[webdev] Web Design Update: January 25, 2018

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:58:51 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: January 25, 2018


- Volume 16, Issue 31, January 25, 2018.

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:





05: HTML.






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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Headings and Labels

By Eric A. Meyer.

"Following on my last two posts about accessibility improvements to meyerweb, I've made two more adjustments: better heading levels and added ARIA labels…"

Can You Caption 360° Video, Virtual Reality, and 3D Video?

By Sofia Enamorado.

"…With 3D video, adding captions is very straightforward. First, get your video captioned. Next…" can-you-caption-360-video-virtual-reality-and-3d-vid eo/

Websites, Not Assistive Tech, Are Key to Accessibility, Say Screen-Reader Users

By Tristan Parker.

"New research into screen-reader usage has revealed the majority of users feel that improving existing websites would have a bigger impact on accessibility compared to better assistive technology…"

Accessibility Lists of Lists

By Mike Gifford.

Five Ways in Which Artificial Intelligence Changes the Face of Web Accessibility

By Denis Boudreau.

In case you missed it, here is Denis' December 6th 24a11y article. ways-artificial-intelligence-face-web-accessibility/

Burger King Class Action Says Fast Food Chain's Website Violates ADA

By Anne Bucher.

"Burger King Corp. has been hit with a class action lawsuit filed by a visually-impaired woman who claims the fast food restaurant's website is not fully accessible and independently usable by the plaintiff and other visually-impaired individuals…" 831860-burger-king-class-action-says-fast-food-


Layout Land (YouTube Channel)

By Jen Simmons.

A new video channel provides information on CSS Grid and layout.



"Learn CSS Grid with Wes Bos in 25 pretty good videos. From fundamentals to Real World in about 4 hours."

Finding Dead CSS

By Harry Roberts.

"During a performance workshop I was running this week, I was reminded of a technique for finding dead CSS on a live site…"


Writing Tasks for Quantitative and Qualitative Usability Studies

By Kate Meyer.

"All usability studies involve asking participants to perform tasks, but the correct way to write those tasks depends on the methodology you're using. Good quantitative tasks are concrete and focused, while good qualitative tasks are open-ended, flexible, and exploratory."

8 Ways to Minimize No Shows in UX Research

By Jeff Sauro.

"…We've been conducting studies every week at MeasuringU for years and have implemented several steps to get no-show rates down to 0. Here are eight of them…"

+04: EVENTS.

Get The 411 on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) v2.1 January 29, 2018. San Francisco, Califorina, U.S.A.

WCAG 2.0 - Understandable and Robust February 7, 2018. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Bringing CSS and SVG Back into the Accessibility Spotlight February 21, 2018. Online.

Accessibility Clinic February 28, 2018. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

#PerfMatters Conference March 27-28, 2018. Redwood City, Califorina, U.S.A.

+05: HTML.

What's New in HTML 5.2?

By Jake Bresnehan.

"…In HTML 5.2, there were a number of additions and removals, all of which can be seen on the official HTML 5.2 Changes page. In this article, I'll go over some of the changes I think will impact my development the most…"


Are You Approaching Prototyping All Wrong?

By Paul Boag.

"Too often our prototypes are constrained by politics, legacy technology, and company culture…"


8 Sites That Work Just Fine Without JS, Thank You

By Ezequiel Bruni.

"…just wanted to show people what could be done. That's it. I'm not saying you should ditch JS entirely, but I do believe that we should be a lot more considered about what we do and don't implement in JavaScript…" 8-sites-that-work-just-fine-without-js-thank-you /

aria-expanded Does Not Require a Fallback

By Hidde de Vries.

"When building a control that toggles content in a web app, we can use aria-expanded to let the control know whether the content is shown or hidden…" 2018-01-22-aria-expanded-does-not-require-a-fallback

Radically Accessible Internet Applications (Video)

By Marcy Sutton.

Marcy's Beyond Tellerrand presentation.


The Compact Guide to Web Maintainability: 200 Tips and Resources

By Jens Oliver Meiert.

"Half a year ago I was happy to work with A List Apart to ask our field a few questions about maintainability…"

Handle Bad UX Requests Without Saying No

By Garrett Goldfield.

"UX professionals often receive poorly defined design requests. When saying no is not an option, a more productive way of addressing the request is to focus on the outcome goals and the Return On Investment (ROI) of proper UX effort."


Captchas Have an 8% Failure Rate, and 29% if Case Sensitive

By Edward Scott.

"…In this article, we'll discuss the test findings from our checkout usability study related to CAPTCHAs…this article covers CAPTCHAs from an e-commerce angle specifically…"

Three Takeaways from the Hawai'i Missile False Alarm

By Dylan Wilbanks.

"…It's not about UI. It is absolutely about people." three-takeaways-from-the-hawaii-missile-false-alarm/

What Has To Do With the Hawaii False Alarm - and What to Do About It

By Erie Meyer.

"By now, you've heard of the Hawaii False Alarm, and about the blowback and blame as people try to sort out how this could have happened…"

What the Erroneous Hawaiian Missile Alert Can Teach Us About Error Prevention

By Kim Flaherty.

"People should not be blamed for errors caused by poorly designed systems."

Bad Design Caused Hawaii Missile False Alarm

By Craig Tomlin.

"When it comes to UX Design we can all learn from mistakes, or be doomed to repeat history over and over again…" bad-design-caused-hawaii-missile-false-alarm

Organize Around the Customer Task

By Gerry McGovern.

"…the greatest challenge all organizations face is to organize around the customer. Those that don't will not survive…"

The King vs. Pawn Game of UI Design

By Erik Kennedy.

"If you want to improve your UI design skills, try looking at chess. Sounds contrived, maybe, but in Erik Kennedy's hands, it's sublime. Marvel and learn as he uses a concept from chess to build a toolkit of UI design strategies covering color, typography, lighting and shadows, and more."

[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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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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