Last week, I met up with fellow Theme Wranglers, my team at Automattic, in Lisbon Portugal. We hacked on a cool, new project and talked a lot about themes. Here are a few shots from the trip.
Lately, as I’ve built out the latest WordPress theme I’m working on, I’ve thought, “Do I really need to use jQuery for this?” I’ve had a hard time answering it.
That said, for my latest WordPress theme, the answer is still, “Maybe.” I still have to explore some functionality that may be better accomplished with the help of jQuery. Anyway, I recommend giving the post a read because if anything, it will help you think about some of the misconceptions and advantages of jQuery.
Bruce Lawson gave a keynote talk recently at Velocity Conference in Amsterdam called Ensuring a High Performing Web for the Next Billion People that you should watch. He’s written a blog post discussing the talk a bit if you’d like more information.
It’s fantastic because it touches on all the parts of the Web that we know have nearly limitless potential, but that we haven’t yet figured out how to do well consistently. These are things like performance, accessibility, progressive enhancement, embracing a multi-device world and more. We have much to do, so it’s hard not to be excited about bringing the Web to a truly global audience.
More than a month ago, I launched Accessibility Weekly with the hope of making the field of web accessibility easier to learn and follow. I’ve had a blast watching the list steadily grow and receiving a handful of emails and tweets with positive feedback.
That said, I want to keep experimenting with Accessibility Weekly and hone in on one of the biggest reasons I started it in the first place. To give those new and/or interested in accessibility a way in.
So if you’re a subscriber, expect some tweaks in format. The first thing I plan to do is expanding the “New to A11y” section, making it a short article or a series of links with a theme. Fear not though, I still plan to mix in valuable tips and links for veterans in the field.
Newslettering vs. Blogging
What’s it like writing a newsletter now that I have a few to my name? Like most writing: it’s hard. Hard most days, really hard other days. I’ve relied on a handful of evergreen posts from this blog to help fill the gap when I don’t have the energy to put something original together. I feel guilty about that, but I’d rather send something of value than something that’s too rough around the edges. Granted, I don’t have to put much original writing in Accessbility Weekly, but the curating of links takes time too. I see it as just as important as any original tip I share. I want to provide both knowledge and share other’s knowledge. As the newsletter goes forward, I see it as an extension of my writing here. One fuels the other to fuel the other, so to speak.
If you have ideas or something you want to see in Accessibility Weekly, just let me know on Twitter or send me an email via my contact page.
I don’t read Brain Pickings often, but usually catch a post here and there, especially those centered on creative writing. I really enjoyed this recent post marking the blog’s ninth aniversary and what its author Maria Popova has learned during that time.
Ars Technica has a neat post on the history of CSS color names. I always wondered why certain colors ended up in the spec and how they got names that seemed so unique.
I’m excited to share I’ll be speaking at WordCamp US 2015! I’m working on a talk called, Themes are for Users, all about the user experience around WordPress themes. I hope to see you there!
This is my first “big” WordCamp as I never attended WordCamp San Francisco, so I’ll get to meet a lot of people in person for the first time. If we’ve interacted in the WordPress community over the years, please come say “Hello!” :)
Many awesome people in the WordPress community have put a lot of work into Twenty Sixteen, the next default theme. Guess what? It’s in beta now, so time to take an extra long peek and see if you can break it.