+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 44, April 28, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 44 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: EVALUATION and TESTING.
08: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Ramps Gone Wrong – The Problem of Putting Accessibility Guidelines
Ahead of User Experience
By Mark Palmer.
“Mark shares a cringe-worthy but illuminating example of how
compliance and guidelines can get in the way of good user
Interactive WCAG 2.0
“A filterable and sharable version of the WCAG 2.0 specification.”
Web Accessibility – Does Your Site Meet the Standards?
By Julia Haas.
“The name itself pretty much explains it – web accessibility means
making the web accessible to anyone and everyone, including people
How to Make Accessible Websites
By Ken Nakata.
“One out of every five adults has a disability, according to a study
published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…”
A new accessible technology section has been added to the ADA.gov website.
Translating Accessibility Issues Into Agile Solutions
By Matt Isner.
“…we learned how to augment the manner in which we identify and
deliver accessibility issues to our customers’ development teams, and
the results have been tangible improvements in ease of understanding
and accuracy of remediation…”
Blind Students Sue BarBri, Demand Equal Access to Bar Prep Services
By Washington Lawyers’ Committee.
“The Washington Lawyers’ Committee (WLC) and the Texas Civil Rights
Project (TCRP) filed a lawsuit today on behalf of several blind law
students and graduates against BarBri, the biggest bar exam
preparation company in the nation…”
+02: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Create a UX Measurement Plan
By Jeff Sauro.
“Whether you’re introducing how to measure user experience to an
organization or trying to advance the maturity of your UX practice,
you need a plan for measuring and improving the user experience.”
Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy
May 16–June 13, 2016.
Screen Reader Support for New HTML5 Section Elements
By Becky Gibson.
“…The new HTML5 section elements are well supported on Windows 10 in
Chrome and Firefox and fairly well supported in IE 11 with the JAWS
and NVDA screen readers. VoiceOver and Safari also support these
elements. Let’s hope that Edge will provide the necessary underlying
Using the ARIA Application Role
By Leonie Watson.
“The ARIA application role changes the way screen readers interact
with web content. Several good articles explain (rightly) why the
application role should be used with caution, but this post looks at a
use case where the application role is used to good effect.”
By Derek Featherstone.
“Our post last week about the pitfalls of ARIA tabs pushed some
buttons in the accessibility community. This week, Derek responds to
the reactions and shares why we felt it was important to publish
something that made our readers uncomfortable….”
By Rasmus Schultz.
think the majority of us agree on that much. But everyone has a
different opinion on what precisely the shortcomings are…”
By A Humaan Project.
“Modaal is a WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessible modal window plugin…”
University Websites: Top 10 Design Guidelines
By Katie Sherwin.
“Effective university websites can increase conversions, strengthen
institutional credibility and brand, improve user satisfaction, and
save time and money.”
Fresh Start Effect – How to Motivate Users with New Beginnings
By Katie Sherwin.
Clean slates encourage people to pursue their goals. Designers can
leverage this tendency by adjusting message timing and content.
Customer Experience is All About Speed
By Gerry McGovern.
“…The minds that are truly focused on customer experience are
thinking in milliseconds. Speed, simplicity and usefulness are the
defining characteristics of great Web brands.”
Add to Cart vs. Add to Bag – Which Button Label to Use
By UX Movement.
“There’s one thing all ecommerce sites have in common. You have to
click a button to select the items you want to purchase. But the text
labels on the buttons aren’t always the same. Some sites offer users
an ‘Add to Cart’ button while other sites offer an ‘Add to Bag’
button. Does this difference in button label terminology affect user
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+08: 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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