+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 45, May 5, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 45 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Integrate Accessibility Into Teaching Practices, Says Field Expert
“Accessibility should be weaved into more educational curriculums and
demonstrated in teaching, a specialist consultant told delegates at a
Beyond Access: Facebook’s Automated Image Descriptions and Disability Justice
By Tasha Raella.
“Two weeks ago, Facebook launched Automatic Alternative Text, or AAT,
a tool that provides automated image descriptions for blind users…”
Web Accessibility Will Now be the Law of the Land in Europe
By Dita Charanzova.
“On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more
than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web
accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a
victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes
ACB Calls for Further DOJ Action on Web Access
By American Council of the Blind.
“ACB Calls for Further DOJ Action on Web Access..”
U.S. Government Again Puts Web Accessibility Guidelines On Back Burner
By David Bolton.
“Promised years ago, the guidelines are nowhere in sight…”
Web Reg ‘Do Over?’: DOJ Withdraws Title II Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, Issues Supplemental Advanced Notice Seeking Further
By Kristina M. Launey and Minh Vu.
“Public entities and private businesses have been waiting for years –
since 2010 – for the Department of Justice to issue regulations
setting a standard for website accessibility. The DOJ has announced
that it is stepping backward rather than moving forward in that
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
An Ultimate Guide To CSS Pseudo-Classes And Pseudo-Elements
By Ricardo Zea.
“…I want to share with you in a very friendly, casual, non-dogmatic
way a CSS reference guide to pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements…”
Meaningful CSS: Style Like You Mean It
By Tim Baxter.
“Our markup too often remains a snarl of divs, our CSS a chaos of
classes. Tim Baxter urges us to move beyond that. We can use real
objects now instead of abstract representations. We can write CSS to
support our markup instead of the other way around, and both can be
more semantic and meaningful. The browser support is there; the
standards are in place. Only habit is stopping us.”
How to Measure Color Contrast, for Web Accessibility
By Joseph C. Dolson.
“The essence of accessible color contrast is simple…”
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
My Post-CSUN Comparison of Web Accessibility Checkers
By Terrill Thompson.
“… I found myself wondering how the various accessibility checkers
would do with a web page like AU’s ‘before’ page, the page with at
least 18 known accessibility problems. I decided to find out…”
Measuring Usability With The System Usability Scale (SUS)
By Jeff Sauro.
“It is the 30th anniversary of the creation of the most used
questionnaire for measuring perceptions of usability. The System
Usability Scale (SUS) was released into this world by John Brooke in
1986. It has become an industry standard with references in over 600
Visualizing Data: Raw vs Difference Scores
By Jeff Sauro.
“One of the best ways to make metrics more meaningful is to compare
them to something…”
Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW)
June 21-23, 2016.
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Web Accessibility Training
July 19-20, 2016.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
+06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
Designing and Wireframing
By John Stevens.
“…Content is what matters on a website. Not the design. Content.
People come for the content. They don’t come for the design. The
design is only a vehicle to deliver the content. Never start with how
your website looks. Start with content. Content. Content. Content.”
Creating a Content Inventory: A Journey Through the Five Stages of Grief
By Gayle Frassenei.
“I challenge anyone to pick up a book about content strategy and not
encounter the words ‘content inventory’ within the first few
By Eric Elliott.
“Unit tests, integration tests, and functional tests are all types of
automated tests which form essential cornerstones of continuous
delivery, a development methodology that allows you to safely ship
changes to production in days or hours rather than months or years…”
The Current State of Web Forms
By Kevin Suttle.
“In working with web forms, the same sorts of edge cases seem to
appear repeatedly, and (at least) I find myself waffling on how to
The Contributions of Others: A Session with Jeremy Keith
By An Event Apart.
“…I’ve found that on the web, it’s best to assume nothing. That
might sound like a scary prospect, but it’s actually quite liberating.
Giving up on ‘pixel-perfect’ control doesn’t mean giving up on
quality. Quite the opposite: it means treating the web for what it is,
not what we wish it were…”
Stop Maiming Bodies – The Perils of Pixel Font-Size
By Tim Severien.
“…To make the web great for the visual impaired or those with a
reading disability, we have to use relative units.”
Website Forms Usability: Top 10 Recommendations
By Kathryn Whitenton.
“Follow these well-established – but frequently ignored – guidelines
to ensure users can successfully complete your website forms.”
The Role of Enhancement in Web Design
By Raluca Budiu.
“An enhancement is a user-interface feature that speeds up or enriches
the interaction on some platforms for some users. Enhancements take
advantage of special user or device capabilities and need to be backed
up by more traditional ways of implementing the same interaction.”
125 Easy Tweaks to Optimize Your Website’s Usability Today
By Nick Kolenda.
“Welcome to a huge resource on user experience (UX), user interfaces
(UI), and interaction design…”
UX and UI Principles
By John Stevens.
“…UX is about user goals…Not as much your goals…User goals…”
Your Website is the Web
By Gerry McGovern.
“…If you want to make things really findable you bring them as close
to the consumer as possible. To maximize findability you must minimize
the need to search. It’s there, exactly where the consumer is. It is
placed at the point of consumption so its chances of being consumed
Making the Switch Away from Icon Fonts to SVG: Converting Font Icons to SVG
By Sara Soueidan.
“If you’re reading this article, then I can probably assume you’ve
already decided to switch from using fonts for icons to an SVG icon
system. Or maybe you’re pondering the idea and want to get an overview
of how that would be done and whether or not it’s worth it. Either
way, this post is here to help you with that…”
SVG Clipping Paths
By Steven Bradley.
“…The good news is, all browsers support SVG in general and clipping
Why JPEGs are like McDonalds Apple Pies (and SVGs are not)
By Alex Walker.
“SVG isn’t an image format – it’s more of an image recipe…”
[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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