In total I’ve been speaking about Kodsmuts three times this spring. Last time was in Gothenburg at Drupal Camp. I got a question on Twitter after my session from @vincic who wanted to know if I used any special tools to find Kodsmuts. I realized the answer was too long for a tweet and promised to blog about it. This is me fulfilling that promise. Sorry it took a while.
Now I don’t really think I use any fancy tools to check web sites so don’t be disappointed. I’m just going to tell you the way it is. Here it goes.
For you lazy people with no time. Here is a TL;DR. Everyone else move on. Some of the so-called tools I use to review web sites includes view source on a desktop browser and using a js-bookmarklet on my phone. Dev tools in Chrome is great for minified resources and for debugging. My keyboard, VoiceOver, Contrast Ratio and Color Oracle for basic a11y-testing. And of course Google to check some SEO.
I did add line breaks to make it more readable but if you’d like to use it you better remove the line breaks.
Viewing Minified Resources
I often use VoiceOver if I suspect something is off. It’s a real good tool to see if the page is logic and not full of hidden things that might destroy the user experience. Cmd+F5 to open up VO and Ctrl+Alt+A to go through it all and Tab for jumping between links. Easy. Now of course VO is for Mac only. If you are on Windows use NVDA.
To check contrast nowadays I use Lea Verous Contrast Ratio site. I used Jonathan Snooks tool before. As for color blindness I got a nifty tool called Color Oracle which is very simple but I think it’s good enough for quick checks.
I check the most common things with my keyboard like if the tabbing feels logical and if it’s obvious where on the page I got my focus.
I often use Google to search for things related to a web site to see how they do when it comes to SEO. Do I get good hits? Is the description good enough? If not what might be he reason? I know a lot of web developers think SEO is kind of shady business. But many sites get most of their visitors from Google so you need to check this.
That’s it folks. Keep it clean and healthy out there!