May 10, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about upcoming user experience and information architecture workshops, find out why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, discover what’s new with podcasts and Google search, 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 WeekDon’t leave out accessibility from your code examples for simplicity. People need to see that accessibility is a part of coding. That includes code examples.— Zoë Bijl (@ZoeBijl) May 8, 2019User ExperienceFat fingers aren’t the issue when you’re trying to access an interactive element on your smartphone. The issue is small touch targets on touchscreens.Designers who prioritize aesthetics over functionally too often forget to create targets that can be easily and accurately selected.In part 2 of his series on project estimation, Leo Frishberg walks you through the steps of creating a scoping and estimating tool and shares some theory on crafting a service business.Don Norman wrote the book on user-friendly design, but what he sees now horrifies him.Companies insist on printing critical instructions in tiny fonts with very low contrast.The Understanding Group (TUG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is hosting half-day and full-day user experience and information architecture (IA) workshops the week of May 21-23, 2019. Great opportunity to expand your skillset, the workshops include: Understanding IA, Designing User Research, Aligning Stakeholders, and Modeling for Clarity.AccessibilityGetting started with web accessibility can be overwhelming, where do you start? This list of 8 tools that make accessible design easier can make your job a lot easier.Learn how Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to improve accessibility with their AI for Accessibility initiative.In why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, Adam Silver explains why starting with semantic HTML is the best choice and why the first rule of ARIA is not to use it.Reframe the conversation and how you approach inclusive design by swapping out one word.hey all you managers/companies wanting to be more #inclusive + #accessible the *very* worst thing you can tell your employees is: “This is a requirement”by swapping out one word and saying: “This is a priority” you can reframe the conversation & the way they approach the issues— Carie Fisher (@cariefisher) May 7, 2019In Scott O’Hara’s some accessibility resources, you’ll find useful accessibility resources, online tutorials, style guides, online meetups, courses (paid and free), as well as links to my weekly news roundup (thank you, Scott!) Fascinating podcast (50-minutes) with my accessibility friends Mike Gifford and Graham Armfield discussing whether Drupal or WordPress is the most accessible content management system (CMS). WordPressWordPress 5.2 is released, featuring Site Health Check improvements, minimum PHP 5.6.20 version, fatal error protection, and many more enhancements.Why do you want to have WordPress activity log on your website? When you’re troubleshooting, it will help you identify the cause of a site error, find a security breach, and know who’s doing what on your website.Returning for the sixth time, the free online WordSesh conference will be held May 22, 2019. The fourteen sessions, including 10 live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions, cover a range of WordPress topics from development, client relationships, search engine optimization, and more. I’m attending, join me?You’ve probably seen the phrase “headless ecommerce” in recent WordPress posts. But do you know what it really means? In his headless e-commerce: everything you need to know post, John Hughes explains what it is, benefits and disadvantages, and how you can set it up and manage it. CSS and HTMLWondering how news sites like the BBC create joined bulletpoint lists with CSS for their stories? They’re using unordered lists and :before pseudo-elements I didn’t know this about Firefox Dev Tools, did you?Did you know you can make the Firefox Developer Tools split into 3-panes? One for HTML, one for CSS, and one for the CSS Grid Inspectore / Font Editor / Changes pane / Animations tool / etc.https://t.co/WHIBfgLtDD pic.twitter.com/KeSj0ZFRI3— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) May 9, 2019Whoa, impressive browser-based 2D & 3D CSS transform functions visualizer project by Jorge Moreno. What I Found InterestingGoogle is now rolling out podcast results in search results. You can now search for and play podcasts directly in Google Search on Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.Have you received one-ring phone calls in the past few weeks? I have. And it’s frustrating! According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, they’re one-ring robocalls that may lead you to be billed toll charges similar to calling a 900 number.If you weren’t able to watch the livestream, here’s all the cool stuff announced at Google I/O 2019.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! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedFebruary 15, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn the five-step process to create an empathy map, find out how to create better web experiences, discover when to use CSS Grid or flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”May 31, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone, find an updated guide for maintaining content in WordPress, discover a tool to generate CSS Grid markup, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

SHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Shoals Chapter SHRM

first_imgSHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Congressional Recess Activity by Sandra Sockwell, Shoals Chapter SHRMThe Shoals Chapter SHRM was pleased to host Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who presented the Chapter’s program at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Muscle Shoals, AL, on Thursday, August 14.  Since he had visited our Chapter a time or two in the past, and we had visited him many times in regular SHRM Hill Visits, for this meeting we asked him to tell us what was going on in Washington, DC.  He spent most of the time explaining his views on immigration reform.  Very detailed, he laid out the reasons he and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are so adamant that reform be approached in a comprehensive way.  We see that Rep. Brooks voted “Aye” on H.R. 2575, the “Save American Workers Act,” which defines full-time employees as working 40 hours instead of 30 as under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Also, Rep. Brooks was listed as a new co-sponsor, along with several others, of the “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 1772), subtitled, “Supplying Knowledge-Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act.”  We believe these bills are good for America’s workforce and business—and that they support HR best practices. We are fortunate to have Rep. Brooks’ field representative, Laura Webb Smith, attend our Shoals Chapter meetings whenever her schedule permits.  When the A-Team sent the first reminder about the then-upcoming August recess, I phoned her immediately and she arranged for the Representative to visit us since he would be home on our meeting date.  It has been rewarding to have a field rep interested in helping an elected official realize how important the HR community is for supporting American business interests, as well as the interests of our several thousand employees represented by the Shoals Chapter’s members.  When SHRM was encouraging officials during Hill Visits to support making Section 127 of the IRS Code permanent a few years ago, we encouraged Rep. Brooks, an economist by education, to check out the bill to see if he could/would support it.  To our excitement, he signed on as a co-sponsor to that bill in the House!  And it passed.  Now that was a rush. We are encouraged to have such a relationship established with an elected official who values the input of his constituents and who arranges to visit us when District visits coincide with our meeting dates.  We heartily encourage all Chapters to try a similar approach.  Savvy staffers, we’ve found, blaze the way to an official’s schedule!Sandra Sockwell, Ph.D., SPHRShoals Chapter SHRMFlorence, ALSHRM A-Team Member To visit the SHRM Advocacy Team blog page, please click here.To visit the SHRM Policy Action Center, please click here.last_img read more

Location-Based Social Networking to Generate $3.3 Billion by 2013?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to a rather speculative report by research firm ABI Research, location-based social networks like Brightkite, GyPSii, Pelago and Loopt could reach revenues as high as $3.3 billion by 2013. The report, however, also warns that the business models might differ from what most analysts are expecting today. According to ABI research, most of these networks will make their money from licensing and revenue-sharing with network providers or handset manufacturers. Nokia, for example, acquired Plazes a month ago, while GyPSii has deals in place with Garmin and Samsung. Loopt, too, has partnered with virtually all the major US mobile carriers.Still LimitedWhile we have little doubt that mobile social networking will become a big market in the future, today’s reality is still rather bleak. Because of the limitations in the current hardware and software implementations, a lot of the location-based social networks like Loopt, WhosHere, Pelago’s Whrrl, and others feel limited and at times rather gimmicky. Also, most of these networks simply suffer from the fact that they don’t have many users and that the chances of finding any of your friends on them are relatively low for now.What About the Established Networks?In the near future, mobile social networking is only really going to grow once the big social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, or MyYearBook start releasing location-aware applications for mobile devices.Overall, we don’t put too much stock into the ABI report. Thanks to highly targeted location-based advertising, there is a good chance that a mobile social network that manages to attract enough users (or any of the already establish social networks that releases a location aware application) will be able to be financially successful. For right now, however, with a market that is barely establish, trying to put a number on the potential success of these networks is almost silly. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

“Yes We Can” Director Releases Video About Science Commons

first_imgFilm director Jesse Dylan, the co-creator of the Emmy award winning Barack Obama support video Yes We Can has released a new work, this time explaining the Creative Commons Foundation’s science initiative, Science Commons.Dylan, who coincidentally is the eldest son of folk legend Bob Dylan, uses his familiar style to aggregate a quick selection of scientists explaining why a web-based revision of copyright policy is so important for the advancement of scientists. “Scientists are the ultimate remixers,” one interviewee says, and we agree that Creative Commons in science is a very exciting idea.Few media are as compelling as video and we hope that this new short work is helpful in garnering support for Creative Commons in the sciences.Dylan’s work joins a long list of well made Creative Commons videos, which have been helpful in explaining the movement to revise copyright to countless people, no doubt including even President Elect Barack Obama, whose own website was recently put under a Creative Commons license. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Snags Microsoft’s Open Web Manager to Become Developer Advocate

