In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what you need to conduct a moderated usability test, find out about the new Accessible Canada Act, discover how to center something with CSS, 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.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!
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Tweet of the Week
The most junior members of your team are not going to learn much if you assign them nothing but dull chores and tedious maintenance work.
Instead, give them lots of important but non-urgent work, and then support them as they grow at each step along the way.
— Practicing Developer (@practicingdev) June 19, 2018
- What You Need to Conduct a Moderated Usability Test: Though it’s not part of a series, Jeff Sauro’s how-to post on conducting moderated usability tests is a continuation of his helpful advice on setting up a usability lab, tips for finding usability testing participants, and being prepared for no-shows.
- UX Innovation in Healthcare, Military, and Automotive Applications: Join Michigan User Experience Professionals Association on July 9, 2018 for an evening of three case studies focusing on user experience in healthcare, military, and automotive applications.
- Safety in numbers during design research: A cab ride into a neighborhood had two user research professionals questioning whether they should continue with their session. They didn’t, they bailed out.
You know, you just don’t seem like the types to be visiting someone round here.
- Discovery on a Budget: Part III: In the final post of her series on conducting user research, Meg Dickey-Kurdziolek takes a look at the pitfalls of using surveys in your research.
- Minister Duncan introduces the proposed Accessible Canada Act: A historic day for disability rights in Canada! The country’s first accessibility legislation for a barrier-free Canada, the Accessible Canada Act was introduced this week. Here’s the plain language summary.
- Creating accessible web pages allows your content to be accessible to everyone and improve your search engine optimization.
In the same way that creating accessible webpages helps disabled person access your content, it also helps Google index your pages. #A11Y
— Mark Wilcock (@MarkAWilcock) June 22, 2018
- Google renames TalkBack app to Android Accessibility Suite with latest update: Woohoo! With the release of Android Accessibility Suite 6.2, Google has combined all of its assistive applications into one service which includes TalkBack, Switch Access, and Select to Speak. Note the new features in Talkback for focus management and new settings and improved spoken feedback in Switch Access.
- 5 Things you need to know about Web Content Accessbility Guideline (WCAG) 2.1: Quick overview of key items about the recent release of WCAG 2.1. One thing that has many people confused: Version 2.1 doesn’t change any of the success criteria for WCAG 2.0; it adds 17 additional criteria.
- Matt Mullenweg Unveils Gutenberg Roadmap at WCEU, WordPress Agencies and Product Developers Sprint to Prepare: At last week’s WordCamp Europe conference, Matt Mullenweg’s announcement of the roadmap for Gutenberg surprised many people. The road map is extremely aggressive, given the number of outstanding issues (737 as of mid-June 2018) and the low number of WordPress users testing/using Gutenberg (outside of the developer/designer population).
- Gutenberg for Beginners: A Basic Tutorial: If you’ve been holding off on learning how to use Gutenberg, this tutorial from WP Engine will show you the basics and get you ready for using Gutenberg when it’s finally released.
- Welcome Atavist! A Groundbreaking Publishing Platform Joins the WordPress.com Family: Impressive! Automattic has bought Atavist, a multimedia publishing platform used to create longform content and in-depth storytelling in its The Atavist magazine.
- The Demand for Gutenberg Is Not There. Yet.: Speaking of Gutenberg, here’s another perspective on the new WordPress editor under development, from veteran WordPress developer Tom McFarlin.
CSS and HTML
- Don’t Use The Placeholder Attribute: Did you know text in the
placeholderattribute can’t be translated? And that it remains in the original authored language. That, and many other reasons explains Eric Bailey, are why you shouldn’t use the
- Centering: The Newest Coolest Way vs. The Oldest Coolest Way: Hah! You know you’ve been using CSS for a long time when you nod your head as Chris Coyier shows the “old way” to center, it even works in Internet Explorer 8! The new way? It’s new to me, but so much simpler. (You’ll need to add a few extra lines for it to work in Microsoft Edge.)
- Great to have more options!
— Firefox DevTools (@FirefoxDevTools) June 20, 2018
- Speed up your web workflow with a style guide: A style guide might be the missing piece to your workflow. Discover what to include it in to make your projects run more smoothly.
What I Found Interesting
- Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.: Have you switched browsers lately? Firefox has a lot to offer, including better performance and accessibility improvements.
- 9 Common Browser Problems and How to Fix Them: Who hasn’t had problems with slow performance and page loads in their browser? You’ll find tips for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari in this handy guide.
- Encouraging Online Reader Discussion: Over time I’ve seen fewer people commenting on my blog, mostly they reply back to me on social media about a post. I’m going to give some of these 12 tips a try to see if they encourage readers to leave comments.
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