August 24, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgAs Jared Spool says, receiving a critique is hard. What is just as difficult? Giving one. Discover what goes into a well-done critique, and the four basic elements every critique should have.Critique is an essential part of the design process, but it’s not something most UX professionals are taught.Doing design or conducting UX research for nonprofits offers unique challenges. Find out what three experts have to say about their experiences designing UX for nonprofits.AccessibilityHave you heard of IBM’s Content Clarifier beta tool? It can improve text accessibility with its recommendations for simplifying language.Another reason to use native HTML or ARIA attributes.Just a reminder:if you’re relying on classes alone to communicate state, rather than (also) using native HTML or ARIA attributes (e.g. disabled, or aria-pressed), you are not effectively communicating state to all users.#a11y #ux— Scott O’Hara (@scottohara) August 17, 2018My friend Dennis Deacon was the guest speaker at this month’s Accessibility Talks, sharing his thoughts on accessibility meetups, camps, and digital accessibility. Thanks, Dennis for your shoutout for my list of accessibility and inclusive design groups around the world! In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to help users fill out mobile forms, discover Classic WordPress, find a new tool to deploy websites from your local environment, 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 WeekEverything happens in your life for a reason. Don’t regret things or experiences gone by. Scars earned. Pages turned. Lessons learned.— Creation Nation (@CreationNA) August 22, 2018User ExperienceIn her first article of a two-part series, Stéphanie Walter explains techniques you can use to help users fill in your mobile form.If the form is long, don’t expose everything by default. Be smart about what you display.Are you tired of those, “No, I don’t want to buy this amazing deal” call-to-action buttons? I know I am. Discover what web copy techniques alienate users and how you can craft more engaging content.When you reach a creative block or get distracted by specific design problems, get unstuck by reframing the problem with this three-step technique, says Kate Moran of the Nielsen Norman Group (two-minute video). Diversity and inclusion took center stage at the 2018 Adobe Design Summit, as Adobe designers gathered from around the world to share ideas and listen to speakers, including Matt May:What people with disabilities want is not to be complied with — they want to be designed for. Designing is including.She’s not alone. While it doesn’t have a formal name, Jen explains that her navigation disability is a real thing.WordPressI wasn’t surprised to read the WP Tavern story about Classic WordPress, a fork of WordPress that doesn’t include the Gutenberg editor. Whatever your viewpoint of Gutenberg, it’s worth your time to read the story and the 70+ comments (as of August 23, 2018).Announced by ManageWP this week, Local Sync allows you to deploy websites from your local environment. Or from your website to your local install. Currently in beta, they’re looking for folks to start testing it.Images are one of the top reasons for slow websites. Learn how you can improve page speed in this tutorial on how to optimize images for WordPress using Smush It image compression plugin.From editorial tasks to testing to image management and more, Sig Ueland shares 20 WordPress plugins to help you manage content marketing of your WordPress site. CSS and HTMLAck! Which one do you use :before or ::before in your CSS? Find out the pros and cons of each and what Chris Coyier is using.I didn’t know, did you?🔥 Did you know CSS has a `turn` unit? It’s often easier to turn something `rotate(0.75turn)` instead of doing the math to `rotate(270deg)`— Wes Bos (@wesbos) August 20, 2018Oooh, this is cool. A CodePen of a keyboard piano created with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. No images. And no audio. Go ahead and play it (but don’t forget to turn it on like I did!)See the Pen <a href=’https://codepen.io/alvaromontoro/pen/aabjQv/’>CASIO SA-20 keyboard with sound</a> by Alvaro Montoro (<a href=’https://codepen.io/alvaromontoro’>@alvaromontoro</a>) on <a href=’https://codepen.io’>CodePen</a>.<br />In Real World Use of CSS with SVG, Craig Buckler gives an overview of SVG, as he shares SVG tools, discusses the effects of SVG on HTML, and explains the advantages of portable SVGs.What I Found InterestingWhat is the most important thing an organizer can do for their conference speakers? asks Jason Rodriguez, who has published a useful guide for supporting your conference speakers.Instead of the PDF speaker packet, we opted to go with a speaker wiki site that we can update on a rolling basis.Because we all need to take steps to reduce the amount of spam we receive, here are 8 ways to keep spam and promotional emails from filling your inbox. New to Photoshop? Or need a quick review of some basic Photoshop photo editing? Check out this one-hour Photoshop tutorial and get up to speed fast! (Also available as a downloadable PDF)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…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 20, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to avoid UX burnout, find out about the publication of the Section 508 Refresh, discover why the grid won’t solve all your layout issues, and more. 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Science for development at Insite

