Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 10, 2017

first_imgAnd because you can’t have too much info about CSS Grid, Eric Meyer walks you through a CSS Grid inspection, using Firefox 52. You can also use Firefox Nightly and find another tool that takes you further:You can also turn on number labels for the grid lines, which are currently tiny and black no matter what you do.In this short four-minute video, Pete LePage from Google Chrome Developers takes a closer look at Chrome 57 (released last night), with its grid-based layouts, Media Session API, and other features. Connectivity doesn’t equal accessibility.People confuse connectivity with accessibility – just because it’s online and I can get to it doesn’t mean I can use it #A11Y #UX— Mark Wilcock (@MarkAWilcock) March 3, 2017According to a 2017 local government digital communications study, 87 percent of respondents said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of federal web accessibility requirements. It’s time for local governments to prepare for upcoming website accessibility mandates.WordPressSix security issues and 39 maintenance issues were fixed in this week’s WordPress 4.7.3 release. Unless your site has turned off automatic updates or your host manages your WordPress updates, your site will be updated automatically.WordPress wouldn’t exist without women, says Aaron Jorbin as he shares the various ways women contribute to WordPress.If WordPress had no Woman contributors, WordPress wouldn’t be fully translated in over 60 languages.Marie Dodson of Torque Magazine discusses gender diversity and leading by example in her interview with Bridget Willard, Jennifer Bourn, and Petya Raykovska about their career path, journey, and how to get more women involved WordPress.NRKbeta’s new Comment plugin offers an alternative to reducing spam comments on your posts: commenters have to take a short quiz before they can add comments. The idea is that by quizzing commenters whether they’ve read the post, you can reduce comment spam. Your thoughts? Founder and CEO Brennen Byrne announced this week that two-factor authentication service Clef is closing down. Final shutdown is June 6, 2017. If you’re using Clef, you’ll want to transition to another two-factor authentication service.CSS and HTMLThe big news in the CSS world this week is, CSS Grid has arrived! Rachel Andrew talks about CSS Grid landing in Firefox 52 this week. Andrew shares her own background with grid and how she’s looking forward to seeing what people create with the grid.Mozilla Designer Advocate Jen Simmons explains what’s possible with CSS Grid and the new Firefox Grid Inspector tool in this seven-minute video (you can find code examples on her lab site). In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll find a list of 30 women doing amazing work in user experience, learn about the new CSS Grid feature in Firefox 52, discover a comment quiz WordPress plugin, 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 WeekHire women. Promote women. Pay women what they’re worth. Acknowledge their contributions in the workplace + everywhere else. Respect women.— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) March 8, 2017User ExperienceDesigning a product or service means you’re improving something in someone’s life, solving a problem for them. Design ethics, being inclusive in your research, is key to ensuring it works for everyone.You’ll find designers, authors, information architects, entrepreneurs, and more in this list of 30 women in user experience to celebrate International Women’s Day.It’s a showdown: Sketch or Figma? Christian Krammer compares the two applications, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I’m a Figma fan. Sketch can only be used on a Mac; Figma is browser-based.Why you want to listen to your users:”If I ask the user what the probs with a service are I get 80% of them. If I ask the CEO, I get 10% if I’m lucky” says Paulo Malta #SDinGov— Jo Carter (@Jo_Carter64) March 9, 2017Tonya Snook is completely obsessed with using artificial intelligence to improve user research and information architecture. Her first project? Looking into using IBM Watson to generate better search results.AccessibilityShoutout to Dennis Deacon for publishing his megalist list of California State University Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference resources, including presentations, case studies, photos, and more. And thanks to Microsoft Accessibility for curating their Microsoft CSUN Accessibility Technology Conference 2017 presentations in one collection. This week’s A11yNYC meetup featured attorney Jackie Chen, currently Product Counsel for Google. Chen discussed success factors for people with disabilities, sharing stories of successful people in technology, entertainment, and journalism. (Chen’s slide deck is available on Google Docs, but requires you to ask for permission.)center_img What I Found InterestingSpeaking in public soon? Here are some useful tips for public speaking to help you get over the jitters.Slides should only be complementary to a point you’re making, not the focus.I discovered many new women trailblazers in this week’s Google Doodle celebrating International Women’s Day 2017. First time I’ve heard of Olga Skorokhodova, a Soviet scientist and researcher in the field of deaf and blind communication.Grandmother sitting in chair with grandaughter on her lap, telling a story. Credit: Google DoodleAre you a writer, artist, or artisan? Love Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence program for 2017 spring, summer, and fall, and winter 2018 residencies.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 news you found this week? I’d love to see it! Post it 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…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 3, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about six new useful guides for user research methods, learn why automated accessibility tools may not be the first tool of choice for an audit, find a slew of resources for learning CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: May 26, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn five principles to use when creating designs for the Internet of Things, find out how to add captions to Camtasia videos, discover why this is a very good time to understand CSS, and more. If you’re new to my…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 17, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the current state of design systems in UX, find out ten features to look for in a paid WordPress theme, discover guidelines for writing clean CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Looking For the Next Big Thing: Amazon Announces Fifth Annual AWS Start-up Challenge

