In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn the difference between customization and personalization, find out what’s new in the WordPress 4.7.4 release, discover how to use the font-display property, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
A user experience is not just pixels & CSS. It's made of policies, pricing models, bugs, performance, training…& above all, org values.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) April 20, 2017
- Knowing your user is key in understanding how to balance customization and personalization features in your digital designs.
- At last weekend’s UXDC conference, Hilary Marsh shared her insights and tips in her presentation, Content Audits: Looking Back to Look Forward. Check out her slides.
- They can often be frustrating for users. Here are a few ways to make your 404 pages more user-friendly.
- On consistency vs. expectations:
Users don’t want our designs to be consistent.
Users want our designs to meet their expectations.
Only sometimes are those the same.
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) April 17, 2017
- What are the most popular research methods used by user experience professionals? Find out what over 1200 respondents said in the recently completed 2016 UXPA salary survey. I was disappointed to learn card sorting has dropped in usage (since 2011).
- Congratulations to my friend Claire Brotherton on having her post on creating an accessible WordPress website published on WPMU Dev! You’ll find info about keyboard navigation, visible focus styles, color contrast, and more.
- Finally! An accessible screen sharing and video conferencing application is available with Zoom, which recently improved the accessibility of the product.
- He’s a marathon runner who has completed 17 marathons. And this week, Erich Munser, who is legally blind, ran the Boston Marathon with the help of Aira assistive technology and Google Glasses.
- How to make your social media accessible to everyone:
— Neil Milliken (@NeilMilliken) April 20, 2017
- You can learn how to read printed documents with the Office Lens Reader free scanning app in this tutorial from Royal Society for Blind Children.
- The WordPress 4.7.4 maintenance release includes 47 maintenance and enhancement fixes, including an incompatibility with the upcoming Chrome version and broken video/audio thumbnails.
- Whether you have a self-hosted WordPress site or have your blog on WordPress.com, you can get your WordPress questions answered at our May 8 Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup quarterly Q&A workshop.
- The tabbed interface in the WordPress plugin directory is back and there is much celebration from users who complained about its removal in the directory redesign.
- Learn how to optimize your WordPress site for performance with Sucuri Security’s free Website Performance webinar on April 26, 2017.
CSS and HTML
- Do you think it’s time to start using CSS Custom Properties? Serg Hospodarets says the answer is yes, as he explains the syntax, advantages, and how they’re different from preprocessor variables. Good discussion in the comments.
- When you come from a programming background, learning how CSS works can lead to frustration.
CSS does an awful lot, and in a ideal world it would be treated with the respect it deserves.
- Get a better understanding of the box model with the Managing the CSS Box Model excerpt from Tiffany Brown’s CSS Master book.
- With the font-display property you have the option to define what happens while custom fonts are downloading, whether to display a flash of unstyled text (FOUT), flash of invisible text (FOIT), or something else.
What I Found Interesting
- Travel anywhere in the world with the newly re-launched Google Earth, an impressive online site that will transport you to museums, mountain ranges, cities, and other places you’ve always dreamed of. No longer a desktop application, it’s currently only available in Chrome.
- Wake up in the morning to the sound of birds with this new birdsong alarm clock app from Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
- Announced this week, Microsoft’s new To-Do task management app replaces the popular Wunderlist. To-Do is rolling out as part of Office 365 and at launch, it’s not as fully featured as Wunderlist. Will you try it?
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