In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about a new tool to conduct remote usability testing, find out about the European Union’s commitment to web accessibility, discover how to create a simple accordion checkbox using only CSS, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.
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Tweet of the Week
— Erika Adkins (@EAdkinsatIBM) May 6, 2016
- Learn how UX researchers at Codal ensure business goals are always at the forefront of the design process as Codal’s technical researcher Yona Gidalevitz shares their approach for user research.
Big difference between "Your name is wrong" and "Please help us confirm your name" #hewebmi
— Kelly Sattler (@ksattler) May 5, 2016
- The new CanvasFlip tool allows you to conduct remote usability testing for desktop or mobile by sending your prototype link to your team members or clients to test. When they select the link, their entire journey is recorded. You can instantly observe how they use the prototype, analyze the conversion funnel, and heat map.
- Wonderful news for Europeans this week as the European Commission committed to web accessibility for European Union (EU) government websites and applications.
Tonight’s agreement is an important step towards a Digital Single Market, which is about removing barriers so that all Europeans can get the best from the digital world.
- I love how Debra Ruh’s Huffington Post article Accessible Internet, Communication, and Technology (ICT) – Bottom-line, Accessibility Benefits Everyone highlights that disabilities are a part of everyday life. Using inclusive, universal design is key to ensuring everyone has access to technology and communication.
— Ally Hwang (@allisonhwang) May 6, 2016
- Unfortunately, not all news was good this week in the United States for web accessibility. The Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for web accessibility, announced a delay in publishing their guidelines.
In it’s place, the DOJ is seeking public feedback for a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM), which contains 123 questions. Yes, that’s 123 questions you can comment on, all buried in one page.
- While the DOJ continues to delay releasing updated guidelines, businesses have taken note of the need to create accessible websites. The National Association of REALTORS released their video explaining the challenges businesses face due to lack of updated guidelines, recommending realtors take the step to hire an accessibility expert to review and update their sites.
- If you use Ninja Forms on your WordPress site, update now to the latest version, which patches several security vulnerabilities found in versions 2.9.36 to 2.9.42.
- Whether you’re an end user, designer, or developer, you can get your questions about accessibility answered in the WordPress Accessibility Forum which opened this week. The forum allows everyone to participate, feel free to ask questions, share your knowledge, and answer questions.
- Trying to decide between hosted web forms or plugins for your site? Geoff Graham has made your job easier with his review of over a dozen web form options, including online form services, plugins, and frameworks.
- With the release of the alpha version of WooCommerce Connect this week, Automattic has taken the first step toward making it easier for people to build online stores with WooCommerce.
The new Connect service plans to make it simpler to connect services. Instead of having to install WooCommerce extensions, users will add new features within the WooCommerce dashboard.
CSS and HTML
- In his CSS Grid Layout tutorial, Nitish Kumar explains the fundamentals of the grid system to you as you create a basic blog layout. Note: only Internet Explorer 10+ and Edge support Grid Layout; Chrome and Firefox support it when you enable flags.
— Yoda (@html5_yoda) May 4, 2016
- I didn’t realize how many pseudo-elements and pseudo-classes I didn’t know until I read Ricardo Zea’s ultimate guide to CSS pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements. Have you used
What I Found Interesting
- Tick tock. If you’ve been putting off updating to Windows 10, do it soon. Starting July 3, Microsoft will charge $119 for upgrades. When Microsoft released Windows 10 last summer, they said they would offer free upgrades for a year. And that time is up soon.
- A freelance composer had 122 GB of her music files deleted from her laptop, after subscribing to Apple Music. And that’s a feature of the program you agree to in their terms of service? Yikes!
- Your site is up and running, but could it be improved? With these five online tools to check the quality of your site, you’ll discover your site ranks in terms of speed performance, valid code, accessibility, connection speed, and display across multiple devices.
- I’ve been a fan of Google Slides for a couple years now and love how it works with no dependency on a specific operating system. This week Google made Slides even better, adding a Q & A feature (website, iOS, and Android) that allows people to ask questions during real-time presentations.
In addition, Google has added a ‘laser pointer’ feature, that simulates a laser pointer with a red dot on the screen.
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