In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn the basics of conducting your first usability test, find out how to make blog posts more accessible, discover new features in HTML 5.1, 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
— Knowbility (@knowbility) November 30, 2016
- Learn how to conduct usability testing for the first time with this beginners guide to usability testing from Cindy McCracken at UX Mastery. McCracken explains the five phases of usability testing and describes the process for each phase.
- On strategy:
Strategy = who is your audience, what problem you solve for them & what makes you uniquely suited to that. The rest is tactics & execution.
— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) November 30, 2016
- If terms of service and other legal terms were written in plain language new users could understand, more people would have a better idea of what they were agreeing to when they sign up for a new service. Check out this case study of Uber.
- Consider alternatives to placeholder text in form input fields, like placing example text below the input field and using input labels, says Andrew Coyle.
- Wondering what the key trends and developments are in document accessibility? Register for SSB Bart Group’s December 7, 2016 free webinar, Trends in Digital Accessibility and Electronic Documents.
- If you’ve worked in web accessibility for a while, you probably have gathered a number of accessibility tools for your work. Find out what Deque Systems experts list as their favorite current accessibility tools.
- From the “did you know” department:
— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin) November 29, 2016
- Adding alternative text for images, writing meaningful link text, and using proper HTML headings will make your blog posts more accessible. Find out more tips in this post from the Digital Engagement and Design team for GOV.UK.
- Say hello to the new Jetpack Personal plan that offers you website backup, automated restores, and spam protection. Available in monthly or annual subscriptions.
- Starting in early 2017, WordPress.org is moving toward SSL and will only promote web hosting partners that provide a SSL certificate by default in their accounts.
- Planning to attend Contributor Day at WordCamp US 2016? Here’s some helpful tips for first-time contributors.
- In his first post on his personal blog, John Maeda (Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic) discusses WordPress and his personal path to re-learn WordPress by diving deeply into it:
…what I see today in WP is the sense of identity that it brings to those who choose to be a part of what it is and stands for.
CSS and HTML
- Pavels Jelisejevs walks you through some of the new features and improvements in HTML 5.1, which was made a W3C Recommendation last month. Two features I’m looking forward to using: the
- What are your thoughts on input masks for form fields? Like them, hate them? It seems there’s a lot of opinion about input masking. Good discussion in the comments.
- Made me laugh.
I just wrote `display: nope`.
— Brad Frost (@brad_frost) December 1, 2016
- If you’re a complete beginner to HTML and CSS, check out the learning resources Jeremy Keith shares in his Starting Out post.
What I Found Interesting
- Did you make the switch from Gmail to Google Inbox? You might consider switching back, after seeing how Handle for Gmail integrates your email, to-do list, and calendar together.
- It’s that time for one of my favorite posts of the year: Advent Calendars for Web Professionals. You’ll find calendars for user experience, content strategy, web design, online marketing, and more.
- You can never have too many icon sets. Thanks, Speckyboy for sharing your top 50 favorite icon sets for the sixth year!
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