In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about 10 essentials for measuring usability, find out about a new online color contrast tool, discover why you want to use some of the “newer” CSS properties in your layouts, and more.
Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources I’ve read in the past week about user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
Don't talk about the value of process. Talk about the value of design for business.
— Patrick Neeman (@usabilitycounts) March 10, 2016
- Our courageous and determined role models: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Luke Chambers of UX Mastery showcases almost two dozen women UX heroes around the world, as well as over a dozen inspiring women role models.
— dustin scherer (@DustinScherer) March 10, 2016
- Final Fantasy’s Guide to Onboarding: In his UX Booth post, Tom Maguire describes his experience using the 1990’s Final Fantasy game recently released for the iPad, and looks at it through a different lens: the UX perspective.
Giving the user the opportunity to take actions immediately increases the likelihood of him or her remembering how to do those actions in the future.
- 10 Essentials Of Measuring Usability: Whether you’re measuring usability on mobile apps, desktop, software or prototypes, keep these 10 core concepts in mind, says Jeff Sauro of Measuring U.
- A11y Color Palette: Thanks to Matt Long for creating this free online color contrast tool. Create your own palette, or test it out with the sample background and foreground colors.
- Microsoft Announces Accessibility Feedback Survey: Microsoft wants to hear from you! They’ve posted an online survey to gather feedback about accessibility in their products. Suggest a feature or how to improve a product or share a story on how Microsoft products have helped someone.
— dustin scherer (@DustinScherer) March 9, 2016
- When the cloud complicates 508 compliance: As companies and organizations move systems and platforms to the cloud, accessibility for employees may be compromised.
- WordPress 4.5 Beta 3: The latest beta version of the upcoming WordPress 4.3 release is out, with theme logo support fixes, responsive preview, and new installs defaulting to generating secret keys and salts locally. Can you help test?
- Takeaways from WordCamp Lancaster 2016: You’ll learn about conducting your first usability test, managing domain name servers (DNS), and more in my recap of last weekend’s WordCamp Lancaster conference.
- Jetpack Turns 5 and Celebrates With a New Domain: For the fifth anniversary of Jetpack‘s release, Jeff Chandler of WP Taverninterviews Jesse Friedman, experience advocate at Automattic. I’m a fan of Jetpack, it’s easier to work with one plugin than dozens of plugins for the functionality I want on this site.
- White Screen of Death, Internal Server Error, Syntax Error and Other WordPress Nightmares You Should Know How to Handle: Do you know what to do when confronted with the white screen of death on your WordPress site? Or you see the “error establishing database connection” message? Matteo Duò walks your through the steps of fixing ten of the most common WordPress issues.
CSS and HTML
"People think that SVG isn't very well supported." It's actually available on every browser. #FluentConf
— Jocelyn Badgley ⚧ (@TwippedTech) March 10, 2016
- EnhanceConf: Progressing Our Layouts [30-minute video]: In her talk at last week’s Enhance Conf in London, Jen Simmons encouraged designers and developers to break out of tried-and-true page layouts and start using more “recently released” CSS properties. I loved her examples of CSS shapes, flexbox, and @supports (feature queries).
- Cleaning Up a CSS Codebase: Remember that time you had to clean up CSS after the developer left? Frustrating, wasn’t it? Hugo Giraudel recommends you start by linting the code, and explains other tips to help you take control and streamline your code.
What I Found Interesting
- Vivaldi Salutes Molly E. Holzschlag: How lovely! In honor of Women’s Day 216, the folks at Vivaldi browser salute my friend Molly Holzschlag and her work to make the Web open. What a wonderful honor! Hard to believe it’s been three years since Molly spoke at Refresh Detroit.
The sign of a true geek is that we love hearing detailed discussions of even technical details we don't completely understand.
— Whitney Quesenbery (@whitneyq) March 8, 2016
- The Rise of Work Chat Anti-Hype: In the past couple weeks, there’s been a lot of discussion about group messaging apps, like Slack, for work chat. I liked Stowe Boyd’s post because he discussed how work chat might work best, detailing team size, dynamics, and other communication methods within the same team.
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