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneScientists from across the world will head to South Africa later this year for the third International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) to share new knowledge and advancements science and technology.Organisers of the exhibition, taking place from 15 to 17 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, say this year’s Insite will be the biggest and best yet, with some of the best international science exhibitions to be showcased.With the theme “The role of science, technology and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and sustainable development”, the exhibition will highlight the role of the sciences in finding solutions to world problems, particularly advancing economic growth and sustainable development in poorer countries.South African Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena says technological innovations are needed to address pressing issues such as housing and energy shortages. “As a continent we are hard pressed to find affordable but durable building materials in the place of bricks and mortar, and to develop a sustainable supply of cheaper and safer forms of energy,” he says. “We expect this exhibition to provide opportunities for collaborative efforts between our researchers and their international counterparts.”A Department of Science and Technology initiative, Insite is held every two years and draws participants from over 50 countries, attracting 5 900 visitors in 2004 and 6 300 in 2006. These included key decision makers, big business, the public, students and teachers, as well as local and international science and technology practitioners and the private sector.The biannual Professor Phillip Tobias Lecture and Award will be one of this year’s highlights. The lecture the contribution of Tobias, a globally respected veteran South African scientist, to the sciences in the fields of palaeoanthopology and genetics through anatomical studies.This year, the organisers say the event will:embrace technological solutions for the developed and developing world,provide an international marketplace for innovation, science and technology, particularly in the context of long-term sustainability,promote partnerships for global sustainable development, andprovide networking opportunities across industries to enable experts from across the globe to identify joint objectives, activities and initiatives.According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa has a critical shortage of science and technology skills, a shortage that must be urgently addressed.Statistics indicate that the average annual output of engineers from the higher education sector must increase by 1 000 to a total of 2 400 a year for the country to meet its short-term demand.In 2008, skill shortages in the information, communication and technology sector are said to be well over 300 000, while government’s Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunication Technologies Training Authority has capacity to train only 7 000 per year.Currently, South Africa produces only 1 400 qualified engineers a year, and only half of these graduates go on to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa as practising professionals.“South Africa needs to embrace the current skills shortages in science, engineering and technology and Insite 2008 will address some of these issues,” said Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general of the Department of Science and Technology.Part of the department’s strategy to increase these numbers includes exposing learners to events such as Insite, especially emphasising the important of maths and science.Useful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologyProfessor Phillip TobiasEngineering Council of South Africalast_img read more

IDC ‘adopts’ 15 Dinaledi schools

first_imgThe IDC has ‘adopted’ 15 schools, and has pledged to support each with R100 000 over the next three years. South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has pledged over R7-million to support the education department’s Dinaledi schools programme, which is dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in the country. The schools are from the Sekhukhune district municipality in Limpopo, the Kgalagadi district municipality in the Northern Cape, the Ehlanzeni district municipality in Mpumalanga and the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape. 21 October 2008 Over and above that, the IDC will support a top student from each school, providing them with a tertiary education bursary for three years to pursue careers in maths, science and technology. “Moreover, we have made a conscious decision to channel our efforts to schools in poorer municipal areas.” In October last year, the Zenex Foundation entered into a R10-million partnership with the Dinaledi schools programme to increase teaching quality and learner performance in English language skills. The Department of education plans to have some 500 schools from across the country participating in the Dinaledi programme by the end of this year, with the aim of achieving 50 000 mathematics passes on higher grade by 2009. As part of its efforts to boost education in maths and science, the IDC also has a bursary fund to offer financial support for up to 100 students each year at accredited South African universities, and also supports Technology in Rural Schools, a non-governmental organisation that trains teachers in rural areas. “The IDC’s contribution to eduation was informed by the government’s concerted efforts to address the shortage of skills, especially in the maths, science and technology sectors,” said IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena in a statement earlier this month. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Facebook’s Publicly Available Data: A Big Strategic Risk

