In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn about ten threats to the quality of online research, find out how StoryCorps uses WordPress to enable storytelling, learn about the features in Project Spartan, and more.
Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and responsive design I’ve read in the past week.
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Today’s photo was taken while I was in Orlando, Florida this week, enjoying a mini-vacation. It was great to go birdwatching and enjoy the warm weather. I’m glad to be back home to spend time with my family celebrating the Easter holiday.
Tweet of the Week
— Caroline Jarrett (@cjforms) April 1, 2015
- Ten Threats to the Quality of Online Research: As you discover more tools to collect data for user research, Jeff Sauro recommends you look out for threats that affect the quality of responses and your findings.
— Gloria Antonelli (@GloriaAntonelli) April 1, 2015
- Sneak Peek: Content Strategy for UX Designers: Get a sneak peek at the upcoming content strategy for UX designers guide from GatherContentwith this free chapter.
- Enterprise UX 2015: Hosted by Rosenfeld Media, the Enterprise UX 2015 conference will be held May 13 to 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is intended for mid- and senior-level UX practitioners and team leaders as well as product managers, engineers, developers, and marketers.
- Could you really be a UX designer?: Paul Boag points out the collaboration needed to create outstanding user experiences for websites and mobile applications.
- New Accessibility Dev Center Provides Documentation About Creating Accessible Software: Re-launched this month, Microsoft’s Accessibility Developer Hub has all kinds of resources for building accessible software across Microsoft platforms and products. You’ll find documentation, free ebook, videos, sample code, and forums to chat with other developers.
— Celine Takatsuno (@zceline) April 2, 2015
- Accessibility Wins: Congrats to Marcy Sutton on the launch of Accessibility Wins, a Tumblr blog showcasing accessible interface examples. Wonderful to see a site that focuses on the positive!
- Accessibility Wins Launches: Share Your Accessible User Interfaces: My writeup of Marcy’s Accessibility Wins site encourages the web community to get involved and submit good examples of accessible interfaces.
- Team Accessibility at WordCamp London 2015 Contributor Day: I loved this post from Rich Senior as he shares his experience working on WordPress accessibility during WordCamp London’s Contributor Day. Personal, inspiring, and filled with a boatload of accessibility resources.
- 5 Best WordPress Appointment and Booking Plugins: Booking your customers directly on your WordPress site is a key requirement for many small businesses and consulting firms. BirchPress looks like it fits my needs.
It doesn't happen often, but I really like getting excited about a WordPress feature and its possibilities aka PressThis
— Jeff (@jeffr0) April 3, 2015
- How StoryCorps uses WordPress to enable storytelling everywhere: Interesting background story about the StoryCorps.me website and apps (announced last month at TED) and the technology partners that worked with the StoryCorps team.
The StoryCorps app utilizes the API to consume data and publish stories from the app back to the website.
- WordCamp San Diego 2015–Vetting Plugins: At last weekend’s WordCamp San Diego 2015, my friend Chris Wiegman spoke about plugins: what they’re used for, how to choose plugins, troubleshooting, and shared his recommendations for plugins.
- What you want, when you want it: ESPN launches their new responsive site with a design that focuses on personalization, video, and real-time conversations. Amazing to learn that out of 94 million users in January 2015, 61 percent accessed the ESPN website with a mobile device.
— zeldman (@zeldman) April 1, 2015
- Responsive Images: Learn how to integrate responsive images into your website creation workflow in this free two-week course from Udacity.
- Q4 2014 With Mobile Delivering 20% Of Email Generated Revenue [Report]: Not surprised. According to YesMail’s Email Marketing Compass benchmark report, mobile email conversion rates increased 70 percent between fourth-quarter 2013 and fourth-quarter 2014. The desktop conversion rate dropped over four percent for the same period.
CSS and HTML
- HTML Special Symbols: I’m always looking for a good resource reference for HTML codes and Sabina Nore’s HTML special symbol cheatsheet doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find over 100 HTML codes for symbols such as a four-balloon asterisk (✣), a white star shadowed (✰), as well as the HTML code for copyright, musical notes, and currency. Check out the chess symbols.
Style guides should describe rationale, not rules.
— Dan Mall (@danmall) April 3, 2015
- With a spoonful of flexbox.: Front-end web developer Charlotte Jackson walks through how she added Flexbox to her site and along the way explains how Flexbox works.
- Let Links be Links: Single-page web app frameworks are very popular now, but it’s critical to remember to use semantic structure and progressive enhancement, says Ross Penman in his A List Apart post.
- A closer look at Project Spartan, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer killer: Tom Warren and Jacob Kastrenakes take a closer look at Project Spartan, the successor to Internet Explorer. Key new features: minimalist look, sliding sidebar, and built-in Cortana (digital assistant). I’m looking forward to trying out Spartan’s inking and annotation feature.
What I Found Interesting
- Microsoft Launches MS-DOS Mobile: There were a lot of fun, heck, great April Fool’s jokes this week. Microsoft’s joke was one of my favorites, with their announcement of MS-DOS Mobile. Yes, I remember using MS-DOS. Do you?
- Celebrating the Partial Successes: As you work toward completing a goal, it can be hard to remember to celebrate our small victories along the way, says Kitt Hodsden.
Yet, how many times do we pause on that journey and look around, see how far we have come along that path?
- Flickr Announces the Ability to Choose Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 License Designations: If you’re a Flickr user, you can now tag your photos as Public Domain or Creative Commons 0 (CC0). I hope Flickr updates their search filters soon so you can easily find Public Domain and CC0 images.