In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover the 10 best intranets for 2017, learn about the final rule for the Section 508 Refresh, find out how to set up a WooCommerce store on your WordPress site, 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 news and resources helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
30% of what we see.
50% of what we see and hear.
70% of what we discuss.
80% of what we experience.
95% of what we teach. pic.twitter.com/ogyp8HJx0o
— Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) January 12, 2017
- Having worked on a college intranet in the past, I look forward to Nielsen Norman Group’s 10 best intranets of 2017. Interesting to read all ten winners brought in outside organizations to provide expertise, not only for development but for user experience research and deliverables.
- Good facilitation during usability testing is more than following a script, says Jeff Sauro as he discusses his 10 golden rules of facilitation. One reminder I actually write down in big, bold letters when I conduct usability testing:
Let the participants talk
- I’ve noticed this trend personally, have you? Make it easier for users to enter credit card info: create credit card number fields that allow and auto-format spaces. According to Baymard Institute’s research, 80 percent of ecommerce site don’t.
- After four years of discovering user experience issues late in their project cycle, Creative Market took a closer look at how they could raise their user experience design bar by incorporating more user research and deliverables earlier in the project.
- The big news of the week is that the U.S. Access Board announced the final rule for the Section 508 refresh. Finally! Attorney Lainey Feingold expects it will be published next week.
- And to find out what the new Section 508 refresh rule means, you’ll want to register for the Great Lakes ADA Center Section 508 Refresh free webinar on February 2, 2017.
- Molly Watt is an accessibility, consultant, illustrator, blogger, and author. Because she is deaf-blind, her
…whole life revolves around assistive technology and accessibility.
Learn about the technology she uses, barriers she faces, and what designers/developers can do to create well-designed, accessible sites in Accessibility and Me.
- So, who uses text to speech (TTS) anyway? Text to speech (TTS) makes life easier for everyone, including people who are blind, speak another language, students, and people on the go.
- The WordPress 4.7.1 security and maintenance version was released this week, with fixes for eight security bugs, including several cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery bugs.
- My digital marketing friends were thrilled to try out the new WordPress 4.7 video headers feature, but they encountered several issues. After answering their questions, I decided to publish 5 things to know about video headers in WordPress 4.7 for WordPress users who might find the information useful.
- Want to set up a store on your WordPress site? How to set up a WooCommerce Store (in 3 simple steps) will quickly guide you through the process.
- Stripe is my payment processor of choice. It’s easy to use and doesn’t charge extra fees for processing credit cards (like PayPal does). Here are four ways you can set up Stripe on your WordPress site, for a basic site, WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, and Easy Digital Downloads
- Do you have a wishlist for the WordPress editor? Can the user interface (UI) be improved? What makes a great editor? Those are the questions being asked as work begins on improving the UI and features in the WordPress editor this year.
CSS and HTML
- What a great opportunity! Aaron Gustafson (web standards & accessibility advocate at Microsoft) is offering one-on-one mentorship to one person in 2017. If you’re passionate about the web, publish a post about your passion.
In particular I’m interested to hear where our passions overlap and how you think I can help you.
- In the CSS Selectors: Combinators extract from Tiffany Brown’s CSS Master book, she takes an in-depth look at the descendant, child, adjacent, and sibling combinator.
- We’re all in this together.
The web's success came from working together. Let's collaborate more. None of us is as smart about browsers, frameworks & tools as all of us
— Addy Osmani (@addyosmani) January 9, 2017
- Who knew there were issues in Safari with gradients and transparent black? Not me. Based on the comments, several people were aware of the problem and graciously added their solutions to the one Chris Coyier shared.
What I Found Interesting
- What an incredible journey! Jen Simmons shares how An Event Apart changed her career and how she found people who saw the tech and design industry the same way she did in Thinking about An Event Apart and 2017 post. Inspiring!
- In the lastest updates, the Flickr app has been updated with option to sign up without a Yahoo account. Which is good news for users. My next question was, what about existing users who were forced to use a Yahoo account?
I received a response quickly on Twitter when I asked FlickrHelp:
@redcrew Yes, you can do so in your account settings under Emails & Notifications on Flickr. You'd need to verify the email address.
— Flickr Help (@FlickrHelp) January 12, 2017
- How fun it was to learn more about my friend Isabelle Garcia as she explains five reasons for you to start blogging.’
Reading through my old posts, memories start popping up. It is a wonderful feeling, almost like reading a secret notebook.
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