Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 16, 2018

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to incorporate user research into each of your projects, discover a free livestream for this week’s WordCamp Miami, find out how to create user-friendly forms, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekIf we are lucky, we will become old and our bodies will change. We deserve dignity and access at every stage of our lives. When you make something accessible, you are doing it for you and your community. You’re investing in YOU @HabenGirma #SxSW2018— Knowbility (@knowbility) March 15, 2018User ExperienceFostering a Culture of User Research in Your Organization: When Viget realized they weren’t doing enough user research, they took deliberate steps to improve their process to become more research-oriented. Check out their five lessons learned.What are the differences in how age demographics search the internet?: Rebecca Sentance discusses some interesting results on how different groups of people search the web. With all the latest voice-controlled speakers, I expect a more current study would show different results for voice search usage across groups. The UX Testing Tool that was here all this time – for free: First time I’ve heard of the User Experience Questionnaire (UEQ). It’s a two-three minute survey to evaluate the user experience of a product. And you don’t have to do the analysis yourself.The most wonderful thing about the UEQ is that it comes with an Excel analysis tool.A 6-point microcopy checklist for product teams without UX writers: Imagine you have no user experience writer on your team. And no one on your team feels qualified to take on the task of writing the microcopy for your interface. This six-point checklist can help. AccessibilityA DIY Web Accessibility Blueprint: Beth Raduenzel walks you through the steps of creating and maintaining an accessible website.A Primer to Web Accessibility for Designers: Paying attention to typography, color contrast, and avoiding text as images will go far in creating more accessible designs. ARIA isn’t a magic pill. It doesn’t perform any functionality. ARIA is like a “vitamin.” It supplements the semantic meaning of an element.#webdev #a11y #accessibility #aria— Dennis Deacon (@deconspray) March 14, 2018I’m a Disabled Man, and Here’s What You’re Getting Wrong About Stephen Hawking’s Death: With Stephen Hawking’s death this week, many people have written about and commented about his disability. Andrew Gurza points out:He succeeded not in spite of his disability, but because of it.Comcast Launches New Accessible TV Features for 2018 Paralympics: For the first time ever, the 2018 Paralympic winter sport broadcast coverage will include video descriptions on NBC and NBCSN.WordPressWatch WordCamp Miami 2018 Via Free Livestream: Nice! WordCamp Miami 2018 is providing free livestream of their workshops today as well as tomorrow’s sessions. Jetpack Plugin: What Modules are Enabled by Default: When one of our Metro Detroit WordPress members asked me what modules were enabled by default when Jetpack was installed, I didn’t know the answer. But I found out.Stack Overflow Survey Respondents Still Rank WordPress Among the Most Dreadful Platforms: Over 100,000 developers ranked platforms on the 2018 Stack Overflow and while WordPress improved its ranking from last year, it’s still in the top ten most dreaded platforms. Up and Running Third Edition launches next week: still the best way to learn WordPress development: Launching on March 19, 2018, the third edition of the Up and Running course from WPShout includes eBook and video tutorials to help you learn WordPress development. The new course also includes information on how to prepare for Gutenberg.CSS and HTMLSo many cool things are happening with CSS!Currently writing code that’s using CSS Grid, object-fit, flexbox and the new text decoration stuff. What a time to be alive and working with CSS. 😍🌟— Mandy Michael (@Mandy_Kerr) March 16, 2018Moving From Flash To HTML, CSS, And JavaScript: Yes, there are still a lot of websites out there using Flash. But with Adobe no longer officially supporting Flash, it’s time to move on. Simon Owen explains what you can do to migrate from a Flash-based site. Designing Button States: How many button states can you name? When you use buttons in your designs, you’ll want to go beyond including only a default and hover state.Buttons are a staple of any design system. The best ones are simple, versatile, maybe even a little fun.What’s the Deal with Margin Collapse?: Thanks to Jonathan Harrell for providing visual examples of how margin collapse works (and when it doesn’t). Creating User-Friendly Forms: If you want to increase the completion rate of forms on your website or web app, invest time and resources to make the form simple, use labels, and write clear, easily understood messages. What I Found InterestingTwenty: Congrats to Jason Kottke on the twentieth anniversary of his website. In 2000, he introduced the concept of the permalink as a deliberate design feature. Did you know his site is one of the oldest regularly updated sites on the web?Wikiwand: Wikiwand overhauls the Wikipedia interface, making it into a beautiful, easily readable experience. Available as free app or browser plugin.Let’s Encrypt takes free “wildcard” certificates live: Great news! This means you can have a single certificate to cover your domain and its subdomains.Ask Yoast: Publish date on updated articles: I rarely re-write a whole article. But when I update considerable content on an article, I follow Joost de Valk’s advice in this post: add a note that the article has been updated and keep the old date. (I also add an “updated on xxx date, so readers know when it was last updated)If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! 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