In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why making user research a regularly scheduled event is important, discover a free webinar about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, find out how to create Super Mario World with only 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.
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Tweet of the Week
With all the snow in the United States and Great Britain this week, we’re all wondering how this could be the first week of spring.
They say it’s spring
— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) March 21, 2018
- Your Team Needs to Make User Experience a Habit:
By making user research a regularly scheduled event, it holds everyone accountable to your users. Tristan Harward explains why Appcues now has a monthly User Testing Day that brings everyone on the product team together.
- FlowMapp: Have you used FlowMapp? It’s an online tool that allows you to collect, organize, and store requirements for creating a website, using an interactive sitemap.
- Paying down your product content debt: To pay down a product’s content debt, pick a few pain points, says Monty Majeed.
Content strategists don’t always have the luxury of starting afresh and changing every aspect of the product’s content.
- Card Sorting: Uncover Users’ Mental Models for Better Information Architecture: One of the methods to figure out how to organize a website is card sorting, where participants group labels on cards based on what makes sense to them. Learn what it’s all about and how you can conduct a card sort (one of my favorite methods!).
- Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners #2: Help inform the accessibility community with your answers to WebAIM‘s second survey of web accessibility practitioners.
- Always great to hear about a captioning success story!
Watching the @Ubisoft sponsored panel on game accessibilty at #GDC2018 . It only took Ubi 8.5 man days to implement award winning subtitles. "For a game like Assassin's Creed, 8.5 man days is nothing." #a11y pic.twitter.com/4k1BTDfUCi
— Brannon Zahand (@BrannonZ) March 22, 2018
- What’s new in WCAG 2.1: Learn what’s new in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 in a free AbilityNet webinar on March 27, 2018.
- Accessibility Meetup Organizer Survey: Find out the results of my friend Dennis Deacon’s recent survey of accessibility organizers to learn how accessibility meetups manage, organize, and promote their events. I published a post highlighting the key takeaways.
- WordPress 4.9.5 Beta: Can you help? The WordPress development team could use more people testing the next maintenance version of WordPress. It’s scheduled for release on April 3, 2018.
- Noteworthy Changes Coming in WordPress 4.9.5: In addition to maintenance fixes in the upcoming WordPress 4.9.5 release, you’ll find a few other changes, including an increase in the recommended PHP version.
- GDPR: How it Affects WordPress Site Owners and Developers: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in just over two months. If your website is accessed by people in Europe, you are affected and need to take action. This post provides guidelines on what you need to be aware of.
- “Try Out Gutenberg” Call-out will be in 4.9.5. release: In the upcoming WordPress 4.9.5 release, you’ll find a new Dashboard box encouraging you to give the new Gutenberg editor a try. Personally, I hope the message includes a warning to try it out on a test site, not a production site.
CSS and HTML
- CSS Grid in Production: Rachel Andrew could use your help for an article she’s writing. If you’re using CSS Grid on a production site, fill out her 14-question form.
- Super Mario World made only with CSS gradients – no JS, no embedded images/data URIs, no external images and using a micro HTML =): Love this! It took Alcides Queiroz about eight hours to create Super Mario World with only CSS. Great job!
- Check out the replies to Jen Simmons’ tweet about code-in-the-browser demo sites. Personally, I use CodePen. But there’s a boatload of others.
What other such code-in-the-browser demo sites do people use? Are there any that allow for a way to see the demo by itself on the page for free?
Which do you like best?
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) March 22, 2018
- Compressive Images Revisited: Have to admit, I haven’t heard of compressive images. It’s a technique used to resize a JPG image to be larger than size you want it, compress it to a low-quality setting, which when the browser displays it, looks great. Sounds like it shouldn’t work, right?
What I Found Interesting
- 6 Chromebook Annoyances You Should Fix Right Now: I love my Chromebook, I’ve owned two so far. But the latest Chrome OS version auto-hides the scrollbar. Who does that to users? Thanks to this Make Use Of post, I know how to bring the scrollbar back.
- Good tips! Local meetup organizers are always looking for speakers.
My top 4 tips for getting started with speaking:
👶 Start small: do talks in your company or at a local meetup
👌 Keep it simple: focus on one topic with clear examples
❤️ Use your passion: talk about topics that excite you
👩💻 Prepare: rehearse a lot & refine your slides
— John Sundell (@johnsundell) March 21, 2018
- Instagram lets users decide when to refresh their feed: While Instagram isn’t providing a chronological feed (why, oh why did they remove it?), their latest release gives you the option to view new posts.
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