With the first full week of work in 2012 for many people, there were lots of great posts and articles. Here are some of my favorites:
- The Lowdown on :Before and :After in CSS: I loved Joshua Johnson’s clear explanations of the syntax and examples on how to use the :before and :after pseudo-elements in CSS.
- 40 CSS Reference Websites and Resources: A great collection of CSS cheat sheets, resources and compatibility tables.
- Responsive Data Table Roundup: Chris Coyier highlights different developers thoughts on how to manage responsive data tables, including my southeast Michigan colleague Brad Czerniak’s Rainbow Tables proposal.
- 20 Free WordPress Plugins That Every User Should Have: With over 17,000 plugins (as of Jan 2012) to choose from , how do you know which one to choose? ManageWP has put together a list of useful plugins to consider.
- Safer Email Link Plugin: Kudos to Andrew Norcross for creating this plugin. Safer Email Link hides the email address so only browsers can view it, and jumbles the email address in the source code.
- Head to Head: Yoast’s WordPress SEO vs All in One SEO Pack: Read this review of the pros and cons of two of the most popular SEO plugins.
- How to Structure an Accessibility Review: Joe Dolson points out the key items to include in an accessibility review.
- Keyboard equivalent of “looking”?: A screenreader user (who formerly had full vision) describes how he
lookson a page using a screen reader.
- Are You Confused by HTML5 and WAI-ARIA Yet? by Everett Zufelt and Confusion over HTML5 & WAI-ARIA by Karl Groves are two articles that will answer many questions about the use of WAI-ARIA in HTML5.
- Web Accessibility Myths: Part 2: Jonathan Hassell, the lead-author of British Standard BS8878, covers ten more important myths about accessibility. His tenth myth
Accessibility is Just About Blind Peoplepoints out that people who are blind comprise only 1.6% of the disabled population in the United Kingdom.
- 5 Things Every Mobile Design Should Have: Planning the mobile strategy for your websites? Keeps these five things in mind.
- Why Scrolling Is the New Click: While in the past users would rather click than scroll, users now find clicking a chore and would gladly scroll for information.
- Beware the Dark Side of UI and What A/B Tests Don’t Tell You: Interesting case study of a re-activation marketing email message from Sears and leading customers down the wrong path.
- Usability Design for Online Web Forms: Make your online forms simple, easy to use, secure, and ask the minimum number of questions.
What I Found Interesting
- The 17 Rs I Learned About Mobile Marketing: My notes from this week’s Mobile Marketing Workshop webinar hosted by HubSpot.
- Five Essential Google Analytics Tips for Designers: Focus on funnels, check for exceptions, and learn from the successful pages to improve your other pages.
- LinkedIn for Students and Recent Graduates: Thanks to my online colleague Sarah Bourne for sharing LinkedIn’s special section which includes internships and jobs for students and recent graduates.