In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll find a UX battle of the week between top flower retailers, learn how to make accessible instructional videos, discover a new multimedia WordPress development course, 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
No tabs, no accordions, no carousels, no drop downs, no light boxes. Try harder to keep it simple.
— Leisa Reichelt (@leisa) February 14, 2017
- Can you guess who won the UX benchmark study between Teleflora and 1-800-Flowers.com? I have to admit I was surprised with the results.
- User researchers know that the longer the online study is, the more likely participants will drop out. So, how long is the typical online study? Jeff Sauro of MeasuringU took a closer look at 260 surveys and unmoderated usability studies to find out.
- On user research:
When moderating user research sessions, strive to be a quick learner and a good listener. – @danachis
— Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) February 15, 2017
- There’s still time to register for World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor. Don’t live in southeastern Michigan? Find a World Architecture Day 2017 event near you, they’re happening in 24 countries around the world.
- Good discussion in the comments about the pros and cons of why your form only needs one name field. While the author argues that one name field is more culturally inclusive, people commenting point out data and technical challenges.
- In the first post of the Sounding out the web series: Accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people [Part 1], David Swallow talks with Ruth MacMullen, an academic librarian and copyright specialist about being deaf, how she uses the web, and the importance of structured content and closed captions on the web.
- The free best practices for creating accessible instructional videos webinar on February 23, 2017 will walk you through the planning and technical steps to add accessibility features to your instructional videos.
- Hard to believe it’s been 18 years! Sharron Rush looks back and shares her thoughts as Knowbility celebrates their 18th year. Happy anniversary, Knowbility!
We have seen and been part of growing opportunity for people with disabilities to succeed as students, as productive employees, and as full participants in the social and political life of our nation.
- While captions and transcripts make video more accessible to people who are hard of hearing or Deaf, audio descriptions provide detailed information about videos to people who are visually impaired or blind.
- Updated with the latest new content about WordPress, the Up and Running: Second Edition multimedia course for learning WordPress development will launch in March 2017. But you can get hands-on with a free five-day WordPress key principles development course now.
- Your responsibility as a web designer or developer? Ensuring users can use the services you create, says Emanuel Blagonic as he suggests making accessibility the next big thing.
We (designers and developers) are the ones who can shape the web, to make it truly as open as his inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wanted it.
- If you want to reach an international audience on your WordPress site, translating your site content to other languages is required. Using the WPML premium plugin to translate content makes the job easier.
CSS and HTML
- The idea of progressive enhancement has been around since 2003, but the concept is often misunderstood. Tiffany Tse discusses what progressive enhancement is and why you should care about it, using the analogy of piece of cake, with frosting, decorations, and candles.
- When I tweeted, What is a good practice for providing keyboard focus? during this week’s ARIA Authoring Practices Guide webinar, Heydon Pickering was quick with a helpful suggestion.
Now that box-shadow is widely supported, I use that. No impact on layout and fits flush to border-radius, unlike outline. https://t.co/SjMHNOw1kY
— overflow: heydon (@heydonworks) February 15, 2017
- Thanks to Tiffany Brown and Sitepoint for making the extract, CSS pseudo-classes: styling elements based on their index, from the CSS Master book available.
- Based on HTML5Doctors flowchart, the HTML5 Robot will help you choose the right semantic tag for your HTML5 element.
What I Found Interesting
- Wondering why HTTPS is important? My friend Claire Brotherton explains what HTTPS is and why she moved her site from HTTP to HTTPS. You’ll find tips, useful guides, and resources to make the move easier.
- Are you a Delicious bookmark user, frustrated because the online service no longer has an export option? Check out this script for exporting public bookmarks from Delicious. (Hat tip to D. A. Gutierrez.)
- Who knew? Not me. Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other.
- The new premium email service from Outlook allows you to set up email accounts for your own custom domain name. Limited to five email accounts, the service costs $19.95/year. (Price goes up to $49.95 after March 31, 2017.)
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