Wednesday Wisdom


Reduced Motion Design

Modern web browsers now support a wide range of CSS and JavaScript properties that can create awesome interactive features and animations. However, it is important to keep accessibility in mind and realize that some people have sensitivities to too much motion. Yesterday's post on Smashing Magazine outlined how to use the prefers-reduced-motion media query to take these users into account. The feature has fairly good support now across browsers (sorry IE users) and can be used in both CSS and JavaScript.

Linking to the Web Archive

When linking to an internal page on your website you can be confident that the content will always be there, or at least be redirected to. But when you link to an outside resource you are at the mercy of that website owner, or are you? A post on Monday from Hawaii GenTech brought up the interesting idea of linking to a web archive version of that page to ensure consistency, avoid broken links, and perhaps have better link authority. What do you think: should you link to an archive like the WaybackMachine or to the direct source?

Improving Client Communication

Quality communication with your client is the key to any successful project. Finding that perfect zone of not over-communicating or under-communicating can be challenging for many, especially those newer to client interactions. Last week SpeckyBoy published a post about how to improve client communications to avoid wasting your time and the client's. For example, being very specific about your services up-front can help avoid headaches down the line.