Ire takes a deep dive into implementing an accessible tool tip.
A web of anxiety: accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders [Part 1] | The Paciello Group – Your Accessibility Partner (WCAG 2.0/508 audits, VPAT, usability and accessible user experience)
Enumerating the anti-patterns that cause serious user experience issues that don’t get nearly enough attention:
While such intrusions can be a source of irritation or even stress for many people, they may be complete showstoppers for people with anxiety or panic disorders.
I’m looking forward to reading the follow-up post.
(I was going to say I was anxiously awaiting the follow-up post but …never mind.)
This is a fun—and useful—way of improving the interview process. The Rubik’s Cube examples brought a smile to my face.
Another great deep dive by Heydon into a single interface pattern. This time it’s the tooltip, and its cousin, the toggletip.
There’s some great accessibility advice in here.
Vitaly calls them dirty tricks but this is a handy collection of front-end development techniques. They’re not really dirty …just slightly soiled.
As a speaker and a conference organiser, I heartily concur with just about every item in this list.
This gets nothing but agreement from me:
For altering the default scroll speed I honestly couldn’t come up with a valid use-case.
My theory is that site owners are trying to apply app-like whizz-banginess to the act of just trying to read some damn text, and so they end up screwing with the one interaction still left to the reader—scrolling.
The transcript of a terrific talk by Harry on how dark patterns are often driven by a slavish devotion to conversion rates.
A really good introduction to front-end performance techniques. Most of this was already on my radar, but I still picked up a handy tip or two (particularly about DNS prefetching).
At this stage it should go without saying that you should be keeping up with this kind of thing: performance is really, really, really important.
CSSquirrel shares my feelings on the email notification anti-pattern.
A fun little multiplayer game, all possible in the browser thanks to web sockets.
Yes, yes, yes! This article does an excellent job of explaining what Captchas are attempting to do and why, therefore, they are so utterly shit.
Here’s a geek advent calendar I missed. There are some great CSS techniques here.
Excellent points, eloquently delivered, on why sites shouldn’t be shoving their native Apps in the face of people who just arrived at their website on a mobile device.
Putting up a splash screen is like McDonalds putting a bouncer on the door, and telling customers who just parked their car and want to enter the restaurant that they should use the drive-through instead.
A handy set of guidelines from Brad Frost. It’s still a work in progress but it’s got some good tips for mobile design and development.
Some good ideas for formatting tabular data for small screens.
A nice round-up of responsive design techniques, with a particular focus on content first.
A quick way of leaving Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and MySpace. It uses the password anti-pattern but after using this, I guess you won't be needing that password again.