[webdev] Web Design Update: November 2, 2016
David P. Dillard
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2016 06:18:42 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: webdev <email@example.com>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: November 2, 2016
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 15, Issue 19, November 3, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 19 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.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Complete Beginner's Guide to Universal Design
By UX Booth.
"When we design an application, we want it to be so intuitive that
anyone could use it. But who do we mean when we say 'anyone?' While a
good design is usable by people of all ages and technical adeptness, a
truly universal design works for users with varying physical
abilities. To achieve this, designers and developers must take into
consideration conditions like macular degeneration (ocular disorders),
Parkinson's disease (movement disorders), and epilepsy (neurological
Website Accessibility: What is it and Why Should I Care?
By Matthias Niska and Michele Landis.
"If you knew you could reduce your risk of exposure to litigation
while at the same time opening up your business' website to a whole
new audience, would you be interested? .."
Accessible Videos: Quick Six Point Checklist
By Sophie Shearer.
"Check out our simple guide for advice on making sure your videos can
be enjoyed by a bigger audience. Ideally, also test your film with
people who have a range of abilities..."
17 Website Adjustments You Can Make Today for Better Accessibility
By Mary Gillen.
"...Here are 17 adjustments you can make to your website now to make
it more accessible..."
Accessibility Problems on Social Media
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"...Let us understand some difficulties each one of us create while
generating and sharing content on social media..."
Results of the 2016 GOV.UK Assistive Technology Survey
By Chris Moore.
"...some users said they found the black text on a white background
difficult to read...Several users reported that the search results
page is too complicated...many assistive technology users found PDFs
hard to use and asked for content to be in HTML instead..."
Companies Face Lawsuits Over Website Accessibility For Blind Users
By Sara Randazzo.
"More than 240 businesses nationwide have been sued in federal court
since the start of 2015."
Federal Website Lawsuits Spike; Community Banks Get Demand Letters
By Minh Vu.
"The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites
continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing
Deaf Citizen Sues Oklahoma Legislature
By National Association of the Deaf.
"Johnny Reininger, Jr., a deaf Oklahoman filed suit today against the
State of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives
for the failure of the Oklahoma legislature to caption hearings and
other proceedings streamed online..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Grid Layout
By Rachel Andrew.
"A collection of usage examples for the CSS Grid Layout specification."
8 Simple Rules for a Robust, Scalable CSS Architecture
By Jarno Rantanen.
This is the manifest of things I've learned about managing CSS in
large, complex web projects during my many years of professional web
development. I've been asked about these things enough times that
having a document to point to sounded like a good idea.
New Release of Color Blindness Simulator
By Daniel Flück.
"The online Color Blindness Simulator is a quite popular tool as many
people are looking for a way to simulate some form of color vision
deficiency. Usually if you hear about this handicap it's very strange
to think about, what the other person which suffers from color
blindness really sees..."
Tools for Testing Color & Contrast for ADA/WCAG Compliance (Video)
By Adage Technologies.
"Front-End Developer Andrew highlights two tools that can be used to
see if you website is accessible for users with visual impairments,
based on the World Wide Web Consortium's WCAG 2.0 standards."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Observer Guidelines for Usability Research
By Susan Farrell.
"Let stakeholders help gather data during user research sessions.
Customize this handout for observers to fit your situation."
Why People Participate in UX Research (and Why the Reasons Matter)
By Amanda Stockwell.
"Finding and scheduling suitable research participants is one of the
biggest logistical challenges of UX research..."
Benchmark Your UX at All Costs
By Ben Rogers.
"In the user experience (UX) industry, benchmarking is a practice that
measures the usability of a website..."
Best Practices for More Accessible Social Media
November 9, 2016.
A Fireside Chat With Jeffrey Zeldman
November 9, 2016.
January 10-11, 2017.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
South by Southwest Interactive
March 10-19, 2017.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Miami UX Conference
March 13-17, 2017.
Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Access Israel 5th International Convention
March 19-21, 2017.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Time to Start Exploiting ARIA 1.1
By Matt King.
Matt King's Bay Area Accessibility Camp presentation slides.
A Crash Course of Changes to Exception Handling in PHP 7
By Ahmed Khan.
"...PHP 7 has introduced two new classes that assist a developer in
handling errors with ease, and that's what we'll look at in this
a11yTools Extension for Safari macOS
By Paul J. Adam.
"The extension must be installed from Safari on macOS. It creates an
a11yTools Toolbar Item that displays a menu of accessibility testing
CSS Grid Inspector (Firefox Add-on)
By Matt Claypotch, Jen Simmons.
"CSS Grid is awesome. It's more awesome if you can see the lines while
you are defining the grid. So we here at the Mozilla Developer
Relations Team created this basic Grid Inspector tool. Use it to see
What Does My Site Cost?
By Tim Kadlec.
"Find out how much it costs for someone to use your site on mobile
networks around the world..."
Choosing the Right Display Typeface: 5 Tips for Success
By Carrie Cousins.
"... Here are five tips to get started with a few beautiful examples
of display typography..."
Top 10 Enduring Web-Design Mistakes
By Amy Schade, Yunnuo Cheng, and Samyukta Sherugar.
"A large-scale usability study revealed the most common and damaging
web-design mistakes of today. They aren't surprising or new - they're
enduring issues that continue to hurt website usability.
The Power Law of Learning: Consistency vs. Innovation in User Interfaces
By Raluca Budiu.
"Across many tasks, learning curves show an initial learning period,
followed by a plateau of optimal efficiency. New interfaces compete
with much practiced, old ones that have already reached this plateau."
What one UX Skill or Ability is the Most Important to Master?
By Philip Hodgson.
"User Experience is a multi-disciplinary specialty and that means UX
practitioners must master several methods, techniques and skills.
Recently — partly as a thought exercise, and partly in an attempt to
tap into what might be the essence of user research and design — I
wondered if just one skill or ability deserved to stand out from the
rest. Here’s how five UX specialists answered that question."
Combine The Results of SVG Filter Primitives with feMerge
By Steven Bradley.
"Interesting SVG filter effects are produced when you combine multiple
filter primitives inside a single filter..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+12: 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