Tools & Resources
Here are some of my favourite tools and places on the internet. Partly to share with the world, and as a note for my future self!
- Support Details - what browser, environment does your customer have? Get them to visit this url and you have all the answers.
- Doodle.com - find time slots for meetings efficiently.
- World Time Buddy - ever had headaches with working out times in multiple timezones? This is the answer.
- Time is - what time is it in any city.
Visual and creative resources
- Drupal Image Bank - Drupal's FREE (Creative Commons) image library
- Unsplash - Creative Commons image library
- Flaticon - Free UX icons
- Pixabay - Free image library
- Biteable - making creating kinetic videos childsplay AND it's free.
- Icon Finder - free icons to brighten up your presentation slides
- Draw.io - browser based wire-framing tool with Google Docs and Jira integrations.
- placeit.net - superimpose your own screenshots or grab urls onto professional photos of devices.
Readability and writing tools
- Hemingwayapp - Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors.
- The Readability Test Tool - Benchmarks web pages for the level of English skill required to understand content on a page.
- Flesch Reading Score - quantifies reading difficulty of a text.
- Youtube Time - helper to generate urls which link to specific times in YouTube videos
- Youtube to MP4 converter - watch DrupalCon sessions on the plane.
Online Workshops / Research
- Sli.do - Tool for live conference audience interactions.
- RealtimeBoard - Online collaborative white boarding tool.
- TypeKit - Rapid creation of impressive web surveys and forms. I like to use it for prototyping complex workflows and user testing before developing a permanent solution.
- Wappalyzer - chrome extension to detect technologies behind web sites.
- Sitemap generator - Perfect for auditing sites / generating XML sitemaps
- Page Load Time - by Pingdom.
- Recordit - screen capture tool ideal for recording issues with websites for demos, raising bugs or training.
Accessibility / Compliance
- Design advice for developers - Good list of resources and further reading.
- tota11y - helps visualise how your site performs with assistive technologies
- WCAG Contrast Ratio Checker - Compares 2 colours and reports compliance with WCAG standards.
- Colour Contrast Check - Jonathan Snook's colour contrast tool which reports WCAG compliance for foreground and a background colours.
- WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist - Helpful checklist in assuring compliance to WCAG standards.
- Tanaguru - an automated accessibility grading tool.
- Color Contrast Analyzer for Chrome - Assists in achieving WCAG compliance for accessibility.
- WebAIM - tool for accessibility checking.
- Rev Video captioning service at $1 per minute
- W3C Mobile Validator
- WCAG 2.0 checklists - incredibly helpful tool to guide AA and AAA compliance.
- wave.webaim.org - Tool to help site owners check accessibility issue
- Fulfillment Beyond Logistics - Solutions to Make Your E-Commerce Store Accessible to People with Disabilities
Drupal compliance resources.
- Drupal PCI Compliance White Paper - valuable resource for anyone capturing payments with Drupal written by Rick Manelius.
- Cookie Choices - Google's site helping digital developers navigate cookie legislation.
- SimplyTest.me - amazing tool allowing you to immediately create sandbox environments and "Evaluate Drupal projects online".
- An Opinionated Guide to Getting Help with Drupal - An exhaustive guide to options as to where to get Drupal help.
- Drupal X-Ray - see under the hood of any Drupal web site
- Beginners help on Reddit - a friendly place for newbies to ask questions
- Pingdom page load time test - profiling tool to test and improve page load times.
- Pimp my Log - Log viewer for your web server.
- Planning Poker - collaborative estimation tool.
- Optimal Sort - online card sorting surveying tool.
Geekery and fun
- Makey Makey - bucket loads of fun for anyone into coding with (big) kids.
Sass services I like
- Shorthand - Remarkable storytelling tool used by big brands. See example
- Fix Bluetooth Unavailable
- The rules of road cycling