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Microsoft#news#web The open web industry leader exodus to Google continues. Chris Wilson, former IE developer turned Principal Program Manager of the Open Web Platform in Microsoft’s Developer Division, has announced that he’s leaving Microsoft to join Google as a Developer Advocate.Wilson joins a long line of key developers building cutting edge technologies to join either Google or Facebook. Wilson admitted last year when he took this latest position at Microsoft that it wasn’t entirely clear what the Open Web is, “But to me, it’s CSS, HTML 5, JavaScript and other APIs developed by the W3C,” he told Microsoft watchdog Mary-Jo Foley in July 2009. Those are technologies that foster open, accessible innovation, as opposed to vendor lock-in.Wilson offered limited explanation of the move on his personal blog yesterday, beyond joking that he had stolen all the office supplies he could at Microsoft and thus it was time to move on.“I’m very excited to work for a company that invests so much in making the Web platform better for developers and consumers,” he wrote, “and I hope that I can use this as an opportunity to not only do no evil, but to actively do good.”Google’s gain is Microsoft’s loss – Wilson will now actively encourage developers to build on technical standards in a Google kind of way, rather than with Microsoft or Facebook as the primary industry giant in their sights.A 2006 photo of Chris Wilson in Spain, by Dave Shealast_img read more

SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs

first_imgSSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPsYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingSSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs Supply-side platform Smaato announced Tuesday the addition of machine learning to its Automated Traffic Curation (ATC), a step that it says can “significantly” reduce the traffic overload for Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) and result in better pricing matches for publishers.What this means. For the past year or so, the San Francisco-based firm has been employing its ATC to better manage the ad requests from the inventory for the 90,000+ app publishers it represents.Let’s say a placement in an app from Publisher A calls for an ad in the Smaato exchange, and the exchange then sends the request to any of the 260+ DSPs in its network.But, Chief Product Officer Freddy Friedman told me, DSPs are getting swamped with ad requests from apps and other inventory, because of the increased traffic generated by header bidding and other factors.Some DSPs are undertaking their own efforts to “throttle” the flood by arbitrarily filtering out some ad requests. This allows those DSPs to better handle the bids coming in for the remaining inventory ad requests, but it also means that some inventory is pushed aside.Why machine learning helps the process. Before today, Smaato’s ATC helped to steer ad requests to selected DSPs instead of broadcasting them out across the board, using manually-set rules about CPM rates, clickthrough rates, territory, kinds of ads, time of day, and other characteristics of each DSP. The same ad request is often sent to multiple DSPs.Now, Friedman said, the addition of machine learning allows the flow of ad requests to DSPs to be modified in real time, based on each one’s ongoing record of bidding behavior. Smaato claims that its ATC can now reduce undesirable bids by as much as 72 percent, because of this better DSP targeting.This allows the decisions about which inventory goes to which DSPs to be continually modified on the fly, instead of following static rules.He added that, while he assumes other exchanges are similarly directing ad requests to specific DSPs, he isn’t aware of announcements by others indicating that they employ machine learning.Why this matters to marketers. Guiding inventory ad requests to the most favorable bidders is the key goal for digital publishers, so Smaato’s enhanced ATC — if it works as advertised — could help publishers sell the most in-app inventory at the best prices. Fewer, more valuable inventory opportunities can mean higher bids, and could help publishers place all of their inventory.Friedman says that the ATC intelligent funneling of ad requests also reduces time and expense for the DSPs, a savings that could then be passed on to the advertisers. He also says that the new system helps advertisers by matching their bids with the most relevant inventory.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 24th October 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

DJ Must-Have: The All-New Rich Medina 45 Bag

first_img DJs are not known for packing light. Between records, turntables, headphones and other equipment, things can get heavy very easily. But no biggie now that our very own DJ Rich Medina has teamed up with Tucker & Bloom, a Nashville based bag company, for the all-new, swagged out Rich Medina 45 Bag. Sleek and compact, the bag is the perfect accessory whether you’re a stylish mixer or just someone who tends to take a lot on the go. DJ Medina kept in mind both the average spinner who lugs around 45 RPM records  and the everyday professional on-the-go for the creative collab. The result is a “durable, high quality shoulder bag to add to [your] tool kit or traveling luggage.” Be ahead of the game and place your pre-order now before the official bag release on July 22. Rich Medina 45 Bag And, check out our video with Rich below.last_img read more

