[webdev] Web Design Update: April 21, 2016
David P. Dillard
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:05:18 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <email@example.com>
To: webdev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: April 21
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 14, Issue 43, April 21, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 43 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.
09: SITES AND BLOGS.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Making News Websites Accessible to All
By Michael Fitzgerald.
"For journalists who want to represent readers' interests, ensuring
equal access to online content is essential..."
Masterplanning the Digital Campus to Support Learners with Disabilities
By Sarah Horton.
"Ensuring the accessibility to students with disabilities of online
learning experiences is widely recognised as a socially and legally
Facebook's First Blind Engineer is Revolutionizing Social Media as We Know It
By Seth Fiegerman.
"Halfway through Matt King's presentation, the screen goes dark..."
Accessibility Basics Series Q&A - Non-text Elements
By Kim Phillips.
"Last week's presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series
covered best practices for non-text elements. Training Specialist
Erica Zelmanowicz presented the webinar and has provided answers to
the questions that came in during Q&A - including those we weren't
able to get to during the allotted time..."
Accessibility Testing with the NVDA Screenreader
By Matt Isner.
"This is the first post in a two-part series on Accessibility Testing
for Developers by Matt Isner, a developer here at Deque Systems. For
today's post, Matt has created a video demonstration for sighted
developers on how to install and configure the NVDA screen reader for
New York City Enacts Accessibility Standards for Government Websites
By John W. Egan.
"NYC recently passed a law requiring that its government agency
websites meet accessibility standards. Other state and local
governments may follow NYC's lead and enact accessibility standards
for government agencies, contractors and even public accommodations in
the absence of regulations from DOJ."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
The Experimental Layout Lab of Jen Simmons
By Jen Simmons.
"Check back often. This will keep changing."
A Complete Guide to CSS Grid Layout
By Chris House.
"SS Grid Layout (aka "Grid"), is a two-dimensional grid-based layout
system that aims to do nothing less than completely change the way we
design grid-based user interfaces..."
Color in Design Systems
By Nathan Curtis.
"16 tips for setting up a system that endures..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Checklist for Planning Usability Studies
By Hoa Loranger.
"Planning a user test? Follow these 9 steps to make sure you are prepared."
How to Integrate Continuous User Testing Into Your Product Development Workflow
By Edmond Lau.
"The earlier we can make course corrections, the less effort we'll
waste and the bigger the impact we'll create...."
Universal Design 2016
August 21–24, 2016.
York, England, United Kingdom
Accessible Date Pickers
By Dennis Lembree.
"Unfortunately, several shiny HTML5 features (such as the video
element), ended up implemented to different levels by browsers,
without good accessibility, and without an interface that satisfied
designers (a nearly impossible task). This includes the date input..."
Looking at Summary Details in HTML5
By Karl Dubost.
"On the dev-platform mailing-list, Ting-Yu Lin has sent an Intent to
Ship: HTML5 <details> and <summary> tags. So what about it?..."
Danger! ARIA Tabs
By Jeff Smith.
"ARIA is a great way to make things technically accessible, sometimes
without requiring markup changes. But it can be tricky, even if you're
using it in a technically correct way. In this post, Jeff breaks down
an ARIA tabs interaction to see how ARIA can impact users with
disabilities-and how to make tabs truly accessible."
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"aria-setsize property defines total number of items in a list or a
treeview. Defining aria-setsize is not required if all elements in the
set are present in the DOM."
By Camilo Reyes.
"A look at approaches and best practices to error handling in
By Sean Fioritto.
"Grunt/Gulp npm, require.js, browserify, es6, compilers, transpilers,
jasmine mocha chai, react/angular/ember, closures, prototypes. *head
Quick Tip: Function Expressions vs Function Declarations
By Paul Wilkins.
Accessibility and Web Optimization (Video)
By Chris Heilmann.
"Chris Heilmann, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft gave a no-frills
talk on the issues we need to tackle to keep the web from becoming the
slow lane of information transport. He shares his developer's
checklist for 2016, talks about using service workers, optimising
images, Open API Project Oxford's emotion recognition, the importance
of accessibility for all end users and basically reminds us of all the
terrible things that we're doing and not changing..."
Interview with Hakon Wium Lie
By Oliver Lindberg.
"The inventor of CSS explains how it saved the web - but warns that
the battle is not over yet..."
+09: SITES AND BLOGS.
By Cynthia A Lockley.
"This is a breakout site from the Society for Technical
Communication's (STC) Accessibility SIG, which pruned all this
information out of their site..."
The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool
By Jacob Bates.
"The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT
(pronounced, 'You Do It') enables faculty to identify accessibility
issues in Canvas by Instructure. It will scan a course, generate a
report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility
How Letterspacing Can Make All Caps Easier to Read
By UX Movement.
"All caps text is like a spice, you don't want to overuse it. A little
can go a long way when you use it on content and menu headings to show
contrast from regular body text. But when your headings contain more
than a few words, users need to make an effort to read them..."
Myth #34: Simple = Minimal
By Zoltan Gocza.
"Simplicity is key to great and innovative product design. But
simplicity is way often confused with minimalist style. In fact,
simple looking, minimal product UIs often carry hidden complexity..."
Perceived Value in User Interfaces
By Aurora Bedford.
"The perceived value of a site represents the benefit that users
expect to derive from using it. High expectations make users more
likely to engage with the site."
The Future is Purposeful Work
By Gerry McGovern.
"...The Web is a bridge between producer and consumer. In many areas
the lines will blur. The consumer will become a co-creator or
co-producer. But whatever happens, success is founded in the intense
and constant feedback between the act and the reaction, between what
is produced and how it is consumed."
By Sara Wachter-Boettcher and Eric A. Meyer.
"Google's long been known for its April Fool's hoaxes-from Google
Paper, which purported to send you a printed archive of all your
email, to Google Gulp, a fake beverage. They're usually good for a
laugh or two..."
[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