In this week’s resources you’ll learn about creating print stylesheets for responsive layouts, tips for improving the user experience of mobile apps, a free accessibility conference event in Ann Arbor, and more. Have you found some great resources this past week? Share them in the comments.
CSS and HTML
- Responsive Web Design Webinar: Strategy, technology, and best practices are highlighted in this Thank you Net Magazine for posting the archive of your free webinar.
- Where Print Fits In Responsive Web Design: Jordan Moore shares his thoughts on print stylesheets in responsive design: keep it lightweight, reduce the noise and share the content.
- Dropping -ms- Vendor Prefixes for IE10: Thank you Microsoft for not requiring prefixes. Be aware many online code generators need to be updated (check the list in the article).
- Mozilla Hacks Weekly: This HTML5 Blog-Series is an Undervalued Resource for Developers: If you’ve been looking for a good HTML5 resource, check out this blog series from the Developer Engagment Team at Mozilla.
- Create Fluid Layouts with HTML5 and CSS3: An excerpt from Ben Frain’s recently published book Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 (I’m on chapter 4) walks you through creating fluid layouts. Markup and CSS are included in the article.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Leaner CSS: Love the first line in this article:
Don’t repeat yourself (DRY).
Using Sass as an example, Joshua Johnson walks you through cleaning up and streamlining your CSS styles, and shares a real-life example of his own.
- User Experience Euphemisms: Too funny. Have you ever used the phrase “low hanging fruit” or “poor visual hierarchy” when talking with a client? User experience professionals need to practice what we preach.
- 5 Simple Tips for Designing Better iPhone Apps: Though written for the iPhone, the advice Nathan Barry shares is applicable to all mobile apps.
- Common Mistakes When Designing for Mobile: Excellent advice for improving the usability of mobile apps, including increasing the size of your tap targets, doing usability testing, aligning content, and more.
- Five Killer Ways to Create Microcopy: Creating understandable informative text for buttons, headlines, ads and other website elements impacts the user experience and effectiveness of your site. Thanks Gene Crawford for tips and collection of sites using good microcopy.
- The State of E-Commerce Checkout in 2012: One of my pet peeves: e-commerce sites assuming I want to receive their newsletter. In this article, Smashing Magazine reports 81% of e-commerce companies enable the checkbox for consumers to receive promotional newsletters.
- WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance and Security Release: A maintenance and security release for WordPress, version 3.4.2 fixes some issues with older browsers in the administrative area, plugin issue in visual mode, pagination issues, and more. As with all WordPress maintenance releases, upgrade your sites now.
- With 60 Million Websites, WordPress Rules The Web. So Where’s The Money?: Fascinating story about the early days of WordPress.
- 7 Lessons Learned From 7 Years of Using WordPress: Oli Dale shares his easy-to-follow tips for maintaining your WordPress website.
- Twenty Twelve Theme: 5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Closer Look: With its responsive format, lovely typography, new post formats, why haven’t you checked out the new Twenty Twelve theme yet?
- The 36 Free Plugins That Every WordPress User Could Need: I don’t use all the plugins Tom Ewer highlights in this post, but I sure use the majority of them. Love the content management plugins Tom recommends.
- LiveBlog Plugin: Just released this week, the new plugin offers ability to update from the front-end of your site, drag-and drop photos and internationalization, but no editing of previous entries and no updates with titles. I see the devs are quickly responding to requests, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see more requested features added soon.
- The Ten Principles of Inclusive Content: Making your content accessible to people with disabilities makes it more usable for everyone. Check out these useful and easy to implement tips from Net Magazine.
- Accessibility Summit 2012: Join us September 25 for a full-day conference learning about web accessibility. For the third year, I’m coordinating a meeting room of the Environments for Humans online conference in Ann Arbor with my higher ed colleague Scott Williams. Did I mention it’s free?
- 13 Ways the W3C’s Accessibility Guidelines Also Help SEO: ALT text, descriptive titles for web pages and headings and meaningful link text are four accessibility guidelines mentioned in this article from VIUS that help improve SEO.
- Accessibility Developer Checklist: If you’re developing Android apps, bookmark this checklist from Android’s Developer site as your guide for creating accessible apps.
What I Found Interesting
- 4 Things You MUST Do When Selling or Giving Away Your Old Computer, Phone or Tablet: Excellent guidelines on what to do with your computer and phone devices before you sell or give them away. Scary stories in the comments about people not wiping their devices completely.
- MapBox: I was pretty excited when I first read about this online map site.
Create a map in the cloud. Publish in minutes
But I didn’t find it very intuitive and ten minutes later I still couldn’t figure out how to create a map. Clicking help replaced the map page I was using with the help page. Not helpful. I’ll be revisiting the site again later this week.