first_imgMy name is Pete Warden, and a few months ago I created visualization based on crawling 210 million public Facebook profiles that raised a lot of questions about how openly available that information should be. While I’ve seen a lot of discussion of the impact on users, I’ve seen little on why Facebook and other companies care so passionately about that data. If we want to understand what’s likely to happen to our information in the future, it’s important to understand why it’s such a crucial foundation for everything Facebook does and what threats it faces.Facebook is able to offer a fantastic experience because it knows who your friends are. No other site has that knowledge, so it’s an incredible competitive advantage for the service – and despite all the privacy worries, makes it tough to quit because nowhere else can offer you those channels to reach your friends. The real danger for Facebook is that others will get access to a broad and comprehensive social network and be able to offer the same rich social experience to new users. I see two ways this can happen:Someone copies the information from Facebook in bulkA similar network is created from an independent source using implicit dataCopyingThere are two ways someone could copy user information from Facebook, either through crawling public profiles or using the API. I noticed while I was doing my crawling that it would only show eight friends at a time but it was a different set every time, which meant with enough visits to a user’s page I could gather a complete list of their connections. Facebook has fixed this hole so it only shows the same eight people now, but that’s still enough to build a partial but usable social network.Using the API is a lot trickier because they have technical controls to throttle heavy-users who are downloading data too fast, but if you have a wide userbase on Facebook, like Zynga, then you could easily download information on tens of millions of users a week without noticeably increasing your API usage.Facebook’s primary defense against both of these approaches is legal. They recently introduced a whitelisted robots.txt, so now legitimate Web crawlers have to agree to the same kind of terms of service that restrict what third parties can do with the data they gather through the API. The weakness of this approach is that it relies on the honor system, since it’s extremely hard to track the flow and usage of data once it’s in another company’s hands. It’s possible to use fake accounts(Mountweazels) to act as markers to prove data came from Facebook originally, but all you need to do is cross-correlate the Facebook data with other public sources like phone books, electoral data or Twitter to weed out non-existent people. As long as the data copiers take those sort of basic precautions it’s essentially untraceable – and Facebook will have a hard time proving they were the source in court. It’s also very hard to spot that a company is using data sourced from Facebook internally, unless they publicly announce it.An Independent NetworkCreating an independent source of social network data is a tough nut to crack. Facebook’s big advantage is that it’s a massive hassle for users to manually re-enter their social networks into yet another service, so the path of least resistance for website owners is to integrate with their existing repository. However there are alternative sources of information about our social networks that can be accessed without partnering with Facebook or requiring laborious user input: your email inbox and cellphone history. I saw Buzz primarily as a bid by Google to stealthily build their own social network by leveraging those patterns of who you email most. It doesn’t seem to be making great progress, but the same idea is useful for any startup who needs to build a picture of its user’s social network. You can now use OAuth to connect to Google and Yahoo inboxes without requiring a password, analyze the email headers to spot a user’s frequent recipients, and then use that information to help you offer a better service, for example by pre-populating your invite suggestions with a user’s inner circle rather than the using the entire contents of their address book.Using phone calls and SMS patterns to understand social networks is a lot harder for third-parties, but you can bet that both the big telecom companies and the mobile software providers like Apple and Google are trying to figure out how to compete with Facebook using that data.Facebook has an overwhelming advantage thanks to the network effects of having social information on so many users, but the very attractiveness of their position has to be focusing their competitors’ minds on how to replicate that strength. Right now Facebook looks invincible, but it all rests on the unique social network they’ve gathered – they could be the next MySpace or Friendster if their rivals figure out an alternative. Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts last_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout The referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Timberwolves’ Teague sidelined by sprained knee

first_imgDALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Teague #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 17, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.Teague’s Grade 1 MCL sprain was welcome news for Minnesota, which feared he had a more serious issue. Teague had an MRI at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team’s overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in the win.Teague is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 34.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Timberwolves. He missed four games last month because of an Achilles injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “It’s about as good as you can hope for,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “No structural damage. He didn’t have much swelling. He was walking around today.”Thibodeau said Teague had the same issue earlier in his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The fact that he had this injury once before when he was a rookie, so I think he understands what he has to go through,” he said.The 29-year-old Teague was ruled out for Minnesota’s game at Milwaukee. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Read Next Chiefs flaunt tough roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more