In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design for touch, find out about the accessibility of the future WordPress editor, discover new features coming to Google Forms, 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
It feels like a small thing, these days, but designing lightweight, inexpensive digital experiences is a form of kindness.
— Ethan Marcotte (@beep) July 10, 2017
- In the third part of his Mobile Matters series, Steven Hoober shares the last five of his ten heuristics for designing for touch in the real world, for any device. My favorite: touch is imprecise. You need to code the largest possible target.
- You’ll learn how to use eye-tracking qualitatively or quantitatively at the free July 19, 2017 Demystifying Eye-Tracking for UX Research webinar, hosted by the User Experience Professionals Association. The presenter is Laura Rivera, a user experience researcher at Facebook.
- At her Michigan UXPA presentation, The Emotional Life of Internet Things, Pam Pavliscak explained that:
— Michigan UXPA (@MichiganUXPA) July 10, 2017
- When you’re first starting out in your user experience career, look for a job where you can learn user experience with an established user experience team, one that already has a process in place, says Jessica Ivins.
If an organization has a dedicated team of UX designers, even if it’s a small team, the organization is invested in UX at some level.
- Wondering what a customer journey map is? And why you need one? Christopher Ratcliff has you covered, as he discusses the benefits of customer journey maps and how to make them successful in your organization.
- My friend Claire Brotherton reviewed accessibility features of the Gutenberg plugin, the new editor expected to be included in WordPress 5.0. Her conclusion: there’s a lot of work to be done to make the editor accessible.
- Learn how accessible and inclusive design can overcome barriers to using technology in the free five-week online Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society course. The course begins in October 2017.
- If you’re looking for something sooner to improve your accessibility knowledge, check out next week’s free webinar on planning and producing accessible videos for web, social media, and eLearning.
- When the Los Angeles Times rejected their op-ed, commentary, and letter to the editor, attorney Lainey Feingold and web champion Joe O’Connor decided to publish it themselves, to clear up the misinformation about accessibility in an earlier op-ed story.
- Disappointed it took a lawsuit for the City of Miami to pay attention to a request for equal access. This week’s settlement by the City of Miami sets guidelines for close captioning of videos on their website.
- Don’t assume keyboard access is all you need, says James Williamson, as he explains what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has taught him about designing for motor impairment.
- Have you ever wanted to make WordPress posts (or an entire post category) visible only to logged-in users, but you didn’t want to use a membership plugin? Brad Dalton explains how to hide posts from logged out users.
- Woohoo! Shoutout to WordPress.com for their perfect score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for digital privacy rights.
- If you’re setting up your first WordPress site, pay attention to these 7 WordPress setup tips to make your site easier to maintain and more usable to your readers.
- Can’t attend WPCampus in person today or tomorrow? Here’s an option for you:
— wapu.us (@wapuus) July 12, 2017
- You’ll get free traffic, automatic update notification to users, built-in support forum, and useful statistics when you publish your plugin to the WordPress directory. What’s holding you back?
- For Premium and Business plan users on WordPress.com (as well as Jetpack Professional and Premium users) you can now schedule your social media posts.
CSS and HTML
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has put out a Call for Consensus (CFC) on their proposal to mark previous versions of HTML and XHTML obsolete. Responses are due by end of day on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
- I think many front-end developers agree with you, Sara.
I'd dump Sass and all preprocessors as soon as we get the ability to nest selectors in CSS. Nesting is at the top of my CSS wish list.
— Sara Soueidan 🐦 (@SaraSoueidan) July 13, 2017
- I’ve been a fan of Markdown for over a dozen years. Here’s a helpful printable Markdown cheat sheet, with core syntax, some extended syntax, and tools you can use for processing Markdown.
- Thinking of converting a site to CSS Grid Layout? Find out what Hidde de Vries learned (and what he found interesting) when he converted his personal site to use Grid Layout.
Content still flows in the order of your HTML document, but you no longer need to depend on HTML to do things like laying two items out next to each other.
- Timesaver! Convert your CSV files to searchable and sortable HTML tables with the CSVToTable command-line utility.
What I Found Interesting
- Whoa. I’m amazed with the news this week from Microsoft. First up, the new Seeing AI mobile app (free, currently a research project) for people with vision impairments. It uses artificial intelligence to narrate the world around you, reading documents, identifying currency, and more. Only available for iOS.
- And second announcement from Microsoft that has me excited: the new Presentation Translator, which adds subtitles to your PowerPoint presentation in real-time. In 60 languages! Which allows audience members to follow the presentation in their chosen language, using their own phone, tablet, or computer.
- Some useful new features are coming to Google Forms (rolling out in the next few weeks), including the ability to use checkbox grid questions and save default settings for new forms.
- Stunning is the only word I can use to describe the winners in the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards competition. My favorite photos: numbers 5, 7, 8, and 16.
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