In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to ask users the right questions during interviews, find out how to create accessible ebooks, discover how to convert your existing site to 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
— NASA (@NASA) March 21, 2017
- Conducting interviews during user research can be challenging. Fabricio Teixeira offers some tips for asking users the right questions and asking questions the right way.
- What’s the secret to better web writing? According to Carrie Hane, it doesn’t start with copy. It starts with better understanding of the users needs.
It’s about them, not you.
- Sounds like NASA has it right. From this week’s O’Reilly Design 2017 conference:
NASA pilots get to accept or reject new features to the flight systems ❤ Talk about user centered! Jay Trimble #OReillyDesign
— Silvia A. (@hiSilv) March 22, 2017
- When planning your online study, consider the average online study takes 17 minutes. Jeff Sauro of Measuring U shared seven other things to consider when planning a panel for your next online research study.
- From this week’s ebookcraft 2017 conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
— Joshua Tallent (@jtallent) March 22, 2017
- Learn about United Airlines Accessibility Journey, and how they created an intergrated accessibility program in this YouTube video from the March 2017 Chicago Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Design meetup.
- Great example of how accessibility affects people in real life. Web developer Adam Soucie shares his story of how poor color contrast on his credit card affected a purchase at a brick-and-mortar store. His recommendation:
Check your color contrast during the design process. And check it again as you develop.
- Thanks to Kevin Callahan and Sarah Hilderley for sharing their ebookcraft presentation slides, How to produce born accessible ebooks in a collaborative workflow.
- Learn about web accessibility in the free one-hour online Understanding & Supporting Web Accessibility webinar hosted by WPSessions. Taught by Rachel Carden, senior software engineer at The Walt Disney Company, the session focuses on teaching you the basics of web accessibility and how you can improve accessibility on your site.
- Big news this week in the WordPress community was the acquisition of security platform Sucuri Security by GoDaddy. I’m looking forward to seeing GoDaddy hosting plans incorporating Sucuri Security soon!
- What are you thoughts of automatic renewal of premium WordPress themes? WP Zoom takes a look at automatic renewal for plugins and explains their strategy.
- Nice! Thank you, WordCamp Miami!
— WordCamp Miami (@wordcampmiami) March 23, 2017
- If you’ve been wanting to learn WordPress development, check out WP Shout’s second edition of Up and Running guide to learning WordPress development. The three packages—Core, Premium, and Deluxe—are geared toward beginners, WordPress users and designers, as well as developers.
- Caching plugin WP Rocket is now part of the WP Engine Preferred Plugin Program. (In the past, WP Engine banned caching plugins since they caused conflicts with EverCache technology.)
CSS and HTML
- Which tool to use, Flexbox or CSS Grid? Jeff Bridgforth explains how both flexbox and CSS Grid can be used to solve different problems in a website.
- If you have an existing site and wonder how you can convert it to CSS Grid, you don’t want to miss Eric Meyer’s step-by-step walkthrough, Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design. Meyer’s code examples and illustrations make it easy to understand.
- And CSS Grid keeps rolling out across browsers! Opera 44 was released this week, the latest browser to announce support for CSS Grid.
- Like many of us, Tyler Sticka has been absorbing all the information about CSS Grid. This week he shares a case study of his first practical CSS Grid layout in a CloudFour project. I like that he shared both code with and without CSS Grid.
What I Found Interesting
- My friend Chris Wiegman spoke about encryption and practical encryption for your websites, email, and more in his WordCamp London 2017 presentation last weekend. Check out all his resources at the end of his talk.
- Need to catch up on the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Debate? I admit it, I’m hesitant to add Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)to the websites I work on. Read Chris Coyier’s post for a summary of the pros and cons of AMP.
- Fun quiz to take! How much do you know about cybersecurity? Let me know how you did. (I got 10 out of 10!)
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