Changed tactics suggested by coaches during Olympic qualifier bout Vinesh Phogat

first_imgNur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): That Vinesh Phogat is her own person was proved yet again when she altered the strategy devised by the coaches for the key Olympic qualification match and came out trumps. Ahead of her world championships’ Olympic qualifying bout, the precise tactics suggested by coach Woller Akos were to “stay away from Sarah Ann Hildebrandt, block her right arm and protect the legs”. Vinesh said she did exactly the opposite. “Coaches were suggesting something else but I felt something different on the mat and changed tactics accordingly. I felt she was getting in, but because I was not conceding point, it was exhausting her,” Vinesh told PTI in an interview after claiming the 53kg category bronze and the Tokyo Olympics berth here. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “So, I thought let’s lure her into leg attacks more and stay solid in defense to completely wear her out. I let her come in but held her off. It worked for me. I knew how much strength she had compared to mine,” she said. The American number one got hold off of Vinesh’s right leg in the second repechage bout five times but could not convert those moves into points. “Even if she had scored a few points, she would have got tired because she would have used all her power,” Vinesh added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The 25-year-old claims to be a person prone to mood swings even when it comes to smallest of matters like eating, sleeping, reading, and talking to people. Some advised her that she should not get married because she might lose spark but she proved them wrong. She knows what it means to win a big medal. She has not yet forgotton how the Rio Olympics injury confined her to a wheelchair for some weeks. “My mother has almost stopped watching my bouts. She fears I may return with a broken leg again. Even if she watches, she will make it tough for others by shouting like A rrey tang chhod de meri beti ki, tod na diyo (Leave the leg of my daughter, don’t break it).” While her mother keeps praying when her bout is on, her husband Sombir Rathee chips in with his inputs. “He may not have won medals but has a sharp wrestling mind. He would come up saying the same things what my foreign coach would suggest.” The world championship medal was missing from her CV for long and now that she has ticked the box, Vinesh said it gives her the cushion of a few months to plan better for ‘Mission Tokyo’. “It’s the first Olympic qualification tournament and a world championship too, so every athlete came here well-prepared and with a different mind set. Taking a medal from this group is definitely big for me. “It’s a relief because now I have a lot of time to prepare for the Olympics. And it’s a bronze only. I want to convert it to a gold and also win the Olympic medal.” Vinesh is pleased with the way she trained her mind to overcome a few negative thoughts that plagued her mind when it came to switching her weight category. “I used to think how will I beat a 53kg wrestler like Sofia Mattsson, who is so strong. But I changed the mind-set and beat her. So I am moving in the right direction. “My better version is yet to come. I think you will see my best in Olympics, that’s the pinnacle,” she said. After losing to Mayu Mukaida from Japan, Vinesh conceded just three points in next four bouts. So, does she feel that it was Mukaida, who pushed her away from the top place on the podium? “Anything can happen on the mat. You have seen the Korean girl (Yong Mi Pak) beat Mukaida 11-0 in the final and I have beaten that Korean girl twice. “But yes, If I had won against the Japanese, the results would have been different. My category is such that five-six wrestlers can beat each other on any given day. Depends on the day and the body language,” she explained. Vinesh is someone who commands respect from her opponents and the best in business. Does she get nervous? “I was not nervous because I had to wrestle strong opponents. It is a World Championship and qualifying for the Olympics was very important for me, so that nervousness was there,” she said. “If I lose to a strong opponent, I don’t mind that. Like I lost to Mukaida, she is good and I tried. Nervousness is good sometimes,” she added. Vinesh said though she has started to do well in the 53kg category, it still is new category her and figuring out stronger wretslers like Mukaida will take some time. Vinesh had lost to her at the Asian Championship also. “To beat Japan, you have to have a strong strategy. During the Asian Championship, I tried different things and at the Worlds, something else but I have not been successful on both counts. We have to find out the way to break down Japan mentally,” she said.last_img read more

DCW issues notice to police over journalist snatching case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) on Tuesday issued notice to police seeking details of investigation in a case where a female journalist was injured while resisting a snatching bid. In her complaint, the woman stated that after shopping in south Delhi’s CR park on Sunday evening, she was returning home in an autorickshaw when two men on motorcycle snatched her mobile phone. In the struggle, she fell from the auto while the men fled from the spot, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “This is a very serious matter. Incidents of snatching and subsequent assaults especially on women and girls are on rampant rise in Delhi,” the DCW said in the notice. The panel has sought a copy of the FIR, details of steps taken by the police to identify and arrest the accused persons and copy of the CCTV footage related to the incident. The DCW has sought a detailed status report on the investigation in the matter. The police have been given time till September 28 to respond to the notice.last_img read more

Disgruntled litigant seals judges chamber

first_imgPalghar (Maha): An unidentified person locked the judge’s chamber at a court in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, claiming that he was doing so because he was being made to run from pillar to post to get justice. The incident took place during lunch recess at a court in Vasai town on Wednesday, the police said. Between 2 and 2.30 pm, when magistrate S B Pawar and the court staff had stepped out for lunch, an unidentified person put a lock on the door of the judge’s chamber from outside, said police spokesperson Hemant Katkar. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe culprit had pasted a piece of paper on the lock, on which was written, “Salman Khan convicted for five years by sessions court Mumbai. Got bail from high court within three hours and I am wandering door to door for justice. “I am a tax payer. I pay tax so the honourable judges get salary. And if I am denied for justice, have the right to seal. Court sealed by order of Dr Fayaz Khan,” it read. Katkar said a case under IPC section 341 (wrongful restraint) has been registered.last_img read more