Issue 1 – Web Design Weekend Readings

Web Design Weekend Readings – Issue 1

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This is the first issue of my newsletter. In the newsletter, I share some web design readings and thoughts every week.

Menu and MenuItem

In the new HTML5 drafts, some interface elements are introduced. ContextMenu is an interface element that has been available in Firefox. It adds custom menu item when user right-clicks on your page.

This tutorial, introducing <menu> and <menuiten>, shows the possibility of the elements and how you can use it to enhance your web applications. Unfortunately, only Firefox supports the tags right now. You may use a shim if you need the right-click context menu for your next project.

Taking your web app offline

If you are developing a client-side only web application, you might want to enable the offline cache. This allows your users to use the web app with airplane mode on. HTML5 Rocks provides a detail explanation on caching the files and updating the cache. Pie Guy is an HTML5 game that enables the cache manifest. You can try adding it to home screen and play the game while not being online.

CSS is 20 years old

At the month of celebrating CSS being 20 years old, I recommend take a look at the first CSS spec draft to remind ourselves the purpose and vision of the Cascading Stylesheet which has changed our life. I always teach my students in web design course to remember the word Cascading when writing styles.

Animation and Interaction

Thanks to the web browsers’ performance boost and new web technologies, I believe the web will become more dynamic and interactive.

I find and share website that falls into this category every week. This week, we can take a look at the ACNPL which presents immersive interaction with computer generated artworks. It’s a wonderful experience playing with their experiments.

User Experience

The word UX can mean everything. Everything from loading speed, modifying the URL, or bookmarking the website is a user experience.

This month’s CSS-Tricks guest post by Brin Wilson discussed the design strategies when users leave the search box empty. It reminds me the importance of designing the blank state.

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