[webdev] Web Design Update: August 24, 2017

David P. Dillard


Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:20:39 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: August 24, 2017


- Volume 16, Issue 09, August 24, 2017.

An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.


SECTION ONE: New references.

What's new at the Web Design Reference site?

New links in these categories:



03: COLOR.





08: TOOLS.


10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


WCAG 2.1: The Final List of Candidate Success Criteria is Here

By David MacDonald.

"After 4 years of work, much reasearch, and public input, we've
finalized our list of Success Criteria to consider for WCAG 2.1…"

August WCAG 2.1 Working Draft for Review

By Michael Cooper.

"The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published an updated
Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1…"

Mobile Applications and Litigation: Why Accessibility is Important and

What to Consider before Launching, Part 2 of 2

By Sanjay Nasta and Paul J. Adam.

"…In this article, we'll look at thirteen specific accessibility
issues that prevent users with disabilities from using a mobile
application, thus exposing organizations to potential legal action or
complaint…" mobile-application-accessibility-part-2-of-2/

How Icons are Ruining Interfaces

By Hampus Sethfors.

"Icons used correctly can enhance both the user experience and look of
your interface. Sadly, more and more designers are using them in the
wrong way. And it's hurting both the usability and accessibility of
the interface…"

Three Dots or Ellipsis?

By Scott Vinkle.

"…Screen readers sometimes announce trailing dots as, 'dot dot dot'.
Use an ellipsis character instead…"

Stevie Wonder Says: Everything Needs to be Accessible to Everyone

By Robin Christopherson.

"I've just come across the fantastic clip of the great Stevie Wonder,
world-famous blind singer and tech advocate, speaking out on the
importance of inclusive design at the glittering Grammy Awards…" stevie-wonder-says-everything-needs-be-accessible-everyone

Countries that Have Adopted WCAG Standards

By Sofia Enamorado.

"The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are by far the most
universal and popular guidelines for web accessibility…"

Training Teachers to Author Accessible Content

By Microsoft.

"Everyone should have access to all educational materials in your
classroom. This course will provide information on 1.) the importance
of creating accessible documents, 2.) creating new and revising old
Word, OneNote and PowerPoint documents so they are accessible to
everyone 3.) Skype Translator and Office Lens as key tools for
creating accessible content for all learners…" training-teachers-to-author-accessible-content

ADA Rule Inactive Status: Impacts on Digital Accessibility

By Lynn Wehrman.

"…When asked how to proceed with digital accessibility if the rule
release did not occur, the Access Board stated, 'Look to WCAG 2.0'…"

Website Accessibility Lawsuit Filings Still Going Strong

By Kristina M. Launey and Melissa Aristizabal.

"…The number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court
since the beginning of 2015 has surged to at least 751 as of August
15, 2017, with at least 432 of those filed in just the first eight and
a half months of 2017-well over the 262 lawsuits that were filed in
all of 2015 and 2016…" website-accessibility-lawsuit-filings-still-going-strong/


Here's a Super Quick Way to Try out CSS Grid

By Jen Simmons.

"…let me teach you some very basic things about Grid, and get you
started with a 5-minute taste…"

CSS Architecture and the Three Pillars of Maintainable CSS

By Zsolt Nagy.

"…If you don't want to be the person passing on bad code, you may
wonder how you can create maintainable CSS from scratch. Where would
you start? Let's look at the elements of CSS architecture that are
worth considering when it comes to building your perfect project…" css-architecture-and-the-three-pillars-of-maintainable-css/

Using Custom Properties to Modify Components

By Robin Rendle.

Instead of using custom properties to style whole portions of a
website's interface I think we should use them to customize and modify
tiny components. Here's why…"

+03: COLOR.

Contrast Ratio in Devtools

By Rremy Sharp.

