photos to your blog, this is the plugin for you.
- Faceted Overload: Simplifying the Sidebar Navigation: Save user’s time and effort with faceted minimization to display navigation above the fold.
- Designing for the Next Step: An excerpt from Joshua Porter’s forthcoming book Make Them Care! highlights a case study of a New York Times email message. Joshua explains important items missing from the email, provides design solutions for resolving the missing items and explains how to design for the next step.
- Deconstruction of Smashing Magazine’s Responsive Redesign: Excellent review of the new Smashing Magazine redesign, with explanations of what worked and suggestions for improvement.
- Designing Search (part 1): Entering the Query: In his first post of a mini-series, Tony Russell–Rose explores search box design, focusing on scoped search, search within, advanced search and non-text queries. I appreciate his list of best practices at the end of the post.
What I Found Interesting
- PIPA and SOPA Co-Sponsors Abandon Bills: Would love to know how many phone calls, email messages,and faxes the bill co-sponsors received on SOPA Blackout day.
- Fight Back Against SOPA/PIPA: The Day the LOLCats Died: My post about SOPA/PIPA with a great video protesting SOPA/PIPA (based on Don McLean’s American Pie).
- Apple, America, and a Squeezed Middle Class: Long article from the New York Times, but worth it. Apple may be one of the best-known and admired companies, but jobs at Apple held by middle-class workers have faded away. According to the article, a current Apple executive said:
We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers. The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.