In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn why you might want to use diary studies, find out how Amazon is promoting accessibility in their new video platform, discover why you don’t want to use the
all CSS property, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite posts I’ve read in the past week about user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML.
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Tweet of the Week
— Erik Wesslen (@erikwesslen) May 18, 2016
- What is a diary study? How and why do you want to use one? Jodie Moule explains the ins-and-outs of using a diary study to extend your user experience research in this short three-minute video, with accompanying post.
- By designing by sitting side-by-side with engineers, you can identify opportunities to improve your design, says Brendan Fagan, product designer at Intercom. There’s no handoff in product design, rather
a product designer should be responsible for sharing designs early and often with engineers.
— Nick Finck (@nickf) May 18, 2016
- While designers are used to having the latest technology, with the fastest machine and quickest connection, your users are more than likely using technology that’s one, two, or even five years old. My friend Luke Pettway has five tips for helping you create designs with users in mind.
- The fifth anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day brought all kinds of in-person and online events around the world to raise awareness of digital accessibility (including our Detroit event).
One of the best online events was Inclusive Design 24, a 24-hour series of one-hour webinars. Here’s one of my favorites, the webinar Marco Zehe presented on web accessibility basics:
- Luis Perez has created a nice infographic of the 5 accessibility features every user should know about iOS.
- And there was rejoicing in the accessibility community! Amazon announced this week that their new video platform requires closed captions. In order to attract professional video creators, anyone submitting videos to the new Amazon Video Direct platform will need to ensure their videos are closed captioned and high definition.
— Dean Birkett (@deanbirkett) May 19, 2016
- How do you design a site for people living with dementia? What do you need to consider? In this case study, Laurence Ivil & Paul Myles from On Our Radar, discuss the Dementia Diaries project, highlighting how they created an inclusive, engaging design, included people with dementia in the design process, and sharing lessons learned.
- It’s a common problem on WordPress sites, and one that frustrates many website owners and developers: how do you keep your outgoing mail from being marked as spam? John Pratt explains how you can use a plugin to fix WordPress email marked as spam.
- Keeping your WordPress site update with the latest version is critical to ensuring site security. But hackers can still find vulnerabilities in your site. Here’s seven free online tools to help you scan your site for vulnerabilities, including malware, blacklisting, and spam.
- Need a readme file for your WordPress plugin? Create a custom readme.txt with this online tool from GenerateWP.
- Congrats to Helen Hou-Sandi for taking on the lead role for WordPress 4.7 development. Hou-Sandi previously lead the development for the WordPress 4.0 release in 2014.
CSS and HTML
- Do you find it hard to understand the syntax the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) uses to define values for CSS? Russ Weakley walks you through how to understand the CSS property value syntax, explaining the symbols, component value combinators, and component value multipliers, so you can write CSS property values correctly.
- Planning to attend CSS Dev Conf this October in Austin, Texas? Then vote on your choices for CSS Dev Conf sessions. The community decides which sessions will be presented, based on their votes.
- Thanks to Ian Devlin, for updating his post on the current status of HTML5 video captions with info for Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Vivaldi. Also, Devlin has added information for the new Microsoft Edge and Brave browsers.
- Anyone looked into using the
allCSS property? I just discovered it in Jonathan Snook’s All or Nothing post. It allows you to reset all the properties on a specific element to a blank slate or inherit all the properties from the parent. Sound useful? Not so much, based on Snook’s findings.
What I Found Interesting
- Netflix now has their own Internet speed testing tool, with no ads, yay! You’ll quickly notice it doesn’t have a lot of features, and only measures download speed.
- This week marked the annual Google I/O event, where Google announces updates and news additions to their products and services. This year’s Google I/O announcements didn’t disappoint; here’s everything Google announced at Google I/O.
I’m intrigued by Duo, a video calling app, which is encrypted end-to-end, and supposedly will work well on slow and unreliable Interent connections.
School tests do not measure:
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) May 14, 2016
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