[webdev] Web Design Update: January 18, 2018

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:08:52 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: January 18, 2018


- Volume 16, Issue 30, January 18, 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.




09: TOOLS.



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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Is Machine Learning The Solution to Web Accessibility?

By Everett Zufelt.

"…There is a long way to go before a piece of assistive technology, or better yet a main stream

browser, will be able to remediate the barriers to content accessibility on the web."

Web Accessibility in Higher Education

By Ryan Drawdy.

"…This article is based on an interview with Mark Greenfield, Digital Strategist for the University at

The Overlooked, Misunderstood Nature of Accessibility

By Mads Soegaard.

"…A design is only useful if it's accessible to the user: any user, anywhere, anytime. We often mistake
the concept of accessibility as involving people with disabilities. However, we're all disabled in many
contexts and circumstances. Accessibility is all about people…"

Small Tweaks That Can Make a Huge Impact on Your Website's Accessibility

By Andy Bell.

"…I've written this post to give you some tips on small things that can make a big difference, while
hopefully not affecting your development process too much…"

Section 508 Refresh (Part 2)

By Matt Feldman.

"…In today's article, we are shifting focus to the important initiatives that have taken place to
better prepare agencies and vendors to support this new accessibility standard…"

Inclusive Design Principles: Provide a Comparable Experience

By Henny Swan.

This is our second post in a series that digs deeper into the thinking and application of the Inclusive
Design Principles…"

Increasing Accessibility

By Eric A. Meyer.

"Thanks to the fantastic comments on my previous post, I've made some accessibility improvements…"

Federal Websites Failing to Meet Standards, Industry Leaders Weigh In

By MeriTalk.

"Communication is key-especially for the Federal government. One of the most important ways the
government communicates with citizens is through agency websites. In fact, the Federal government has
roughly 4,500 websites on more than 400 domains. However, the vast majority of those websites aren't
meeting industry standards."


How Big Is That Box? Understanding Sizing In CSS Layout

By Rachel Andrew.

""A key feature of Flexbox and Grid Layout is that they can deal with distributing available space
between, around and inside grid and flex items…"

The Latest Ways to Deal with the Cascade, Inheritance and Specificity

By Ollie Williams.

"The cascade is such an intrinsic part of CSS that they put it right there in the name…"


Why Do I Need a Usability Site Audit?

By Kim Krause Berg.

"If you have ever used a website and become frustrated with it, you know first hand why a usability
site audit is necessary…"

Five User Research Rules of Thumb

By Leisa Reichelt.

"Over years of experience you begin to collect ways of working and talking about how you work that
accrete into rules of thumb…"

User Experience Benchmarks for Wireless Carrier Websites

By Jeff Sauro.

"…A two-part UX benchmark (retrospective and task-based) analysis of wireless carrier websites was
conducted in 2017 using 393 participants. The overall user experience of the industry was slightly
below average and improved relative to the 2012 analysis we conducted. In general, customers don't
recommend these experiences as there are on average four times as many detractors as promoters…"

Outsourcing a UX Benchmark vs. Doing it Yourself

By Jeff Sauro.

"Benchmarking is an essential part of a plan to systematically improve the user experience…"

+04: EVENTS.

January Nerd Therapy: Accessibility-Why You Need to Think About ALL Your Users!
January 25, 2018.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

SmashingConf San Francisco
April 17-18, 2018.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Advanced CSS Layouts With Flexbox and CSS Grid
April 19, 2018.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

CHI 2018
April 21-26, 2018.
Montréal, Canada

15th International Web for All Conference W4A'18
April 22-24, 2018.
Lyon, France

The Web Conference 2018
April 23-27, 2018.
Lyon, France

+05: HTML.

The Title Attribute

By Arnold Goodway.

"…Sorry Mr. TITLE attribute, in the future we will think twice before we use you."

Meet the New Dialog Element

By Keith J. Grant.

"HTML 5.2 has introduced a new <dialog> element for native modal dialog boxes…"

HTML5 Autoplay Attribute

By Rakesh Paladugula.

"HTML5 autoplay is a new attribute to support the multimedia content…Using HTML5 autoplay is not a good
practice as per WCAG 2.0 standards…"


4 Powerful Ways to Use Rapid Prototyping to Drive Product Success

By Teresa Torres.

"…when we think of rapid prototyping and usability testing as one and the same, we tend to
underestimate the power of prototyping…"


But Really, What is a JavaScript Test?

By Kent C. Dodds.

"Let's take a step back and understand automated testing of JavaScript from square one…"


Legends of the Ancient Web

By Maciej Ceglowski.

"This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw…"

Women in UX: Meet Henny Swan, Advocate for UX Inclusivity

By Sheena Lyonnais.

"It was the 1990s, back when websites were flashier than RuPaul's most glamorous gown…"

Make Your Coding Easier, Use DuckDuckGo Cheat Sheets

By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.

"…DuckDuckGo has additional features that can make my work life easier: built-in cheat sheets to help
web designers and developers…"

+09: TOOLS.

ANDI (Accessible Name & Description Inspector)

By United States Social Security Administration.

"ANDI (Accessible Name & Description Inspector) is a "favelet" or "bookmarklet" used by web developers
and testers to inspect web content for accessibility."


The Hawaii Missile Alert Culprit: Poorly Chosen File Names

By Jared M. Spool.

"…This wasn't a thoughtfully designed menu, any more than any random collection of user-named objects


The State of Mobile User Experience

By Raluca Budiu.

"Findings from our 4th comprehensive study of mobile usability: Ten years from the original iPhone, the
field of mobile user experience has finally reached maturity."

Attention Leans Left on Websites (Video)

By Therese Fessenden.

"Eyetracking research shows people spend disproportionately more viewing time on the left half of the
page versus on the right half."

Designing for Simplicity of Use

By Gerry McGovern.

"If you want to make things truly simple to use by your customers, you will nearly always have to make
your organization take on more complexity."

Complexity Bias: Why We Prefer Complicated to Simple

By Farnam Street.

"Complexity bias is a logical fallacy that leads us to give undue credence to complex concepts…"

Understand the Social Needs for Accessibility in UX Design

By Ruby Zheng.

"…Here, we will look at the social need of why you should design with accessibility in mind…"

Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking

By Sarah Gibbons.

"Visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep
understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data."

[Section one ends.]


+11: 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

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