This week, I had my first knowledge sharing session with my digital teammates at HY Connect. I presented a high-level overview of all the things I like to pay attention to during the course of a project.  I was gathering a list of resources to email to the team and figured  it might be worthwhile to share here on the blog as well. This is by no means comprehensive, but represents what I feel is a good spread of the various aspects of a build where the development team can help drive quality.

TOOLS I LOVE

XScope App

Measuring pixels, checking folds and testing common visual impairments

iconfactory.com/software/xscope

ImageAlpha

Shrinks PNG files with magic!

pngmini.com

ImageOptim

Shrink images by removing meta data and other software and OS file cruft
imageoptim.com

Litmus

Screenshots for quick crossbrowser testing of pages and emails
litmus.com

ACCESSIBILITY

These are the standards. They are deep, but worth getting to know. In 2012, the Justice Department began planning for incorporating UI accessibility into the ADA.

WCAG 2.0: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/glance/

ARIA 1.0: Accessible Rich Internet Applications
www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria.php

The list of litigation is growing, so I would expect to continue to see a growing interest in accessibility compliance.

Target Settles Accessibility Lawsuit for $6 Million
www.sitepoint.com/target-settles-accessibility-lawsuit-for-6-million/

Accessibility Lawsuit Filed Against JetBlue Airways
lflegal.com/2010/10/jet-blue/

List of several cases
www.karlgroves.com/2011/11/15/list-of-web-accessibility-related-litigation-and-settlements/

PERFORMANCE

Google Speed Labs

developers.google.com/speed

Yahoo YSlow!

Great browser plugin for grading site performance and best practices documentation

developer.yahoo.com/performance/
developer.yahoo.com/yslow/

Performance thought leaders

Tom Hughes-Croucher
@sh1mmer
kid666.com

His presentations are great. I would jump at the chance to be in any conference session he is presenting.

Steve Souders
stevesouders.com
@souders

A bit more technical, but worth following for insight into tools, evidence and interesting real world testing.

SEARCH

SEOmoz

@SEOmoz
seomoz.org

Probably the single best resource on the web.

Search Engine Land

@sengineland
searchengineland.com

SEO thought leaders

Eric Enge
@ericenge

Stephan Spencer
@sspencer

Rand Fishkin
@randfish

Jessie Stricchiola
@Itstricchi

Matt Cutts
mattcutts.com
@mattcutts

Semantic Microformatting

microformats.org

SOCIAL

These are documentation of the Open Graph meta data to turn content into social objects

ogp.me
developers.facebook.com/docs/opengraphprotocol