In this week’s roundup, you’ll hear about the surprising news from Adaptive Path, how Firefox OS ranks in terms of accessibility, get not one but two helpful tutorials on responsive images, find out if your CSS is causing performance issues, and more.
For those people new to my blog, each week I gather some of my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML and responsive design and compile it in a weekly resource post. Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!
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This week’s photo is from Tahquamenon State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I spent last weekend. It was a perfect fall day with cool temperatures, blue skies, and gorgeous fall colors.
The UX designers' world: Who is the user? What is their desired end-state? What is motivating them to get there?
— Alan Cooper (@MrAlanCooper) October 3, 2014
- Where We’re Going Next: The UX community was rocked this week when Jesse James Garrett announced that user experience consulting company Adaptive Path was acquired by Capital One Bank. Interesting to hear the company will still be known at Adaptive Path and won’t leave their physical location.
- Writing for Global Audiences: To make your content ready for translation to other languages, focus on what the reader needs by eliminating unnecessary words, avoiding idioms, and regional metaphors.
— (((Amy Vernon))) (@AmyVernon) October 2, 2014
- How to Make Sense of all the UX Industry Jargon: Face it. We get caught up in our industry’s language and forget others don’t understand the terms we use in our conversations. The UX Companion application aims to solve that with a handy glossary of UX terms and theory. I wish it wasn’t exclusive to iOS users.
- October 2014 User Experience and Web Professional Events: If you’re looking for southeast Michigan user experience and web professionals events to attend, check out my curated monthly roundup.
- Is Firefox OS Accessible Yet?: Cool interactive site showing how Firefox OS features rank on a scale of one to 10 in terms of accessibility. Select the feature for more details on accessibility, high priority issues, and to submit a bug.
Exchange time you would use to fix a site for IE6 for making your site more accessible. You will open your site up to bigger audience. #a11y
— The Internet’s Christopher Schmitt (@teleject) September 29, 2014
- Portland Community College Launches Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators: The five-week Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators course for online teachers launches October 20 with a focus on improving accessibility for content in online classes.
- Contributing Back to WordPress: Jeff Chandler of WPTavern explores the different ways you can contribute to WordPress.
- Options For Displaying Google Maps On Your WordPress Website Using Plugins: Beyond embedding Google maps on your site, you can include maps on your website with Yoast’s Local SEO, Store Locator Plus, and Event Calendar plugins.
— CarolStambaugh 😍#wcphx😍 (@carolstambaugh) October 2, 2014
- The Making of a WordCamp: the Venue: In the first post of her The Making of a WordCamp series focusing on the process of organizing WordCamp London, Siobhan McKeown discusses what to look for in a venue, how to find a free venue, and shares tips for your search.
- Responsive Images: If you’re just changing resolutions, use srcset.: If you’re only changing resolutions, let the browser do the work of figuring out which image to display, says Chris Coyier. This post walks you through the syntax of using
- Making Images Responsive: Virginia DeBolt also takes a look at responsive images, with this tutorial on using
picture. Check out her resource list to learn more about responsive images, browser support, and use cases.
- Here is the biggest challenge to Modi’s digital India vision: Out of seven billion people in the world, four billion have no Internet access. India accounts for 25% of them.
- Gridset Responsive Survey 2014: Back for its third year, the Gridset Responsive Survey wants to hear about your challenges, tools, and trends in responsive design. The survey closes November 1.
CSS and HTML
- HTTP 203: CSS Triggers: of Google developers Paul Lewis and Jake Archibald discuss how to discover if the CSS you’re using will cause performance problems.
- Our Indiana Jones experience—about From the Front and the Temple of DOM conference: Anna Migas published an excellent recap of the last month’s From the Front and the Temple of DOM conference in Bologna, Italy.
- Why is Viewport in a Meta Tag?: Did you know viewport is the only element in the head that is backward compatible? I didn’t. Nor did I know Apple invented the viewport meta tag. Fascinating conversation in the comments about usage, browser support, performance, and accessibility issues.
What I Found Interesting
- How to land sponsors for your event, blog, conference and more: If you’re an event organizer, bookmark this useful seven-step guide from Jason SurfrApp. Key to finding sponsors and making them happy: create a concise value proposition.
- How To Create a Web Design Style Guide: Creating a web style guide ensures future updates to the site will follow brand guidelines and stay consistent, says Tomas Laurinavicius. Find out what a style guide is, why you need one, what to include, and view guides from Spotify, Kickstarter, and Lonely Planet.
- Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box: Want to improve the Internet Explorer developer experience? Vote on the features you’d like to see supported.