"Recently I've been wary of accessibility (a11y) of colour in my work,
and I've known about the contrast ratio checker in devtools, but it's
recently been upgraded and is super charged:…"


The New Way to Test Accessibility with Chrome DevTools (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

"Chrome version 60 ships with an exciting new DevTools feature called
Audits 2.0. "

The Talking-Head Video 2.0: Findings from Eyetracking Research

By Kara Pernice.

"Even a talking-head video can keep people engaged. Take advantage of
residual fixations upon scene changes; vary the facial expression,
subject position, and even camera angle to reawaken the user's

How to Code and Analyze Verbatim Comments

By Jeff Sauro.

"...We've experimented with sophisticated algorithms for parsing
verbatim responses, and so far we've found that nothing quite beats
the brute force method of manually coding and classifying comments…"

We Need Genuine Customer Experience Metrics

By Gerry McGovern.

"If your objectives don't match your customers' objectives, you've got
a problem. A real problem. Change your objectives. Oh yes, in the past
marketing and advertising was able to change and influence the
customer. Those days are over. This is the age of the customer taking
back control. That's why so many people are talking about customer
experience. It matters, and the real experience the customer is having
with you will matter more and more…"

+05: EVENTS.

Accessibility Camp Seattle (Hat tip to Jennifer Sutton)
September 23, 2017.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Thunder Plains Developer Conference
November 3, 2017.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

UX Conference London
November 11-17, 2017.

Full Frontal
November 9-10, 2017.
Brighton, England, United Kingdom

User Interface 22
November 13-15, 2017.
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24)
November 16, 2017.


Everyone has JavaScript, Right?

By Stuart Langridge.

"Your user requests your web app…"

Truthy and Falsy: When All is Not Equal in JavaScript

By Craig Buckler.

"JavaScript variables are loosely/dynamically typed and the language
doesn't care how a value is declared or changed…"


Empathy and Leadership

By Becky Gibson.

"In May I attended and spoke at the John Slatin AccessU Conference
sponsored by Knowbility. My good friend and retired IBM colleague,
Richard Schwerdtfeger, was the keynote speaker… A recording is
available on YouTube…"

+08: TOOLS.

Launchy: An Accessible Modal Window

By Scott Vinkle.

"An accessible modal window…"


Jakob's Law of Internet User Experience (Video)

By Jakob Nielsen.

"Users spend most of their time on other sites. This means that users
prefer your site to work the same way as all the other sites they
already know. Design for patterns for which users are accustomed."

Four Psychology Principles Every UX Designer Should Know

By Becca Kennedy.

"Even though you no longer need to be a psychologist to be a user
researcher, if you've arrived at a UX career through a path in visual
design, you might be missing out on some core psychology knowledge to
help you make better design decisions…" four-psychology-principles-every-ux-designer-should-know/

'Get Started' Stops Users

By Aurora Harley and Kim Flaherty.

"A generic Get Started call-to-action attracts clicks, but also
misleads users and acts as a roadblock for those looking to get
information about the company."

8 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load: Part 2

By Malgorzata Piernik.

"More ways to reduce bounce rate and make it easier for users to
process information at your site…"

Calculating the Cost of Creating Website Content

By Rob Mills.

"Creating content is just one part of a website project and in itself
it requires planning, defining a workflow, getting the right people on
board, time, money, and collaboration between different teams,
stakeholders and subject matter experts…" calculating-the-cost-of-creating-website-content/

[Section one ends.]


+10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?

Accessibility Information.

Association Information.

Book Listings.

Cascading Style Sheets Information.

Color Information.

Drupal Information.

Evaluation & Testing Information.

Event Information.

HTML Information.

Information Architecture Information.

JavaScript Information.

Miscellaneous Web Information.

Navigation Information.

PHP Information.

Sites & Blogs Listing.

Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information.

Tool Information.

Typography Information.

Usability Information.

XML Information.

[Section two ends.]



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Laura L. Carlson

Information Technology Systems and Services

University of Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009

[Issue ends.]