Welcome to the weekly roundup of web design and development resources. Each Friday I publish a roundup of some of the best resources I’ve discovered in the past week from Twitter and from the blogs I read.
Much of the technology news this week focused on the United States Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote on Net Neutrality. You’ll find an InfoWorld article highlighting the five key takeways from the FCC vote in today’s post.
In this week’s roundup, you’ll also find out about keys to mobile usability success, learn more about web accessibility by experiencing it yourself, discover why you shouldn’t wait on responsive images, and more.
This week’s photo is of a Barn Swallow I saw when I was birdwatching during spring migration at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The bird had no fear of humans and was perched five feet from the entrance of the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center building.
Love this — “Excellence does not mean being THE best, but being YOUR best. Understanding that distinction makes all the difference."
— Paul Boag (@boagworld) May 14, 2014
- Navigating the Mobile Jungle: Toby Biddle takes a quantitative look at mobile usability, sharing several case studies and highlighting keys to mobile usability success. The A/B test for Military.com showed impressive increases in conversions.
- 5 great new features in Axure 7: The release of Axure 7 brought some exciting new features for creating prototypes without coding, including assigning keyboard shortcuts to your prototypes, Dynamic Panels fit to content option, repeater widgets and adapter views.
— joe sokohl (@mojoguzzi) May 14, 2014
- eBook: A Complete Guide to User Testing Your Next Project: According to Forrester, 97 percent of websites fail at UX. Learn how you can improve user experience with free UserTesting.com eBook. I’ve downloaded the eBook. It has a lot of great information for user testing beginners as well as tips veterans will appreciate.
- Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 15: The University of Minnesota Duluth has compiled an extensive list of over 30 ways you can learn more about web accessibility. Great videos and demos of how people use and learn using assistive technology.
- The Drupal Accessibility Advantage: At this week’s Inclusive Design 24 online event, Mike Gifford spoke about the accessibility advantages Drupal has since it’s incorporated accessibility into its core foundation.
— Barrierbreak (@Barrierbreak) May 13, 2014
- Tanaguru Contrast-Finder: If you’re tired of going to another site to test web accessibility color contrast, you can now test it in your Firefox browser using the Tanaguru Contrast Finder Add-On.
- Web Accessibility Toolkit: Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, the Web Accessibility Toolkit focuses on helping research libraries achieve their goals of digital accessibility. Worth bookmarking. Standards and best practices, how to foster an inclusive institution, resources, and a community of practice are provided in the toolkit.
- WordPress Accessibility Plug-in: Who needs it?: Joe Dolson points out that almost all the features in his WordPress Accessibility plugin could be implemented in a theme, but it’s not likely any theme has them all. Joe explains what each feature offers and why you need it.
- Mailbag: I want to make WordPress.com: No you don’t, answers Mika Epstein as she explains what you would be taking on, as well as concerns over security and support.
- The accessibility-ready Tag Should Be Required for All WordPress Themes: Accessibility isn’t an option, argues Morten Rand-Hendriksen as he discusses how WordPress can’t move forward without requiring themes to be accessible. A startling fact: of the 2,513 themes currently listed on WordPress.org, only 0.5 percent are tagged accessibility-ready.
- Update to TwentyTwelve & Child Theme: Accessible Submenu: Cynthia Ng has updated her Accessible Twenty Twelve Theme to display accessible submenus.
- Don’t Wait on Responsive Images: While there may be many web designers and developers waiting for a server-side solution for managing responsive images, Tim Kadlec says there’s no ideal solution currently and to stop waiting. Use the responsive image tools we have today to create better experiences for people visiting your sites.
- Can Email Be Responsive?: Did you know over 50 percent of email is opened on mobile devices? And to answer the question, yes, email can be responsive. Check the comments for more discussion and resources.
- Team Collaboration And Closing Efficiency Gaps In Responsive Design: Responsive design brings with it a change in your process, with a focus on collaboration, rather than working in silos. The key takeaway for me in Brian Krall’s post is
Think “Teamwork” Instead Of “Assembly Line”
CSS and HTML
- Good-Looking Shapes Gallery: You don’t want to miss this collection from Adobe’s Web Platform Team of the best CSS Shapes demos. My personal favorite is the bowl of oatmeal.
- A Sass Mixin for CSS Triangles: You’ve probably used the trick of transparent and solid borders to create a triangle shape. Like Hugo Giraudel who wrote this article, I can can never remember the order for the code. In this post, Hugo shares his Sass mixin for creating CSS triangles/arrows.
- 3 Quick Tips for Less Repetition in Stylesheets: In this Treehouse post, Chris Michel shares three techniques you can use in Sass to decrease repetition in stylesheets.
What I Found Interesting
- What the FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Really Means: This week’s Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote to move forward on the Net Neutrality proposal garnered a lot of attention and discussion in blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. InfoWorld’s article summarizes what the vote means in five quick takeaways.
- Meeting Recap Template: Good Information, Fast: If you’re taking notes for a meeting, this meeting summary template from Keeping Junk Managed will make your job a lot easier. The template includes all key items for recaps: subject, attendees, action date, request, initial action determined, support info/discussion, and action.
- You Can Text 911 In an Emergency Starting Today: Starting today, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers can now text 911 in an emergency. Include your emergency and physical location when you text 911. Sidenote: check the coverage listing; only nine U.S. states offer the service as of May 9, 2014.