In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to use card sorting in your projects, find an accessibility review of a well-known UK supermarket, discover 50 interesting CSS values and properties, 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
“If the team wasn’t there to observe, it didn’t happen.” – @danachis on user research
— Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) January 24, 2017
- The Design Research Techniques site has an excellent breakdown of what design techniques work best during different stages of a project. Try it out on desktop/laptop. On mobile, it’s not easy to use.
- In Using Card Sorting to create stronger information architecture, Jitesh Jaidev Jumani explains what card sorting is and how to use it in your projects. You’ll also find several free and paid tools you can use to conduct card sorting.
- Design thinking changes the conversations, but it’s nothing new, says Jared Spool. There’s no magic in design thinking; design is solving the problems people face. It doesn’t mean “make it pretty.”
- We’re seeing wide adoption of social user assistance via forums, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, to provide users with the information on how to use products and services.
- Google honored disability rights pioneer Ed Roberts, on what would have been his 78th birthday, in their Google Doodle this week. Roberts contracted polio when he was 14, went to college, and became a
…quadriplegic leader whose life’s work helped redefine national perceptions of people with disabilities.
- Thanks to my friend Sarah Bourne for posting her notes about what’s new in the Section 508 Refresh. One item that caught my attention was the Safe Harbor provision, referring to updating a specific section of a page that already meets the old 508 guidelines.
- Based on my own experience, this works best when people in the video speak clearly:
Video captioning tip: download file created by YouTube autocaptioning feature and edit to correct the transcript. #PEATWorks
— PEAT (@PEATWorks) January 26, 2017
- I don’t see them as often as in the past, but I love accessibility reviews like this one of UK supermarket Tesco, which highlight the accessibility of existing sites and how they can be improved.
- Accessibility is not an option. It’s part of the cost of doing business, says Dan Herman who works at the Penn State College of Medicine. Create accessible websites by having empathy and understanding the standards.
- Woohoo! Along with Amazon, WordPress is one of the top two trusted brands, according to the Alignable’s 2017 SMB Brand Ratings.
- For whatever reason, you may find yourself needing to restore a MySQL database. Don’t worry, Kinsta has you covered with their how to restore MySQL with phpMyAdmin tutorial.
- Troubleshooting a problem on your WordPress site? From last week’s WPSessions webinar with Kyle Maurer:
Every WordPress problem we encounter can be traced to 1 of these 5 items:
— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) January 20, 2017
- If you received a fatal error with UpdraftPlus and couldn’t access your WordPress admin, it’s because your site is running end-of-life PHP version. Upgrade to the latest UpdraftPlus version.
CSS and HTML
- Want to learn more ways to use CSS? Greg Hovanesyan takes an in-depth look at 50 CSS properties and values, including some experimental ones as well as not-so-well-known CSS values.
- In rules for using ARIA in HTML, Ire Aderinokun explains why you want to avoid using ARIA if HTML5 element can be used, when to use roles for focusable visable elements, and more.
- Yikes! Can you imagine maintaining 24 sites for 12 journals? In their Responsive Web Design interview, Paul Gee and Rob Wooten describe how responsive web design helped them manage the JAMA Network, a family of 12 journals published by the Journal of American Medical Association. (Podcast and transcript available)
What I Found Interesting
- It can take only one email change to make you a more effective leader.
- If you see a page, tweet, or post online and you want to save it, here are six ways to save pages in the Wayback Machine.
- One thing Ethan Marcotte recently noticed when working with non-profits was how their choices for website themes often resulted in slow performing themes. Wouldn’t it be helpful if CMS vendors highlighted performance in themes?
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