After attending two conferences at the end of May/beginning of June, it was good to get back to my regular schedule. This week’s roundup includes resources for responsive design, tips for WordPress developers about the upcoming 3.4 release, results of a survey from Chris Coyier about CSS preprocessors and more.
- Setting Breakpoints in Your Responsive Design: How do you set your breakpoints? Based on device resolution or some other method?
- What Is Your Preferred CSS Preprocessor?: Chris Coyier surveyed followers of his CSS Tricks blog on whether they had used a CSS preprocessor (54%), what CSS preprocessor they use (LESS won hands-down), and more.
- Principles of Writing Consistent, Idiomatic CSS: Well-known author of many articles about CSS (and Twitter engineer) Nicolas Gallagher provides a style guide for writing and maintaining CSS. While I don’t agree with all of his suggestions, I found some great tips in his guide.
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 revisited review: MacWorld takes a look at how to create responsive layouts using Dreamweaver CS6.
- 40 Useful HTML5 Tutorials, Techniques and Examples: Thanks to OneExtraPixel for compiling a great list of HTML5 resources for portfolios, forms, grid systems, and more.
- Closed-Captioned Video Examples: My friend Meryl Evans provides examples of the various videos posted online with explanation of their impact on people who are hard of hearing or are deaf.
- Your Business and Online Accessibility – #captionTHIS: If you’re a business or organization posting videos online, and aren’t including captions, you’re at risk for missing a proportion of your customers.
- Third Annual Accessibility Summit: Save the date! September 25, 2012 is the third annual Accessibility Summit online conference. Organized by Environments for Humans, the Accessibility Summit brings together leaders in the accessibility field for a day long event.
- Publishers Must Embrace EPUB 3’s Accessibility Features | BEA 2012: With the new EPUB 3 format standard, publishers need to redesign their workflow to incorporate accessibility features during the publication process.
- NVDA 2012.2 Released: The new version of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is now distributed as one package. New features include built-in installer, automatic updates, support for Windows 8 Metro style apps, and bug fixes.
- The Wide Lens of UX Design: Nathaniel Boehm points out the risk of a project being successful depends on many partners, for example, marketing, support, and engineering, which have varying amounts of confidence in their own work. What happens to the success of a project when you multiply the confidence levels of each partner? The result is surprising.
- So What Is UX Worth?:
you don’t hire a UX design firm to make things look pretty; you hire UX experts to improve your bottom line.
- Mobile UI Patterns: This collection of mobile user experience patterns, including maps, navigation, lists, and more, is a great resource you want to bookmark.
- User Stories Are Better Than PRDs (Product Requirement Documents): Rather than handing off a long product requirement document, Teresa Torres recommends writing short user stories with clearly defined actors, defined actions, and user benefits.
- Web 3.0: The Real-Time Web: Web 3.0 is coming. And for many interactions on websites, it’s already here.
- Design Patterns: When Breaking The Rules Is OK: While we have become accustomed to using well-known design patterns, Rian van der Merwe argues our design patterns need to shift to accomodate changes in technology. Check comments for a good discussion.
- The New York Times Develops a WordPress Collaboration Plugin for Editors: If you know about accepting/rejecting changes in Microsoft Word using Track Changes, this plugin will be very familiar to you. Great plugin to proofread and edit others’ posts while collaborating on the same post.
- WordPress 3.4 Field Guide for Developers: If you’re a WordPress developer, check out this guide for details on the API changes, custom headers to backgrounds, live previews, localization/internationalization, and more.
- Front-End Author Listing And User Search For WordPress: Ever wanted to list all the authors on your WordPress site? This Smashing Magazine post will walk you through the steps.
- Create a Professional Restaurant Website in Minutes Using WP Plugins and PHP Scripts: I missed this post last week while I was at conferences. Excellent collection of plugins and scripts to create menus, set up a reservation system, invoicing, and more.
- Spring Cleaning: Tips for Tidying Up Your WordPress Websites: A month’s worth of posts on how to clean up your WordPress site, including tips on security, organization, content publishing, and maintenance.
What I Found Interesting
- 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have: While the title says this post is for teachers, this is a great collection of resources for anyone using the web. Love the reference to eight free tools for creating infographics.
- Williams College Commencement Speech by Atul Gawande: An inspiring story about an 87 year-old woman who lost sight in her left eye and reminder that:
… you will take risks, and you will have failures. But it’s what happens afterward that is defining.
- 52 Cool Facts and Stats About Social Media (2012 edition): Did you know 30% of Twitter users have incomes over $100K? Or that “student” is the number 1 occupation of Google+ users? Me neither.
- 12 Breeds of Clients and How to Work with Them: Excellent description of the different types of clients you’ll meet in your work. How many have you discovered?