In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to present your user research findings, discover how to make your code and content accessible, find out what’s expected in the upcoming WordPress 4.8 version, 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
— Una Kravets 👩🏻💻 (@Una) May 8, 2017
- Presenting your research findings in a document? Create a findings document people will actually read; prioritize your findings in five points or less.
- While some believe sidebars are obsolete in web design, others believe they still serve a purpose. In her should your website have a sidebar? post, Brenda Barron summarizes several studies and opinions highlighting benefits and disadvantages of sidebars.
- What is your role as a user research moderator?
When moderating user research, you take on the role of the learner. The participant becomes the expert. – @kimgoodwin
— Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) May 10, 2017
- In-page links can be confusing to users. Amy Schade explains how anchors can be used responsibly and successfully in your designs.
- At the Beginning with the Why: An Introduction to Closed Captioning free webinar on May 24, Luis Perez will explain the benefits of closed captioning for deaf or hard of hearing people, those learning how to read, and people speaking English as a second language.
- Whose website must be accessible? Yours, says Allison Ravenhall in her presentation at this week’s presentation at The Web Meetup in Melbourne, Australia. Check out her slides for tips on making your code and content accessible.
- On the importance of providing captions and transcripts for audio/video:
7.6 million (3.1% EU) have a hearing impairment. They might rely on transcripts and/or captions for multimedia, do you provide them? #A11Y
— Mark Wilcock (@MarkAWilcock) May 11, 2017
- Impressive. Presentation Translator is a PowerPoint add-in that automatically provides transcripts and allows presenters to display translated subtitles (in 60 languages) in real time. Only available in Windows.
- Did you know a new visual editor for the text widget is included in the upcoming WordPress 4.8 release? Find out what other features are expected in WordPress 4.8.
- Learn how to design your website with the free drag-and-drop Elementor page builder at Dave Foy’s free webinar on May 17. I attended one of Dave’s webinars last month, good information about Elementor!
- At our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetp Q &A workshop this week, we answered questions about hosting, CSS, child themes, setup and configuration. Here are 10 takeaways from the workshop.
- My friend Anthony Horton has written a guide to the WordPress Customizer. Check out Part 1 of the guide, with basics on how to create Customizer settings.
CSS and HTML
- If you’re wondering what websites are already using CSS Grid in production, Rachel Andrew is compiling a list of sites. Want to add your CSS Grid site to the list? Submit a pull request.
- The first post in the CSS Layout series by Stephanie Walter focuses on fun places to learn Flexbox. You’ll find a roundup of eleven games, playgrounds, cheatsheets, and videos to help you master Flexbox.
- I always look forward to the front-end development docs and guides roundups Louis Lazaris publishes, and the 12th installment doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find a CSS Grid cheatsheet, front-end tooling recipes, HTML5 pre-built patterns, and a slew of other helpful resources.
- Do you know why there’s no CSS Level 4? Learn that and more in this fascinating deep dive by Chen Hui Jing into the history of CSS fonts.
What I Found Interesting
- Personally, I prefer HTML. Have to say I was surprised with the number one choice. How about you?
Someone wants to send you a random document (not a book). Which format do you prefer to receive?
— Dave Cramer (@dauwhe) May 9, 2017
- The Unsplash API is now completely open and free to developers. No rate limits, no fees.
- I’m excited! Pastel, the first coworking space in Plymouth, Michigan, is holding its grand opening next week. Glad to have a coworking space in our community.
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