[webdev] Web Design Update: March 17, 2016
David P. Dillard
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:50:28 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: webdev <email@example.com>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: March 17, 2016
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 14, Issue 38, March 17, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 38 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
How Do You Handle a Web Accessibility Complaint from the Office for
By Emily Griffin.
"What happens if your college or university is accused of disability
discrimination by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil
Let's Try Harder With Web Accessibility
By Chris Pearce.
"The Web truly is an empowering platform that enhances and broadens
the lives of people with disabilities..."
Making Accessible Web Pages
By Colorado State University.
"...These guidelines are based on the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
(as amended) and the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility
Initiative. These guidelines are in keeping with the spirit of current
legislation such as ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and
Section 255 of the Telecom Act..."
Website Accessibility Lawsuits By the Numbers
By Kristina M. Launey, Minh Vu, Christopher Im, and Melissa Aristizabal.
"Website accessibility is an evolving and complicated topic, about
which we've written many times..."
Useless Accessibility (Video)
By Karl Groves and Billy Gregory.
Here we go again!... Karl "The Viking" Groves and Billy "The
Lumberjack" Gregory discuss real world accessibility "features" that
are useless to people with disabilities.
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Exclusions and Grid Layout
By Rachel Andrew.
"There is a tiny little specification that originally started life
linked to the Shapes specification, the original Exclusions and Shapes
draft defined both shape-inside and shape-outside along with
properties wrap-flow and wrap-through. These properties were to create
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
10 Questions to Ask Before Any User Research
By Neil Turner.
"...here are are 10 questions that I always like to ask before
undertaking any user research..."
Don't Measure Trust. Measure Use
By Gerry McGovern.
"Trust is becoming increasingly scarce. People use what they don't
trust because it is simple and convenient."
The National Association of Government Webmasters Conference
September 20-23, 2016.
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
October 6-7, 2016.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
CSS Dev Conf
October 17-19, 2016.
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
October 18-19, 2016.
London, England, United Kingdom
October 20-22, 2016.
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Accessible Solution for HTML5 Placeholders
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"In the earlier article Placeholder attribute and Why it is not
accessible, I have discussed the accessibility problems in making
placeholder as a label. Problems need to be solved, barriers need to
Making Your HTML Accessible for the Visually Impaired
By James Hopkins.
"...When composing HTML structures, you must ensure that you describe
its meaning using the correct HTML elements, and ARIA state and role
flags where necessary. Then, and only then, should you pay attention
to the presentation of those structures."
Accessible Progressive Disclosure
By Jeremy Keith.
"Over on The Session I have a few instances of a progressive
The Same Link Twice on the Same Page. Do Duplicates Help or Hurt?
By Hoa Loranger.
"Eliminate redundancy on webpages whenever possible to reduce
cognitive overload. Each extra link makes your site harder to use."
7 Ways to Improve Your Website's or Intranet's Built-In Search Engine
By Page Laubheimer.
"The accuracy of site search benefits when user queries are altered to
allow for user errors or suboptimal word choice."
Accessible Font Sizing
By Ted Drake.
"The biggest font size requirement is that the user is able to adjust
their font size and the application inherits their preference. In Web,
this means we use a relational font, such as em, rem, percentages, vm,
and vh. Pixels are passable, but we don’t want to use points..."
Writing Content for Everyone
By Roz Strachan.
"I work as a content designer on the Digital Marketplace and for over
a year now, I've also been working as a volunteer in adult literacy
classes. I've been using my experiences in the classroom to help me
write simpler, more accessible content..."
Microcopy - Tiny Words With a Huge UX Impact
By Nick Babich.
"There are multiple factors that play a role in designing great
microcopy. Here are a few tips to make a little bit of text pay off in
a big way."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+10: 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