In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to conduct a basic UX audit, find a helpful guide for learning the CSS Grid Layout, discover new features in the latest version of the Chromevox screen reader, 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
— Ilaria Mauric (@ilariamauric) February 8, 2017
- Learn the basics of conducting a UX audit and the differences between a UX audit and usability testing in this helpful beginner’s guide to UX audits from Usability Geek.
- Is there a problem to be solved?
— Andrew Nebus (@AndrewNebus) February 10, 2017
- Rosenfeld Media wants your help in designing their next conference, To Be Designed. Take their four-question survey and let them know what next generation user experience topics you’d like to hear more about.
- Remote customer journey mapping with distributed teams can be challenging, but through careful planning, collaboration, and a range of digital tools, your team can produce insightful maps.
- When writing for websites, you want to write content that is clear and simple. To create content that works well with screen readers, examine your punctuation, language, and acronyms.
- The new, improved ChromeVox screen reader has easier keyboard commands and a new set of auditory features.
- When you walk down the street, have you wondered what those bumps on the sidewalks are all about? They’re not for extra traction.
- Find out how to use ARIA Authoring Practices Guide to build accessible web resources in this month’s International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) webinar on February 15.
- If you haven’t updated your WordPress site to version 4.7.2, Sucuri Security published two posts this week (defacement campaigns and remote command execution) describing how hackers have taken advantage of a severe vulnerability to hack sites.
- What will you find in the new WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores course, available on LinkedIn? My colleague Morten Rand-Hendriksen gives a walkthrough on building a theme step-by-step using Sass and Gulp.
- The WordPress design team could use your help in testing the first editor prototype. Named Gutenberg, the prototype is available on GitHub.
- The free and simple embedded graphics editor plugin Vectr allows you to edit images and create vector graphics in the WordPress editor.
CSS and HTML
- Did you know there are four basic shapes in CSS? And that certain CSS path properties can modify shapes, but not all? It’s a bit confusing, says Chris Coyier, as he explains how basic shapes and paths work (or don’t work) together.
- For all the web developer and designer football fans:
I refuse to watch Super Bowl LI unless the NFL starts a Super Bowl OL or UL first.
— Eric Meyer (@meyerweb) February 5, 2017
- If you’ve been looking to learn the basics of the CSS Grid Layout, Ire Aderinokun’s post will get your started with a good foundation of CSS Grid Layout terminology.
CSS Grid Layout introduces a lot of new concepts; there are 17 new properties to learn, and many more new terms to understand.
- Finally! Google is making it easier to share Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) with a new user interface change that allows users to access, view, and copy the canonical URL of the document.
What I Found Interesting
- I don’t have a Daydream-ready phone or Daydream View headset, but that didn’t stop me from trying out the virtual reality interactive documentary on bears in my Chrome browser. Check it out yourself, experience virtual reality on the web in Chrome.
- Download, color, and share your artwork from the 50+ free coloring books from libraries and museums around the world to participate in the #ColorOurCollections campaign.
- Fun time for everyone who enjoys astronomy as a lunar eclipse, comet, and full moon will be visible tonight and early tomorrow morning. I’m hoping to catch two, how about you?
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