+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 15, Issue 02, July 07, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 02 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
05: EVALUATION & TESTING.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Why You Can’t Discuss Online Learning Without Discussing Video
Accessibility; But What’s Really Required?
By Justin Beck.
“…The Harvard, MIT, and Netflix cases all make it clear that any
public-facing materials must be properly captioned. This is no longer
a nice-to-have: any campus that is not working on getting all of its
public-facing materials captioned to ADA-508 compliance is sitting on
a ticking time bomb. This isn’t just a matter of academic materials,
either: schools should be looking at their marketing materials, alumni
relations, and campus news videos as well…”
Ways to Make a UI Accessible-Part I
By Chris Pearce.
“This follows on from my ‘Let’s Try Harder With Web Accessibility’
article and will focus on practical tips you can apply in an effort to
make your UI more accessible…”
Responses To The Screen Reader Strategy Survey
By Heydon Pickering.
“In September of last year, I decided I wanted to hear stories about
how screen reader users access The Web. I suspected, as a sighted web
user, I made a lot of incorrect assumptions. Accordingly, I composed
seven questions to find out about strategies for reading and
Unlabelled Search Fields
By Jeremy Keith.
“Adam Silver is writing a book on forms-you may be familiar with his
previous book on maintainable CSS. In a recent article (that for some
reason isn’t on his blog), he looks at markup patterns for search
forms and advocates that we should always use a label. I agree. But
for some reason, we keep getting handed designs that show unlabelled
The Tech Industry Is in Desperate Need of an Accessibility Upgrade
By Cameron Glover.
“Despite its universal appeal, tech still has a long way to go when it
comes to properly including marginalized individuals into the creation
and development process, as well as recognizing them as an important
part of the user demographic.”
Feds Call Out Juneau Schools Website for Inaccessibility to People
with Low Vision, Deafness
By Quinton Chandler.
“The federal government is cracking down on the Juneau School District
because its website discriminates against people with disabilities…”
Michigan Woman Fights for Accessible Websites in U.S. School Districts
By Lori Higgins.
“School districts across the U.S., be warned: If your websites aren’t
accessible to people with disabilities, Marcie Lipsitt is ready to
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Generated Content Initial Rewrite
By Elika Etemad (fantasai).
“New features include: leaders, cross-referenced counters, named
strings, bookmark control, plus a handy new syntax for alternate text:
content: url(sparkle.png) / “New!”;”
An Introduction To Sass Data Types, Operators, and Functions
By Steven Bradley.
“I’m the last person to call myself a programmer, but I have learned
the basics of a handful of programming languages over the years. One
topic important to all of them is the different data types you can
work with and how the language allows you to manipulate them.”
Improving Color on the Web
By Dean Jackson.
“…Wide-gamut displays have arrived and are the future of computing
devices. As your audience using these beautiful displays grows, you’ll
want to take advantage of the stunning range of colors on offer and
provide users with a more engaging Web experience…”
The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding
By Gregory Ciotti.
“The psychology of color as it relates to persuasion is one of the
most interesting - and most controversial - aspects of marketing…”
Creating Accessible Web Content in Dreamweaver
“Dreamweaver is a popular web authoring tool developed by Adobe. It is
often used as a WYSISYG (What you see is what you get) editor, meaning
it allows people to create web pages without spending as much time in
the markup or code. This tutorial outlines how to create accessible
web content in Dreamweaver…”
+05: EVALUATION & TESTING.
The Two Questions We Answer With User Research
By David Travis.
“Fundamentally, all user research answers one of two questions: (a)
Who are our users and what are they trying to do? (b) Can people use
the thing we’ve designed to solve their problem? You answer the first
question with a field visit and you answer the second question with a
5 Steps for Getting Started with Statistics for Research
By Jeff Sauro.
“Most participants at our UX Boot Camp go from little knowledge of
statistics to running statistical comparisons in just three days.
Here’s the path we take participants on…”
Mobile Site Accessibility: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
July 26, 2016.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
October 11-12, 2016.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
October 17-19, 2016.
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
CSS Dev Conference
October 17-19, 2016.
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
World Usability Congress
October 18-19, 2016.
Interact London 2016
October 18-19, 2016.
London, England, United Kingdom
October 20-22, 2016.
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
HTML 5.2 (Editor’s Draft)
By Editors: Steve Faulkner, Arron Eicholz, Travis Leithead, Alex Danilo.
“…This specification defines the 5th major version, second minor
revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext
Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features continue to be
introduced to help Web application authors, new elements continue to
be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices,
and special attention continues to be given to defining clear
conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve
A11y Support Series, Part 1: ARIA Tab Panel Accessibility
By Paul J. Adam.
“The following post is the first in Paul Adam’s new blog post series,
‘WAI-ARIA Widgets, Design Patterns, and Accessibility Support .’ This
series will outline how to build many of the different Custom Controls
and Widgets defined in the WAI-ARIA 1.1 Specification from the W3C,
and what screen readers they’re compatible with.”
By Samier Saeed.
the most quickly evolving, looking less like its earliest iterations
and more like Python with every new spec put forth by ECMA
How Does Google ‘Communicate’?
By Gerry McGovern.
“…Focus on the content that is integral to making the product or
service itself easy to use. And do you know what that often means from
a content point of view? Creating clear menus and links.”
The Evidence-Based UX Design Guide
By Matt Isherwood.
“Good UX design requires you know what your users are doing and
thinking. You need to make decisions based on evidence not guesswork.”
Why are Drop-Downs and Select Boxes Bad for Forms
By Hazel Bolton.
“Find out how drop-down menus and select boxes can hurt the user
experience and in some cases make your form unusable….”
Brand Is Experience in the Digital Age
By Kate Williamson.
“While branding has been around since people began buying and trading
goods, the definition has evolved in the Digital Age. Consumers now
have a wider range of interaction with companies and greater choice in
product selection. Today, brand is the holistic sum of customers’
experiences, composed of visual, tonal and behavioral brand
components, many of which are shaped by interaction design.”
By Heather Migliorisi.
“Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is emerging as the preferred graphic
format to use on the web today. Are you abandoning the icon font or
replacing old pg, gif and png graphics for the well-supported SVG,
too? Let’s see how this will impact users of assistive technology (AT)
and what is needed in order to ensure a great user experience for
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
Cascading Style Sheets Information.
Evaluation & Testing Information.
Information Architecture Information.
Miscellaneous Web Information.
Sites & Blogs Listing.
Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information.
[Section two ends.]
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