Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a writer, WWII pilot, and general designer-of-things. Perhaps you’re familiar with his quote, “‘Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” I think about this quote a lot in my work, and it informs our product decisions at
Scott is a WordPress theme and plugin developer with a penchant for connecting the dots between services like MailChimp, Cloudflare, and GoDaddy. He has been published in A List Apart and CSS-Tricks.
For the past couple of months, we have been working on making our platform compatible with Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) format. If you’re not familiar with AMP, I think it’s fair to summarize it thusly: The practice of offering your website in a special format that Google invented, so that your Google SERP’s (search…
No kidding, there I was, checking my email, when I saw it:
[RESPONSE REQUIRED] You’ve been selected as a speaker for WordCamp Maine!
It’s more or less my professional goal to infiltrate the inner circles of the WordPress community, so this came as good news. Even better, I already had my topic prepared because I’d written it…
I’ve been writing WordPress themes and plugins for about a decade and recently I’ve been putting more effort into curating a personal “boilerplate” folder for new themes and plugins. In reading through it, I can see what concepts and components have become habitual for me, regardless of the subject matter of the project.
- Some `Constant`
Some years ago when I first interviewed with LexBlog, the CTO reiterated several times that he really wanted me to be fluent in plugins, in addition to themes. I knew my way around plugins generally, but I liked the vibe I got from the interview and I wanted the job to work out well, so…
Accessibility, also known as “a11y”, refers to how well a website functions for people with disabilities. Common examples of disabilities in this space include visual conditions like color-blindness, vestibular conditions like animation nausea, and motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy, which happens to be the focus of this article.
I am tasked with creating a “jump menu” for navigating tag archives. Something like this:
There is no submit button. By merely selecting a menu item, the page navigates to that particular tag archive. The premise of this UI is that, by not having to click a “submit” button, we save the user time and decision-making, hopefully improving the experience.
This all works well enough, assuming you’re using a mouse. But what happens if you’re using a keyboard? …
The Global Object
We kick off a plugin/theme JS file with a global that is namespaced for that project, containing handy functions used throughout. Example:
I was looking forward to writing about an intriguing bug in the new FireFox Quantum browser. I was looking forward to depicting the obscure CSS syntax that it bungles, and I was looking forward to explaining just what I plan to do about that. Given the rash of workplace abuses in the news lately, I’m…
I often work with exactly one plugin active, other than the plugin I’m working on and its dependencies. That plugin is Query Monitor. QM adds a button to the admin bar that turns red when I make mistake, and reveals a treasure land of begun info when I click on it.
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I try not to get overly technical in this space, but when I get a chance to implement one of my very favorite programming techniques, I have a hard time keeping it to myself. I want to tell you about recursion. Per wikipedia:
A common method of simplification is to divide a problem into subproblems of the same type […] where problems are solved by solving smaller and smaller instances.
Here’s the example. Earlier this week I was dealing with a problem where I needed to turn the english words “true” and “false” into the boolean values
false. This would be easy enough to do if it were simply one instance of the words: