February 8, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIt’s not a problem to have a ‘No Results’ page for a search. What is crucial is to avoid dead ends for users. Baymard Institute offers six essential elements to include in your ‘no results’ search pages that provide guidance to help users get back on track.AccessibilityDozens of accessibility-themed emojis will be released in March 2019, expected to be added to Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Facebook, and Twitter. The emojis will include men and women of different ethnicities using disability aids as well spotlighting individual products. Check out a sampling of the emojis, from Emojipedia. In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design better errors for forms, discover new accessibility-themed emojis, find a guide to CSS support in browsers, 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 work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekPicard management tip: Debate honestly. The goal is to arrive at the truth, not at your preconception.— Picard Tips (@PicardTips) February 7, 2019User ExperienceHelp users recover from errors on forms with clear information about the problem. Use these 10 form error design guidelines to provide easy to understand error messages users can act on. In the second part of his The Biggest Mistakes in User Research series, Jim Ross discusses eight additional mistakes and offers tips on how to avoid them. My favorite, because I have to remind myself repeatedly: interrupting participants too often. Find out what user experience and web professional events are happening in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio with my February 2019 monthly events calendar. While there were high hopes for the Accessible Canada Act, the legislation will only apply to federal agencies. Which has disappointed Canadians with disabilities, consumer advocates, and disability groups. Learn what digital resources, tips, and techniques you can find on the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative website with my notes from Digital Accessibility–Guide to Trustworthy Free Online Resources.When you change the way browser features work, for example, highlighting text or text resizing, your design decisions can have unexpected results. User preferences are overridden and the site can become inaccessible. Eric Bailey highlights several scenarios how browsers provide everything users need. WordPressThe WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate is available for download and testing. The 5.1 release is currently scheduled for February 21, 2019. (I’m still waiting for the WordPress 5.0 user documentation, more than two months after release.)You can make the block editor interface less cluttered by restricting or removing blocks that you don’t use or don’t want to be available for clients to use. Something to be aware of, if you use Jetpack on your WordPress site:if you think using jetpack on your wordpress site is more private than google analytics, you’d be mistaken. for example, if you have a course/membership, then every email from every student is shared with jetpack servers… it gets worse if you use WOO https://t.co/X1ZUn4ikP9 pic.twitter.com/Pa3baCxYIr— paul jarvis (@pjrvs) February 6, 2019Sad news to share. Alex Mills, who works on Jetpack and is the author of the popular Regenerate Thumbnails plugin, shared the latest news of his test results. And the results aren’t good. Mills was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016. What a difficult time for him, sending positive thoughts his way.There may be very good reasons for you to consider using the WordPress Classic Editor on new websites. Did you know the Classic Editor will be supported through the end of 2021?CSS and HTMLImagine you’ve found the exact CSS feature you need for your client’s website, only to discover it’s not supported across browsers. Rachel Andrew explains the different issues and how you might resolve them in her guide to CSS support in browsers. Can you help? Take Firefox’s one-page CSS Layout Debugging survey and help them build more useful CSS debugging features.Is this how you organize your CSS? Wrong. The ONLY way you should organise CSS properties is like a Christmas Tree.https://t.co/jOGnT0Xih2 pic.twitter.com/kkZMeIYwj9— Gary (@GaryPendergast) February 8, 2019When I ranted on Twitter about animated GIFs distracting me so much I didn’t finish reading an article, little did I think a solution would be available within a couple days. Thank you Scott Vinkle for developing Togglific, a way to toggle off web animations. Wondering where to learn HTML and CSS in 2019? Chris Coyier has the answer for you, from books, online courses, schools, and more. (I discovered some new ones I’ll be checking out!)What I Found InterestingNot only for social media, this list of 16 online tools for creating imagery can help you create images, infographics, mockups and more for your web projects. Its probably a good idea to stop using Internet Explorer (IE), a browser that Microsoft stopped updating four years ago. Especially when Microsoft says they really don’t want you to use IE anymore.Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution.Phew! If you’re a Flickr user with a free account of over 1,000 photos or videos, and you weren’t able to download your images before February 5, 2019, you have a reprieve. Flickr has extended the timeline to March 12, 2019 for you to download your photos. 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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