Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:28:30 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <[log in to unmask]>
To: webdev <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: January 6, 2016
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 14, Issue 28, January 6, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 28 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.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Shaping the WCAG 2.0 Extensions
By Michael Cooper.
"...Your input on these extension requirements is important to the
ultimate success of the extensions. Please review and comment on these
proposed requirements. The Working Group requests input by 5 February
2016 so it can address any issues raised and turn its focus fully onto
the extensions themselves."
"We have updated our evaluation quick reference..."
15 Website Accessibility Tips That Increase Everyone's Engagement
By Rashaud Brooks.
"...Ultimately, compliance with the DOJ and the American Disabilities
Act (ADA) is not just about better serving the individuals with vision
or hearing issues-it's about providing a better web user experience
Woe-ARIA - The Surprisingly but Ridiculously Complicated World of
By Jamie Teh.
"Let's take aria-label and aria-labelledby. They're awesome. Authors
can just use them to make screen readers speak the right thing.
Simple, right? Not at all. I wish it were that simple, but it is so,
so much more complicated than that..."
Woe-ARIA: aria-describedby: To Report or Not to Report?
By Jamie Teh.
"In my last post, I waxed lyrical about the surprising complexity of
the seemingly simple aria-label/ledby. Thanks to those who took the
time to read it and provide their valuable thoughts. In particular,
Steve Faulkner commented..."
What Should an AT Convey to Users?
By Steve Faulkner.
"A Work in progress..."
The High Cost of Digital Discrimination
By Jonathon Hensley.
"Netflix, Disney and Target have all faced lawsuits alleging their
websites offer poor accessibility for the disabled. It makes no sense
to wait for US guidelines, now expected in 2018, to end an era of
V&L Live - End of Year Special (Video)
By Karl Groves & Billy Gregory.
"Hangout with Karl Groves & Billy Gregory (aka The Viking and the
Lumberjack) for our very first "V&L Live". We'll be introducing this
monthly Hangout, talk about future plans and more. We'll recap the
state of accessibility in 2015, make some predictions for 2016, and
risk our day jobs..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Blending Modes Demystified
By Justin McDowell.
"In an ideal world, we'd be able to modify a design or graphic for the
web while keeping the original intact, all without opening an image
editor. We'd save tons of time by not having to manually reprocess
graphics whenever we changed stuff. Graphics could be neatly
specified, maintained, and manipulated with just a few licks of CSS.
Oh. Wait. We can do that! Justin McDowell gives us the lowdown on
How to Design for Color Blindness
"Around 8-10% of males and 0.5% of females have some form of color blindness..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
How to Determine the Right Number of Participants for Usability Studies
By Janet M. Six and Ritch Macefield.
"UX researchers and other project stakeholders often fervently debate
the number of participants that are necessary for usability
An Event Apart Washington DC
July 25-27, 2016.
Washington DC, U.S.A.
eduWeb Digital Summit
August 1-4, 2016.
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
On Accessibility and the Lack of Proper HTML
By Ian Devlin.
"When Ethan Marcotte first wrote about responsive web design back in
May 2010, the development world cheered, embraced what he said, and
went forth and built sites responsively. This, of course, was a good
thing, as making websites available to more people, regardless of
their screen size is fundamental in making the web accessible to all.
But wait. There's that word; accessibility..."
Simple Inline Error Message Pattern
By Steve Faulkner.
"...Using simple HTML, with a little ARIA polyfil magic if you want to
get fancy, you can robustly associate error messages with controls and
ensure that users get the message every time."
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"...The placeholder attribute should not be used as an alternative to
Managing the Private Data of ES6 Classes
By Axel Rauschmayer.
"This blog post explains four approaches for managing private data for
Preparing for ECMAScript 6 - Proxies
By Craig Buckler.
"In computing terms, a proxy sits between you and the thing you are
5 Ways Web Apps and Sites Are the Same and Different
By Simon St. Laurent.
"How similarity can both unite and divide as developers seek greater
control over delivery..."
Is the Hamburger Menu a Problem?
By Tri Branch Vo.
"...As you might expect, it's a two-edged sword. As a positive (to
some users), it helps to hide clutter and unnecessary actions. As a
negative (to some users), it hides actions that they may deem
PHP Arrays - the Basics
By Michelangelo van Dam.
"In 2015 we celebrated the twentieth birthday of PHP and we even had
the release of php-7.0.0..."
Compare Fonts for Use on Your Website
By Karen Mardahl.
"Will the fonts that you chose for your website appear as you expect
them to when viewed on someone else's computer?..."
Millennials as Digital Natives - Myths and Realities
By Kate Meyer.
"Millennials have high expectations about user interfaces and are
confident in their skills, but they're error prone and their tendency
to multitask reduces their task efficiency."
10 Key Mobile UX Design Principles
By Neil Turner.
"...Obviously there is a lot more to think about than just these 10
design principles, but they're a pretty good place to start..."
The Pointer is a Tool for Tracking Gaze and Fixations As Well as
Activating Interactive Controls
By Sarah Horton.
"...In this context, elements that display on hover are obstacles..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+13: 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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Until next time,
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
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