In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll find seven tips for designing for internationalization, learn about Facebook’s new automated video captioning, discover what you can expect with CSS Grid in 2017, 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
I ❤ CSS. I can’t wait for when we have all the long-awaited features. It’s gonna be so much more powerful!
— Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) January 5, 2017
- When writing microcontent, be consistent, use words your users are familiar with, and stick to familiar patterns, says Melita Little in Now You’re Speaking My Language.
- Looking for user experience and web professional events happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio?
- Shut up and take my money! is a fascinating post by Paul Ford, who reviewed the user experience of 33 online charities as he donated to each one. Overall, he found similar looking site designs and had a hard time locating the donate buttons.
- I nodded my head as I read John Saito’s seven tips for designing for internationalization. Reminded me of my time as a translation coordinator for software products. It took us three major versions over two years before we finally had all our processes in place.
- There was no formal announcement from Facebook, but free automated video captioning is now available on all English-language Facebook pages in the United States. As I’ve written before, automated captioning is well-known for its inaccuracy. You’re better off providing your own captions for Facebook videos.
- Find out what the key digital accessibility trends and developments are at the SSB Bart Group 2017 Digital Accessibility Trends webinar on January 17. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required.
- Hard to believe, 11 years after it first started: the refresh of the U.S. Section 508 accessibility rules will be published soon.
— U.S. Access Board (@AccessBoard) January 5, 2017
- It’s important to pay attention to color, contrast, and visual hierarchy to ensure you include accessibility when you prototype web and mobile designs. While the post focuses on the Justinmind app, the principles apply to every design prototype.
- With 58.5 percent market share, W3Techs ranked WordPress as the fastest growing content management system of 2016.
- Your thoughts? Should you offer WordPress training to clients? I do, but I enjoy helping people learn about WordPress. I know many other people offering WordPress design and development services don’t offer any training.
- Nice collection of resources from WPMU Dev to help you find trending topics and ideas for your WordPress blog posts. Another suggestion I recommend: listen to the questions your clients have about the web or using WordPress.
- How to find which files to edit in WordPress is a lot easier with the What the File plugin.
CSS and HTML
- A reminder from Jeffrey Zeldman in Kiss My Classname about using semantics and clarity in our code:
The codebase is broken because developers don’t talk to each other and don’t make style guides or pattern libraries.
- Have you discovered the
table-layoutproperty? First I heard of it was this week, when I learned the benefits of using the
fixedvalue to improve performance.
- Yes, CSS Grid is coming to browsers in 2017. Rachel Andrew explains what you can expect in the different browsers and why you shouldn’t polyfill grid.
- If one of your goals is to improve how you maintain and create website style guides, you won’t want to miss Anna Debenham’s second edition of Front-end Style Guides, released this week.
What I Found Interesting
- I didn’t do very well on this five-question quiz about quotations from Daily Writing Tips. How about you?
- With their current ad-driven approach not performing to expectations, Medium laid off a third of their staff this week as it looks for a new business model. Some of us have seen this before, with the free Readability and Posterous sites.
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