Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:16:53 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: webdev <email@example.com>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: October 26, 2016
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 15, Issue 18, October 26, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 18 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Handling Common Accessibility Problems
By Chris David Mills.
“… we turn our attention to accessibility, providing information on
common problems, how to do simple testing, and how to make use of
auditing/automation tools for finding accessibility issues…”
Mobile Accessibility Gets a Seat at the Table in Developing Countries
By Ken Nakata.
“In the United States, it’s easy to become focused on the robust web
experience—and making that experience as accessible as possible. But
in the developing world, mobile accessibility is a much bigger driver
and opens opportunities to a far larger number of people…”
About Audio Description
By UC Berkeley.
“Audio description (a.k.a. Descriptive Audio or Descriptive Video) is
required when important information is visually shown on the screen
that cannot be observed by a blind or vision-impaired individual…”
What is “Descriptive Audio”?
By UC Berkeley.
“…’Descriptive audio’ means that your video has additional audio
content that describes aspects of the video that are purely visual and
not accessible to blind or visually-impaired people…”
How People with Low Vision Access Computing Devices: Understanding
Challenges and Opportunities
By Sarit Felicia Anais Szpiro, Shafeka Hashash, Yuhang Zhao, and Shiri Azenkot.
“…Our findings reveal the unique needs of low vision people, which
differ from those of people with no vision and design opportunities
for improving low vision accessibility tools…”
4 Reasons Why an Accessible Website is a Win-Win
By Joel H Crawford-Smith.
“…No matter what your motivation is, everyone benefits from creating
Miami University Reaches Justice Department Consent Decree to Improve
Technology Access for Students with Disabilities
By Karen Farkas.
“OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University, which settled a lawsuit filed by a
blind student, has reached a proposed consent decree with the U.S.
Justice Department to resolve allegations that it violated the
Americans with Disabilities Act by using inaccessible classroom and
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
What is the Difference Between CSS Variables and Preprocessor Variables?
By Chris Coyier.
“Variables are one of the major reasons CSS preprocessors exist at
all. The ability to set a variable for something like a color, use
that variable throughout the CSS you write, and know that it will be
consistent, DRY, and easy to change is useful. You can use native CSS
variables (“CSS Custom Properties”) for the same reasons. But there
are also some important differences that should be made clear…”
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Can We Use the Same Participant in Usability Tests Multiple Times? (Video)
By Kara Pernice.
“Kara Pernice answered this frequently-asked question at the UX
Conference in Atlanta…”
By Susan Farrell.
“Field research is conducted in the user’s context and location. Learn
the unexpected by leaving the office and observing people in their
Design Critiques: Encourage a Positive Culture to Improve Products
By Sarah Gibbons.
“Open feedback is essential for a collaborative UX process. However,
sharing unfinished work is naturally uncomfortable and often generates
tension. The right facilitation process can foster an efficient,
honest feedback loop.”
Know What You’re Up Against With Competitive Testing
By Cindy McCracken.
“You can learn a lot from your competition…”
Las Vegas UX Conference
February 26-March 2, 2017.
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
CSUN Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
February 27-March 4, 2017.
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
February 28-March 2, 2017.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
March 8-10, 2017
aria-selected – When (Not) to Use It
By Stefan Judis.
“as James Williamson tweeted today: ‘The biggest misconception about
accessibility is that by adding it you’re doing somebody a favor.
You’re not, you’re doing your job.’…”
jQuery Accessible Accordion System, Using ARIA
By Nicolas Hoffmann.
“… major refactoring, thanks to the fantastic work made by Yvain Liechti…”
Jakob Nielsen: AI’s Impact on New Technologies (Video)
By Jakob Nielsen.
“Jakob Nielsen answers an audience question about artificial
intelligence and its impact on new technologies. (From the UX
Conference in New York.)”
The Internet Is For Everyone
By Nicole Dominguez.
“…By design, the web is for everyone; so let’s make sure everyone
can experience it.”
Is the Underlined Link Hurting Readability?
By Cassandra Naji.
“…Don’t underline text that isn’t a link. Use different colors for
visited and unvisited links. Make links accessible by writing semantic
HTML. Write specific messages for your links, that indicate where the
user will be directed (avoid uninformative phrases such as ‘click
here’). Keep linked phrases short, 3-5 words…”
The UX Challenges in Designing for Millennials (Video)
By Kate Meyer.
“Kate Meyer, User Experience Specialist at Nielsen Norman Group,
explains the UX challenges in designing for young adults, based on our
extensive user research with this target audience…”
The Negativity Bias in User Experience
By Hoa Loranger.
“People remember the bad more than the good. Users’ tendency to
identify flaws in designs raises the bar for what they consider
How to Build Honest UIs and Help Users Make Better Decisions
By Graeme Fulton.
“…giving users control and staying transparent are key to
maintaining trust. What do you think about dark patterns used in
Form Field Usability: Should You Use Single or Multi-Column Forms?
By Ben Labay.
“…If you’re using multi-column forms, or thinking of, don’t. The
more linear the better.”
Icons As Part Of A Great User Experience
By Nick Babich.
“…Icons can save space by reducing text, but at the price of
recognition. An icon can represent a thousand different words, and
that is exactly the problem…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: 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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Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
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