In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn why soft skills are critical in your user experience consulting, find out when Section 508 final action is scheduled, discover why you should stop using icon fonts in your web designs, and more.
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This week’s photo is the Rainbow Fish balloon from yesterday’s America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit where I joined thousands of other families watching the beautiful floats, high school marching bands, clowns, and helium-filled balloons in one of America’s oldest holiday parades.
Tweet of the Week
Love following the #OptOutside hashtag. Great pics of people opting to be outdoors w/ friends/family, rather than in line to buy stuff.
— jan_lynn (@jan_lynn) November 27, 2015
- The Softer Side of UX: Hard skills can land a client, but soft skills are critical in your user experience consulting.
It is my soft skills that have enabled me to develop into a trusted advisor for my client—someone that people want to work with rather than their feeling like they’re forced to work with me.
- How We Redesigned Youthletic.com: As Youthletic moved forward with their focus on local organizations to a national level, their redesigned website needed a different focus on content. Two of their goals in the redesign: providing a better user experience and measuring quality over quantity.
— Intechnic (@intechnic) November 19, 2015
- Gerontechnology & UX for Elders, a HxD Vancouver Meetup Review: What we want are solutions to help people manage the problems they’re facing in every day life.
- Accessible UX in Government: In his slide presentation, Ross Mullen discusses how information technology policy drives the decisions for web application development in Australian government. And despite all good intentions for creating accessible web apps,
Regardless of the vendor statements, you will have accessibility problems.
- Justice Department Delays Web Accessibility Regulations For At Least Three More Years, Leaving Businesses in Turmoil: Businesses can’t seem to win. With the Department of Justice’s announcement they won’t make any decisions for public accommodations websites until fiscal year 2018, businesses are caught in a situation where they’re told to have accessible websites with no regulations in place to guide them.
It's just shocking how many folks in #contentstrategy have no idea what alt text is for, or how to make it part of good communication.
— Whitney Quesenbery (@whitneyq) November 24, 2015
- McLennan County, Texas Agrees to Website Accessibility: As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week, McLennan County will make its website accessible to people with disabilities. What surprised me about the agreement were the aggressive deadlines imposed by the DOJ.
- Information and Communication Technology Standards and Guidelines: It’s on the record. Section 508 final action is scheduled for October 2016.
- I Made a WordPress Plugin from Scratch: A Noob’s Diary of Success and Failure: Brenda Barron, known for her writing about WordPress, tries her hand at building her first WordPress plugin. After four days, she was happy how it turned out, but has a few things she’ll do differently next time.
I guess I feared it would be super complicated.
- Using child themes to customize your site: If you’re a web developer, this tutorial will help you understand what child themes are, why you should use them, with code examples on how to customize your site the right way.
- How to resize a picture to the correct size: Claire Brotherton explains what happens when you add a photo that’s not the recommended size for a featured image and how you can resize and crop photos.
- Clearing the air: Is WordPress being rewritten in Node.js and React?: Wes Bos explains what this week’s WordPress announcement means to you as a developer?
CSS and HTML
- Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts: It’s time to say no to icon fonts, says Tyler Sticka. From accessibility issues to not displaying correct, icon fonts are problematic. Sticka suggests
a better way,explaining how SVG provides betters support for reusability and accessibility.
- Frameworks: Thanks to A List Apart for offering an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Ethan Marcotte’s new book, Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles.
- CSS Cursor: See Different Pointer Types Live: Love this page! I’m always surprised to learn how many cursor properties there are. Use this page to learn how the cursor property you’re using displays in different browsers.
What I Found Interesting
- Thanksliving: Dave Cameron wrote one of my favorite Thanksgiving posts this week.
I am thankful for those who have fought for my country, for their country. Those who are smarter than me, stronger than me.
AADL is open today! Our doorbusters are totally free, because you've already paid! Returns are fast & easy, just use the hole in the wall…
— Ann Arbor District Library (@aadl) November 27, 2015
- Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ends on January 12, 2016: It’s finally happening. Microsoft is ending support for older versions of Internet Explorer next January. Only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will get support and updates
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