In this week’s roundup, you’ll find a list of user experience resources for beginners, learn why accessibility is a process, discover what new features are included in the latest Jetpack 3.9 release, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite resources I’ve read in the past week about user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML.
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Tweet of the Week
Constantly reminding myself that design is a means of solving a problem not the solution itself. #ux
— matthew (@ux_etiquette) January 22, 2016
- By turning medical scans into adventures, GE eases children’s fears: Imagine you’re a child being fed into a large machine, and being told you can’t move for 10 minutes or longer. I’m not sure an adult can do that. What a terrifying experience! GE Healthcare designers recognized the issue, and came up with the idea of the Adventure Series to keep children engaged and entertained.
- UX Resources for Beginners: Thanks to Jessica Ivins for compiling this list of articles, podcasts, videos, books, and online courses for beginners new to UX design.
Usability testing is proof that humans do not possess mental telepathy.
— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) January 21, 2016
- Make Design Decisions with a Purpose: Use user experience research to make design decisions with a purpose and stay focused on the end user.
- Using Automated Testing Tools to Empower Your User Research: Sponsored by UserZoom and UXPA, the Jan 25, 2016 webinar will provide tips for when to use moderated vs. unmoderated testing as well as best practices for recruitment, screening, and online panels.
- Accessibility is a Process, Not a Project: I think one of the hardest things for web professionals to understand is that accessibility is part of the process.
Keeping accessibility within the testing phase traps it as a project problem.
- How to use the Button Element to improve Accessibility: I love how Rachel describes when to use a button and when to use a link: buttons are for actions, links are for destinations.
- Google Accessibility: Want to learn about the accessibility of Google Docs? Or what screen readers work with Gmail? Check out the Google Accessibility page.
- Testing: Screen reader testing isn’t a form of browser testing, says Jeremy Keith. Think of it as usability testing. If you want to ensure your site works with screen readers, ask someone who uses a screen reader daily (and someone not involved in the design) to test it.
- WordPress Testimonials: Share Your Story: Share what you love about WordPress in a blog post, share the link on Twitter with the #ilovewp hashtag, and your tweet may be featured on the WordPress testimonials page!
- Jetpack 3.9 Introduces New Sitemaps Module: This week’s release of Jetpack 3.9 includes the new Sitemaps module, which automatically creates a generic sitemap as well as a news sitemap (for sites that meet Google’s guidelines for news sites). In addition, Jetpack 3.9 includes a new Skype sharing button and a Social Menu feature.
- How to Create and Customize a WordPress Child Theme: Nick Schäferhoff explains the advantages of child themes, when to use them, how to set up a child theme with clear explanations of terms used in the style sheet header, what to include in functions.php, working with template files, and more.
- Our Next WordPress Game Changer is Coming: Announced this week by iThemes, Stash Live is a new real-time backup feature that makes automated daily backups in iThemes BackupBuddy plugin.
CSS and HTML
- HTML Tidy: It’s back! I remember using HTML Tidy years ago to clean up my HTML markup errors, long before the outbreak of all the various frameworks. One of my favorites tools!
- The woes of date input: Reading Ian Devlin’s post opened my eyes to all the different attributes the HTML5 date input type has. Which is impressive, until Devlin points out the lack of browser support for attributes and issues with datepickers for desktop browsers.
- CSS Specificity is Base-Infinite: Do you get confused with CSS specificity? A better way to understand (and write) CSS is to separate it with commas; a number in the higher column will outrank any number below it.
— Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) January 20, 2016
- Showing the alternative text while images are loading: Did you know Firefox is the only browser that displays alternative text while images are loading?
What I Found Interesting
- Don’t Tell Me What My Browser Can’t Do:
If you’re creating sites or apps that tell users they can’t access content because their browser doesn’t support a certain technology, you’re doing things wrong, says Christian Heilmann.
- Google’s new algorithm will make Chrome run much faster: Coming soon to a Chrome browser near you, the new Brotli compression algorithm claims to compress data up to 26 percent faster than the current compression engine. Personally, I can’t wait to see how must faster Chrome will run.
- 4 Free Tools for Taking Screenshots: I wanted a screen capture tool that was free, browser-based, worked across multiple operating systems, and had annotation options. Here’s what I found.
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