In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to handle UX requests without saying no, find out how to enable Microsoft Edge to read text out loud, discover a free Flexbox 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
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) January 26, 2018
- Handle Bad UX Requests Without Saying No: Learn how you can tactfully push back on user experience design requests from your manager and still remain a team player.
- 9 Ways to Design for Human Error: Clear instructions and clear warning messages in plain language go far in creating a better user experience.
- How to Audit Your Content: 5 Essential Steps: Don’t delete content simply because it doesn’t get a lot of traffic, says content strategist Laura Creekmore. Delete content that is no longer useful to your audience.
- 8 Ways to Minimize No Shows in Your UX Research: You have to have participants to conduct user research. Communication, over-recruiting, and over-scheduling can help reduce your no-show rates.
Don’t just email participants for scheduling; speak to them on the phone and let them know there are people waiting for them.
- Accessibility: An Interview with Kate Finn and Jeff Johnson: When you exclude people in your design approach, you’re missing out a portion of your audience.
Excluded people aren’t going to be able to access your information, order your products, or sign up for your services
- Understanding WCAG 2.1 – Reviewing Mobile Success Criteria: In her 18-minute-video, Glenda Sims focuses on the ten new success criterion in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 related to mobile devices.
- How to enable Microsoft Edge to read content out loud.
Read Aloud in the Edge browser reads websites, PDFs, and ePUBs aloud.
– Press “Read aloud” button located at the top-right corner of the browser.
– Edge will also highlight the words being read. #accessibility pic.twitter.com/uboMgKSjqZ
— MSFT Accessibility (@MSFTEnable) January 25, 2018
- 5 Easy Ways to Make Your InDesign Document More Accessible: Thanks to Amy Carney for listing these tips to help you improve the accessibility of your InDesign documents. Glad to see
create a tagged PDFin the list; it’s one of the most commonly missed things I see in InDesign documents.
- WordPress Turns 15 Years Old: Happy birthday, WordPress! This week marks the 15th year anniversary of Mike Little’s comment that started it all.
- How to Translate a WordPress Plugin in Your Language: Did you know WordPress.org has an online translation tool that allows anyone to add translations for plugins hosted on WordPress.org?
- What happens when you copy and paste content into Gutenberg?
Using Gutenberg ~ Beginner's Tip of the Day #6 😎:
— Joe Casabona (@jcasabona) January 26, 2018
- 3 Ways to Fix the Unable to Establish Secure Connection Error in WordPress: Good recommendations on resolving a common error seen in WordPress. One of the first things I recommend before troubleshooting: check with your host to see what is happening with your site.
CSS and HTML
- Learn Flexbox for free: Learn Flexbox in this free course with 12 interactive screencasts.
- Introducing CSS Gridish: An Open Source Tool to Help Your Team Adapt CSS Grid Today: Interesting tool from the folks at IBM. CSS Gridish runs on the command line from one json file; it produces a folder of files for your grid.
- Recreating the GitHub Contribution Graph with CSS Grid Layout: In recreating the GitHub contribution graph using CSS Grid, Ire Aderinokun discovered she used 30 lines of CSS, with only 15 declarations. Whoa!
- Web Designer 101: What Belongs Into the HTML Head?: Denis Potschien gives a quick overview of what code goes into the
headelement, referencing gethead.info, the excellent free online resource from Josh Buchea.
What I Found Interesting
- Planning for Emergencies with a Yearly Emergency Kit Review: If you’ve been planning to put together an emergency kit for yourself or your family members, Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s post is a must-read. Excellent advice on what to include in your kit.
- How I’m Migrating my Storify Stories: With Storify closing down in May 2018, I’ve started the process of moving my almost 150 stories off Storify.
- Chrome update rids Android devices of pop-ups and redirects: Thank you, Chrome team! Chrome 64 rolls out this week to users with the one feature everyone will like: site-wide audio muting. No more searching to find that one tab to disable audio!
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