U.S. Web Design Standards

October 1, 2015

U.S. Web Design Standards

The U.S. Government released a complete set of Standards to achieve consistency across federal government websites.

Built and maintained by U.S. Digital Service and 18F designers and developers, this resource follows industry-standard web accessibility guidelines and reuses the best practices of existing style libraries and modern web design. It provides a guide for creating beautiful and easy-to-use online experiences for the American people.

It’s really great to see more and more organizations – and especially governments – create and even release Style Guides for Web Design.

U.S. Web Design Standards

Stef. Sullivan Rewis on Building an Enterprise CSS Framework for Salesforce

September 23, 2015

Some very interesting insights on what goes into building a huge CSS Framework for an Enterprise Solution like Salesforce.

At Salesforce UX, we are guided by four design principles. In order of importance, they are — clarity, efficiency, consistency, and beauty . These principles assisted us in prioritizing competing goals and helped us make tough calls.

I’d like to share some of the decisions we made while architecting the framework. Some of these choices may be unexpected. And there have been times when our ideas have morphed while building, as we discovered yet another platform or situation we needed to solve for.

Worth a read!

Medium – Building an Enterprise CSS Framework

WP REST API – Core Merge Proposal

September 22, 2015

In case you missed it: WP REST API is finally being officially proposed to merge into WordPress Core. The idea is to first integrate the infrastructure of the API in Version 4.4 and then merge the endpoints in Version 4.5 as a second step.

What’s also great is that the Team working on the API used GitHub during Development and the experience they gained could lead to a tighter integration of GitHub for the work on WordPress core too, which would be a great side effect.

Make WordPress Core – WP REST API Merge Proposal

Eric Meyer on Content/Ad Blocking

September 22, 2015

Eric Meyer’s primer on Content Blocking is spot-on.

The ads that are at risk now are the ones delivered via bloated, badly managed, security-risk mechanisms.  In other words: what’s at risk here is terrible web development.

Granted, the development of these ads was so terrible that it made the entire mobile web ecosystem appear far more broken that it actually is, and prompted multiple attempts to rein it in.  Now we have content blockers, which are basically the nuclear option: if you aren’t going to even attempt to respect your customers, they’re happy to torch your entire infrastructure.

I used an Ad Blocker on desktop for a long time now, but i also have many sites set to “do not block”. These are basically all sites that respect me and treat me as a human being. And if you are a publisher, ad-provider or anyone else working in this industry and don’t respect your customers, i couldn’t care less if you’re going downhill from here and i would suggest you to go back to the drawing board as fast as you can.

Or, as Kontra eloquently phrased it on Twitter:

Eric Meyer – Content Blocking Primer