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#web Amazon announced today its fifth annual Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge for entrepreneurs using AWS. This year the contest has been expanded globally and will reward 15 regional semifinalists, five each from the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa. This time Amazon has teamed with YouNoodle.com, a global entrepreneurship network and contest platform to help administer the contest. Past finalists of the AWS Start-up Challenge include Justin.tv (in 2007), cloud-computing email productivity service Sonian Corp. (2008) and Yieldex.AWS and other cloud providers like RackSpace have been pivotal in the next-generation explosion of web and mobile applications that have changed the dynamic of the current era of technology disruption. Amazon’s ease-of-use and elastic pricing model has lowered the bar for startups looking to experiment with their products and scale quickly. By opening the contest to a worldwide audience this year, Amazon has set its sights not just on the Silicon Valley crowd but also on disruptive developer hotbeds across the globe.One of the purposes of Amazon’s contest is not just to find new startups using AWS, but also as a way to keep its nose on the ground floor of innovation. The current tech giants not only want to grow their own product offerings but also find the next Google or Twitter in the rough, especially those that are already using the company’s existing infrastructure. Imagine if Apple had invested in Google in 1998 (which could have easily happened) and the two companies grew within each other over the past 13 years. Of course, no one can tell what kind of course each would have taken (maybe AdWords is never created and Google just becomes an interesting algorithm in the footnotes of history) but the thought is intriguing to the more successful companies like Amazon as well as angel investors and venture capitalists.Sonian is an interesting example. Its goal is to archive electronic communications, files and unstructured content to create actionable intelligence (decision making through data analysis). After a couple of false starts, Sonian and CTO Greg Arnette were able to employ AWS in a cost-effective way that makes Sonian an interesting archiving engine and example of the powers of the cloud. Arnette frequents speaking engagements to help to explain businesses how to institute a cloud strategy and what the pitfalls will be with any cloud infrastructure, especially a third-party one such as AWS.Each of the 15 finalists will receive $2,500 in AWS credits and six finalists will be awarded a $10,000 package including credits and a trip to Palo Alto, Calif. for the final round of judging. The winner will receive $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. Entrants must have made $10 million with their product but also not have accepted more than $10 million in venture funding. This way Amazon can whittle down potential winners or acquisitions by those that have had a degree of success but are also still in early-stage funding rounds, hence ripe to be integrated into Amazon, should the company choose. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Spot-fixing scandal: Mohammad Aamir admits to his guilt, say sources

first_imgPakistan’s banned pacer, Mohammad Aamir has apparently admitted for the first time his guilt in the spot-fixing scandal and apologised for his actions.According to well-informed sources, Aamir has spoken in detail to former England captain, Mike Atherton in an interview to Sky Sports, about the spot-fixing scandal and his role in it.”What is interesting is that Aamir spells out the reasons and channels through which he got entangled in the scandal and apparently admits he has learnt from his mistakes and will not repeat them again,” a source said.”He has basically admitted he was wrong in what he did and feels ashamed over his actions and involvement in the scandal and the way he let cricket community and Pakistani nation down,” the source added.The interview was apparently conducted while Aamir was in London after serving three months in a youth detention centre after being found guilty of spot-fixing by a Crown Court there.The youngster who was considered one of world cricket’s brightest young pacers, has yet to apologise publicly and admit his guilt despite returning to Pakistan a few weeks back.Since returning home with his legal counsel, Aamir has shunned the Pakistani media and has not given any statements or interviews.The pacer was convicted along with teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the Lord’s Test in 2010.The three accused were given different jail terms.Amir was sentenced for six months, but was released in February due to good behaviour after serving half his sentence, while the other two are still serving their terms.advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Aly Raisman Explains Why Gabby Douglas Didn’t Show For The MTV VMAs

first_imgAly Raisman being interviewed.Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.last_img read more

Ohio State running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Alonso knows that Chelsea must win against Spurs

first_imgChelsea are about to play against Tottenham in the London derby and Marcos Alonso, the Blues full-back, knows that this match will be a crucial one for his side as they have to fight for the Champions League places.There are just eight matches to go and it is almost clear that Manchester City will win the title – but there are still four teams fighting for the other three Champions League spots and Chelsea are one of them.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s situation as he said, according to weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win.”“It’s a massive game. We have a very important target, which is arriving at the end of the season in top four. Starting on Sunday, it’s the first important three points for us. It’s not over until its’ mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost.”last_img read more

Morata opened up on his difficult season

first_imgAlvaro Morata started his career at Chelsea in a great way but he has failed to meet the expectations recently – and he insisted that it was caused by huge injury problems that he has had with his back.The Spaniard admitted that he had to inject himself a couple of times a day just to be able to train with the team and play matches – it affected his performances strongly but the people weren’t able to see it and criticized him.The former Real Madrid player spoke about the ongoing season as he said, according to Football Espana:“This has been a very difficult year for me and it has been the same for Chelsea.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have had an extremely difficult year, torturous. But it started beautifully, I was scoring goals and everyone loved me, but now everything has changed.”“People talk to me on the street but they do not know what I have gone through, the only people who know are my wife and my family.”“I have wanted to keep playing, to keep scoring goals but I have not been able to and what I have experienced medically is very difficult.”“I had to go to Germany several times to receive a treatment in which they punctured me in the back and it hurt me a lot, but I had to return to training in London the next day.”last_img read more

Dont Miss The Klimpke Christmas Lights In Nikiski

center_img This is the 17th year that John and Brenda Klimpke has done their annual lights display. John Klimpke: “We will have Santa there tonight, and there is always new stuff.” Visitors from all over the Kenai Peninsula, and even some from Anchorage have flocked to see Klimpke’s lights over the years. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Klimpke-christmas-lights.mp3VmJennifer-on-Klimpke-christmas-lights.mp300:00RPdlast_img