Accessibility annotations, mobile navigation & a 1h Figma tutorial
On Twitter, LinkedIn, and Mastodon, I share curated articles I read, resources and tools about UX Design, User Research, UI and mobile design, HTML, CSS, the web industry, some processes, some inspiration, etc. This is an archive of everything I shared this week. And some extra links that I decided to only share for the blog readers. Also, subscribe to the newsletter to get notified when those are published!
Now: what I’m currently up to
Hi, this is the last newsletter of the year, so, happy end of the year folks!
I wrote a 2 parts article for Condens on biases in user research in areas that don’t get enough attention: Part 1 focuses on biases with note-taking and data analysis. If you are a newsletter subscriber, check your mailbox. You should get a small Xmas gift related to biases. If you are not: what are you waiting for? Since I’m sure you’ve been nice this year, I will also send the gift to anyone who subscribes to the newsletter from now.
If you speak French, I was invited by Laurent NAUDIER to talk creativity in his podcast Réserve Créative. I talk about UX and pragmatic creativity, and about my small craft projects. I explain that standardization in terms of patterns isn’t necessarily a bad thing for sites like ecommerce or enterprise UX, and that there are other ways of bringing creativity into these projects.
TL; DNR: the one you should not miss
Web Accessibility Annotation Kit CVSHealth launched a nice Figma kit with tools to document buttons, headings, images, landmarks, links, inputs, focus order, reading order, notes and more
Designing Web Design Documentation (15min) building a common language isn’t enough, you need to share the why, make is a collaborative, understand and write with use in mind, etc. By Frederick O’Brien.
The State of UX in 2024 (22min) by Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga, I like that it’s not all “doom and gloom” like so many articles I saw this year but goes into what designers can do to survive or even thrive in the evolving landscape.
HTML: The Bad Parts (8min) some HTML elements that might have an annoying behavior for users, or worse, have accessibility issues by Mayank. I really don’t get what they did with the placeholder, for me there’s no use case where it’s not annoying or useless for the users.
Keyboard accessibility myths and WCAG (10min) “WCAG itself doesn’t require that each and every interactive control is keyboard accessible. Rather, WCAG only requires that the functionality associated with a task can be completed using the keyboard alone. In some cases, this may mean providing additional ways that will allow people who cannot use a mouse, touch, or a similar pointing device to complete the task.”
Forget for folks with ADHD, a small tool that acts as a sidebar to help us get work, with a sweat little dopamine release at the end. Yeah.
Useful tools & resources
My Must Have VSCode Plugins Nicole Zonnenberg shares a couple of very nice VScode plugins. I love the auto rename tags, I often rename <b> to <strong> when copy pasting articles from gdoc to WordPress and have to manually replace those. Lifesaver!
webdesigner.tools another aggregator of design tools, from color to typography, icons, illustration, inspiration, stock videos and more.
Lost in Translation: Tips for Multilingual Web Accessibility (22min) nice tutorial by Ben Myers to help you prepare for multilingual websites: declare lang attribute, support alternative directions, use CSS to prepare for expansion of layout and buttons, use readable typography, ensure your screen reader content is translated too (aria-labels and such)
Latest news in the industry
Accessibility overlays: a strong statement from the European commission, stating that accessible overlays are no substitute for manually fixing your site, and an overlay won’t make your website meet the 2025 European directive on accessibility. So, what does it mean? If you have a site, selling things to people in Europe in 2025, the overlay won’t save you from a potential lawsuit.
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