New findings from email newsletter research show importance of writing content that recipients find relevant even though people are less attached to newsletters than they used to be.
[W]e weren’t prepared for how much work it would take, and as our web design team moved steadily closer to launch our migration initiative fell behind. Yesterday, Idealware launched their new website. To promote it, they sent out a newsletter with some great lessons learned from the migration. I wanted to link to it, though, so … Continue reading “Idealware’s Content Migration Lessons [link]”
A while back, I wrote about how I’m a “web conservative.” Recently, I was reading “The inaccessible web: how we got into this mess” by Mischa Andrews, and it perfectly described what I was getting at: When clients and executives and developers and — anyone, really — talk about digital innovation, do they always mean it? Or is ‘innovation’ also used to … Continue reading “Conservative Design & Development in “The inaccessible web” [link]”
How building a porch is like building a website.
On my blog, in talks, and in my work with clients, I’ve really taken it upon myself to advocate for accessible design and development practices. There are so many good arguments for accessibility, yet it’s not always easy to get decision makers to buy in to accessibility requirements or commit to investing money in accessibility. Elle … Continue reading “Cases for Accessibility [link]”
Google has guidelines for webmasters about the technical and content requirements sites must follow to stay in their good graces. You’ll probably be surprised how obvious their recommendations are.
Oxford Dictionaries had a bold choice for their “word” of the year.
I’m not a huge fan of Medium.com, but my dislike of PDFs is far stronger, so I was excited to see The Heritage Foundation ((I’m no fan of The Heritage Foundation’s politics and beliefs either. I did not read this report, but the section “Poverty and Dependence” is awfully objectionable. What I like is the technical desire to avoid a … Continue reading “Death To PDFs! [link]”
I’ve got a guest post over at NTEN.org about my “best pratice” for making sure websites I build serve the needs of my client’s organizations.
Do you know what CTRL + F on Windows does (or CMD + F on Macs)? In many programs, it allows you to “Find in Page.” This is immensely useful, particularly in browsers and word processors. If you don’t know it, join the club! Apparently most people don’t: 90 percent of people in their studies don’t … Continue reading “Tip: CTRL/CMD + F for Find in Page [link]”
Every idea you have for your website has to meet these four criteria.
An article came through my feeds yesterday that really struck a chord for a bunch of reasons. It’s hard not to just paste the whole piece here. In “Shut Up and Listen.”, a fellow Seattlite tied together a whole bunch of related strands into great essay. His jumping off point was the recent Black Lives Matter protest which … Continue reading “Applying User Experience to Real Life [link]”
Whether you love them or hate them, Google offers a lot of tools and services that most of us use. Two recent changes caught my eye and I want to pass them on to all you website owners and builders.
I used to talk about the legal ramifications of having an inaccessible website a lot more. However, WebAIM’s “Hierarchy for Motivating Change” helped me realize there were better arguments in favor of accessibility. That said, sometimes a story is too big to ignore. From the February 12 New York Times: Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed federal lawsuits … Continue reading “The Last Resort: Harvard & M.I.T. Sued Over Video Captioning [link]”
What’s so bad about blue underlined links anyway?
Some humor to take solace in during a tough design project.