The Best of the Internets



URLs Are UI

Yes, yes, and yes!

So many folks spend time on their CSS and their UX/UI but still come up with URLs that are at best, comically long, and at worst, user hostile.




You’re Offline

Some very interesting ideas and explorations of how to make your site better when viewed offline. Some very cool ideas here.


Start With Empathy

A great piece covering the various ways we, as web designers and developers, must practice empathy:

Upping the empathy quotient among decision-makers, designers, and developers is integral to ensuring the creation of a digital world for everyone.


Accessibility According to Actual People With Disabilities

Lots of real-world feedback about accessibility issues here. The laundry list of pain points is not insurmountable though:

  • Missing captions
  • Motion & animations
  • Visual clutter
  • Walls of text
  • Small text
  • Sites that don’t play well with magnifiers
  • Low contrast
  • Text in images
  • Bright colors
  • Reliance on color to convey information
  • Mouse-centric interactions
  • Tiny touch targets
  • CAPTCHAs

You can address most of these easily.


Alpha Testers Wanted for Progressive Web App Tools for vs Code

The goals of this extension are pretty straightforward:

  1. Create the code we know we need and only that code;
  2. Omit any code that we “might” need in the future;
  3. Work for Angular, React, Vue, plain old JavaScript; and
  4. Provide simple and functional steps to create a PWA on the major platforms listed above.

Nice.