In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn tips for improving mobile checkout, get an overview of the Section 508 Refresh, find out how to rollback to a previous version of a WordPress theme or plugin, and more.
Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML I’ve read in the past week.
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Today’s photo is from Frederik Meijer Gardens, where I spent Mother’s Day last Sunday. I almost missed this purple flower hanging on the inside archway in the Victorian Garden.
Tweet of the Week
2010: The Web sucks because you can't use custom fonts.
2015: The Web sucks because you have to wait for custom fonts.
— Dave Rupert (@davatron5000) May 14, 2015
- Mobile Checkout: What Works and What Doesn’t?: No surprise: users want checkout processes that are quick and easy to use.
- Practicing Empathy With Teams: Practice empathy with your team members; it makes working together easier & more fun.
— Stockard Simon (@SimonSaysDesign) May 15, 2015
- Don’t Prioritize Efficiency Over Expectations: Don’t leave users in the dark. Help users to learn new patterns and ensure users feel they have control over the interface.
- Google Releases Two New Chrome Accessibility Extensions: The Color Enhancer extension helps people with color blindness more easily distinguish between the shades of colors on web pages. The Animation Policy extension allows you to manage animations, letting them run once or stopping them completely.
If you don't realize it yet, Accessibility isn't about "us and them" …Accessibility will impact YOU, if not now, then someday. #AccessU
— Robin Mangum (@birdbath21) May 12, 2015
- Understanding the Proposed Section 508 Refresh – Overview: If you’re confused about the proposed Section 508 Refresh, check out this overview of the proposal updates, the government agencies involved, and the estimated timeline for the effective date of the Section 508 Refresh.
- Software Accessibility Suit: This week the United States Department of Justice has moved to intervene in a blind student’s lawsuit against Miami University. The suit claims the university website and licensed vendor software used for classes are inaccessible to students with disabilities.
…advocates for students with disabilities said they continue to wonder how many examples are needed before it becomes a high-priority issue in higher education.
- 2015 Hosting Survey Results: The results of Event Espresso’s web hosting survey of their community gives high marks to WP Engine and Siteground for features and support.
- 5 Takeaways from Creating Themes with Underscores: My notes from Konstantin Obenland’s WPSessions online session about the Underscores starter theme.
- WP Rollback Provides Basic Versioning for WordPress.org Plugins and Themes: If you’ve ever been in a situation where you simply want to rollback to a previous version of a plugin or theme, you’ll want to install the WP Rollback plugin.
- WordPress Shouldn’t be Learned in Isolation: In her HeroPress post, Julie Kuehl shares her journey for learning WordPress, the struggles of learning on her own, and the supportive WordPress community who have encouraged her and helped her along the way.
- Danish municipalities embrace responsive design faster than top-100 companies: In a recent study of 98 Danish municipalities and 98 largest Danish corporations, more than 50 percent of Danish municipalities offer responsive websites compared to one out of three of the Danish corporation websites.
— Responsive Design (@RWD) May 11, 2015
- Why Mobile First May Already be Outdated: Paul Adams argues what matters is screens, not devices. A mobile screen is not all that matters; you need to consider the large primary screens people use throughout the work day.
- Free Responsive Images Course: Learn how to work with responsive images in this free Udacity twelve-hour four-lesson video course taught by Sam Dutton, developer advocate at Google and Cameron Pittman, programming course instructor at Udacity.
CSS and HTML
- 20 Creative Examples of 404 Error Pages to Inspire You: I’m always on the lookout for interesting 404 pages, and this post doesn’t disappoint. My favorite is the 404 page from Fastcentrik.
— zeldman (@zeldman) May 13, 2015
- Study: What Errors Do Beginners Make Learning HTML and CSS?: Interesting discussion of a two-year-old study of the errors beginners make when learning HTML and CSS. One result from the study: the majority of errors are skill-based as opposed to rule-based or knowledge-based erros.
- The At-Rules of CSS: Geoff Graham explains the basics of CSS at-rules, including regular rules and nested rules. Most people are familiar with
@media, but have you used
@pagefor any of your projects?
What I Found Interesting
- The Tech Conference Proposal Guide from JSConf Budapest: Good tips for anyone anyone submitting a proposal to speak at a conference. I liked the comment about finding out who the audience is for the conference. But I’ve been disappointed in the past couple years to discover many conference organizers don’t compile that information.
- Why I’m breaking up with Google Chrome: When Chrome was released in 2008, it’s speed made it an instant hit for many people frustrated with the slowness of Firefox and Internet Explorer. Seven years later, Chrome has become a memory hog. Which is why Owen Williams is leaving Chrome behind.
- Is Technology Making People Less Sociable?: Are we spending too much time chatting with people we barely know on social media instead of cultivating real-life relationships?