In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to turn user videos into insights, discover the difference between captions and subtitles, find out how the new WordPress editor will impact enterprise sites, 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 projects!
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Tweet of the Week
I still find it odd that we have to labels designs that consider all user needs as ‘inclusive’ or ‘universal’
In my view, it’s just good design.
Bad design disables people, good design doesn’t.
Our job is too help people develop the skills to tell one from the other.
— Jamie Knight (@JamieKnight) March 6, 2018
- How to Turn User Videos into Insights: Make the most time out of your remote testing videos with this step-by-step process to capture insights.
- Avoiding Common Prototyping Mistakes: With all the new prototyping tools that have been announced recently, it’s not hard to understand that one of the most common mistakes is jumping into prototyping too soon.
- March 2018 User Experience and Web Professional Events: Find out what user experience and web professional events are happening in southeast Michigan with my March 2018 calendar.
- Finding Alignment: All The Feels: In issue 24 of the Adventures in UX Learning newsletter, User Interface Engineering explains the difference between a design artifact and a deliverable, what purpose they serve, and how they’re used.
- Accessibility for Developers: Excellent post from Irem Ercan (software developer at JotForm) on their approach for ensuring the three million JotForm forms served daily are accessible and usable by everyone.
Accessibility doesn’t need to be hard or time-consuming.
- Presentation: Accessible & Inclusive Web Design: Thanks to Amy Carney for sharing her slides from her Moms Can: Code presentation this week, helping to spreading awareness of web accessibility.
- Captions vs. Subtitles: Do You Know the Difference?: While many people use the terms interchangeably, there’s a difference between captions and subtitles.
- EPUB Accessibility: Here’s What You Might Be Missing: Take the steps to make sure your EPUB is accessible. First step: use EPUB 3, leave EPUB 2 in the dust.
- 11 Things to do Right Away After Launching a WordPress Site: Helpful tips for your WordPress site, but I would rename the post “11 Things to do Before You Launch a WordPress Site.”
- How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Enterprise?: One of the questions I hear often about the new WordPress editor: Will Gutenberg break your existing site?
No, but a solid upgrade plan with risk-mitigation assessment and thorough pre-deployment testing will be necessary.
- A Big Collection of Gutenberg Editor Resources for Developers and Casual Users Alike: Want to learn more about the new Gutenberg editor expected in the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release? Check out this collection of resources for users and developers.
- Share Your Favorite WordPress Tip or Plugin: You’re invited! Join our West Metro Detroit WordPress group on March 20 to pick up WordPress tips and learn about WordPress plugins for your site.
CSS and HTML
- Short note on what CSS display properties do to table semantics: Be mindful of what CSS display properties you add to table code, says Steve Faulkner. Some display properties remove code semantics for screen readers.
- Easy to follow and understand CSS doesn’t happen by accident.
If you are working on a codebase where the CSS is easy to work with, appreciate the person who put in all the time, hard work and effort to set it up to make it easy for you.
It doesn’t happen by accident.
— Mandy Michael (@Mandy_Kerr) March 8, 2018
- Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP: Personally, I’m not a fan of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project for various reasons, but mostly because it doesn’t follow web standards. Google’s announcement this week about how they chose to push AMP out and their plans for the future, makes me like it even less.
- Campaign.: In response to Google’s AMP announcement, Ethan Marcotte raises a number of questions about the standards proposed by Google, other browser vendors, and whether AMP content will be prioritized over non-AMP content. Good read.
What I Found Interesting
- Improve collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with Activity dashboard: Nice! The latest GSuite feature allows users with edit access to see who has viewed a file and when they viewed it.
- Empowering women-led businesses on the map and around the world: In honor of International Women’s Day, Google has enabled a new “women-led” attribute that women-led or women-founded companies can add to their Google My Business listing.
- A Comprehensive Website Planning Guide (Part 3): In the last post of his series, Ben Seigel discusses different web design approaches, style guides, and website launch.
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