In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what it’s like be an enterprise user experience professional, find out what it takes to become an accessibility specialist, discover how to recreate Medium’s article layout with CSS Grid, 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.
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Tweet of the Week
Good morning! 😊💕 Remember it’s possible to admire others success without questioning your own. You won’t be distracted by comparison if you’re captivated with your purpose. Focus to be happy- not to impress.
— Elise Swopes (@Swopes) December 27, 2017
- The 12 Most Innovative UX Experiments of the Year: Out of the 12 experiments, my favorite was the self-driving doctor: a clinic on wheels that comes to your house to collect routine vitals.
- A 100-Year View of User Experience: With 10 people working in the user experience field in 1950, we’ve come a long way. The future of UX promises to be even more, says Jakob Nielsen. By 2050 the number of UX professionals is
…expected to grow from the current about 1 million people to about 100 million people.
- Your role as a designer:
As a digital designer you have to understand all kind of age groups and user permanent, temporary and situational conditions to maximize the product usability. Don't design just for ideal user and conditions. #UX
— Jitendra Vyas (@jitendravyas) December 28, 2017
- Enterprise UX design: Problem solvers wanted: Working as a user experience professional on enterprise applications means big challenges: legacy applications, designing for professional users, and getting buy-in for user experience.
- How to View Captions on Your Smartphone: It’s straightforward to enable captions on your iOS and Android smartphone. Note: your settings may not apply to all applications.
- FCC extends waiver for video game accessibility for the last time: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted another one-year waiver to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) for the Electronic Software Association. The new deadline is January 1, 2019.
- No ADA Web Accessibility Regs? No Excuses: It doesn’t matter that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn web accessibility regulations, says attorney Lainey Feingold.
Website owners, developers, contractors must still build accessible websites. Accessibility is a civil right with or without federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) regulations.
- So You Want to Become an Accessibility Specialist: Ray Campbell dispels five myths about what it takes (and doesn’t take) to become an accessibility specialist.
- 10 Effective Techniques for Managing a WordPress Website: From uploading images to backups to security checks and more, here’s 10 tips for managing your WordPress website. They may be basics for longtime WordPress users, but with the new year, it’s worth a review of your process.
- Jetpack: 2017 Year in Review: Did you know Jetpack shipped 12 major releases this year? And that they added live chat (thank you, thank you!)? Learn about other highlights from 2017 and what you can expect in 2018.
- Three Plugins Backdoored in Supply Chain Attack: Yikes! Three plugins in the WordPress repository were closed in the past two weeks, due to content-injection backdoors.
Each of them had been purchased in the previous six months as part of the same supply chain attack, with the goal of injecting SEO spam into the sites running the plugins.
- How to Troubleshoot a 504 Error on Your WordPress Site: A 504 error message on your WordPress site can be due to a number of reasons. Check the error message to eliminate issues with low bandwidth or memory.
CSS and HTML
- Five Design Fears to Vanquish With CSS Grid: Bryan Robinson addresses five reasons why CSS Grid hasn’t been embraced by designers and developers, and shares how you can cast off those fears.
- How to Use CSS Even and Odd Rules to Create Engaging Tables in WordPress: John Hughes explains how to target columns and rows in tables as well as items in ordered and unordered lists with CSS even and odd selectors.
- For your next website project, what solutions are you considering? Here’s great advice from Jen Simmons.
One of the most important skills you'll learn making websites is this: Don't push for a technology because it's popular or considered cool. Or because it's familiar to you. Find the right solution to the actual problem at hand. Consider the long term plan.
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) December 27, 2017
- How to recreate Medium’s article layout with CSS Grid: Using CSS Grid, Per Harald Borgen walks you through the steps to recreate Medium’s article layout as he compares the layout to the hacks you’d have to use without CSS Grid.
What I Found Interesting
- How to Disable Autoplay Videos in LinkedIn for Desktop, Android, and iOS: After getting frustrated with autoplaying videos in my LinkedIn feed, I found out how to disable it and wrote about it.
- Midnight Lizard: An improvement over F.lux, the Midnight Lizard Chrome extension brings the dark web mode to all websites by looking at each element on the page and computing how the element should be changed.
- Free: The IconBros Have Over 700 Vector Icons for You: Use the icons in your personal or commercial projects, no attribution required. Available in PNG and SVG formats.
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