Web Design Update: March 8, 2018

David Dillard

- Volume 16, Issue 37, March 8, 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:


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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


WCAG 2.1: Success Criteria for Cognitive Disabilities
By Kurt Mattes.
"…In the Candidate Recommendation dated January 30, 2018, two of these 11 Success Criteria are at Level A
and six are at Level AA. For organizations wishing to reach for Level AAA, three additional Success Criteria are
covered at the end of this post…"

The New Guidelines in WCAG 2.1 Explained
By Alexander Skogberg.
"In the Summer of 2018, WCAG 2.0 will be updated to version 2.1 with new guidelines for making websites even
more accessible. In this post I'll try to give simple explanations of these guidelines along with thoughts and advice
on how to follow them…"

WCAG 2.1: Writing a Recommendation
By Audrey Maniez.
"With the advent of WCAG 2.1 in the global accessibility landscape, the promises were ambitious.
The new criteria, many and sometimes so unrealistic, have attracted the wrath of some renowned actors in the field…"

Your Interactive Makes Me Sick
By Eileen Webb.
"Why your coolest scrolly features can cause problems,
and what to do about it accessibility scrolling migraines are terrible motion…"

Why Aren't We Doing This Already? : What I've Learned About Accessibility in the Tech Industry
By Rachel Williamson.
"…I would like to share what I've learned about accessibility as it exists right now in the tech industry…"

Accessible By Design
By Andrew Spencer.
"…Andrew shares what to think about and tools to use when creating a visually accessible web…"

Overly Accessible?
By Jared Smith.
"…Yes, if you think of accessibility as code practices and techniques, then these can be overdone
resulting in a less than optimal end user experience. But if you think of accessibility as being that
end user experience, then no, you can't make a site overly accessible because those accessibility
improvements would inherently benefit everyone."

YouTube Live Gains Automatic Captions, Chat Replay and More
By Sarah Perez.
"YouTube today announced several new features designed to improve the live streaming experience
for both creators and viewers…"

Officials Examine Website Accessibility Amid Federal Disability Investigation
By Leah Potter.
"As the Department of Education investigates George Washington University (GW) for alleged disability
discrimination based on the accessibility of its websites, officials say they've formed a task force to examine the issue…"

Blind Woman Sues TD Ameritrade Over Allegedly Inaccessible Website
By Jed Horowitz.
"A woman in New York State has filed a class-action lawsuit against TD Ameritrade claiming that the discount brokerage
firm's website and some of its trading software is inaccessible through screen reader vocalization software and other
standard tools used by the blind and visually impaired."

ADA Suit Against Blooms
By Richard P. Lawson.
"Demonstrating the minefield facing online retailers, the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss
an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility suit filed against…"

H.R. 620 Will Not Prevent Drive-By Accessibility Lawsuits Because It Does Not Address Website Accessibility
By Kim Krause Berg.
"There are many conflicts with the recent vote to pass H.R. 620 of the ADA by the House of Representatives.
The most alarming is requiring a law where one already exists."

Gratitude for a Poached Egg (an Accessibility and Negotiation Strategy)
By Lainey Feingold.
"…a strategy for moving negotiations and accessibility forward."


We Write CSS Like We Did in the 90s, and Yes, It's Silly
By Jens Oliver Meiert.
"The tools web developers use to build websites have changed dramatically since the 1990s. But when it comes to the
craft of writing CSS, Jens Meiert argues, it often seems that we haven't learned anything over the past 20 years.
Meiert discusses why that is and offers his thoughts on how spending more time thinking about the basics can bring
the writing of CSS into the 21st century."

Third Party CSS is Not Safe
By Jake Archibald.
"A few days ago there was a lot of chatter about a 'keylogger' built in CSS.…"


The Line to Say in Usability Testing to Get Honest Feedback
By Karah Salaets.
"…My job is to help the client make this as amazing as possible. We've had some ideas already.
And when we brainstormed, we put all our ideas in the design without judgement. You will help me figure out which
ideas are great, which are duds, and come up with new ideas we didn't think of…"

A Comprehensive Guide To User Testing
By Christopher Murphy.
"…In this article, I'll be focusing on usability testing, where we evaluate the design decisions we have made against
a representative set of users to test if our assumptions are correct…"

How to Turn User Videos into Insights
By Jeff Sauro.
"Finding and fixing usability problems in an interface leads to a better user experience…"

+04: EVENTS.

Assistive Technology 101
April 6, 2018.
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
Online at:

Accessible by Design
May 8, 2018.
Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

Web Accessibility Training
May 8-9, 2018.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.

php[tek] 2018
May 31-June 1, 2018.
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

HCI International 2017
July 15-20, 2018.
Los Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

July 23-25, 2018.
San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Event Apart Washington DC
July 30-August 1, 2018.
Washington DC, U.S.A.

Web Directions Code
August 2-3 2018.
Melbourne, Australia


aria-keyshortcuts (property)
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"The aria-keyshortcuts property informs the screen reader user the shortcuts developer implemented
to activate or focus an element on the web page or an application…"

8 Tips for Improving Bootstrap Accessibility
By Rhiana Heath.
"A few years ago, I wrote about my experiences on developing a Bootstrap version 3 project to be fully accessible
for people with disabilities. This focussed mostly on Bootstrap accessibility in terms of front-end design…"

By Heydon Pickering.
"The key difference between a website and a web app is… highly contested…"

Creating Accessible React Apps (Video)
By Scott Vinkle.
"The React JavaScript library is a great way to create reusable modular components that can be shared among projects.
But how do you ensure your React apps are usable by all kinds of people?
Scott Vinkle will share tips on how to build your React apps with accessibility baked-in…"


A11y Rules Podcast Episode 30 - Interview with Glenda Sims - Part 2
By Nicolas Steenhout.
"Glenda speaks of the importance of mentoring "fresh blood" in the accessibility field. She also explains how she gets
frustrated by accessibility going forward two steps, and backwards one step.…"


Accessible Landmarks
By Scott O'Hara.
"Landmarks can be useful to screen reader users as they can be used to help orient a user to, and easily navigate,
an appropriately structured web page or application screen…"

The Most Powerful Words are Often Not Searched For
By Gerry McGovern.
"…Getting your words right in your menus and links will have a greater positive impact on customer experience than
any other initiative you will undertake."


Serif, Sans, Script & Slab: 4 Font Types Explained
By Carrie Cousins.
"Always wanted to know the difference between serif, sans, script, and slab fonts? Look no further. Take your typography
game to the next level, and quit guessing if certain typefaces or font pairs work together. Back your logic with a little
design theory…"


Back to Static: a Paradigm Shift for Better UX and Web Performance
By Boris Schapira.
"For several years now, a new range of solutions have emerged in the web technologies landscape…"

The Principle of Commitment and Behavioral Consistency
By Therese Fessenden.
"Getting users to make a small commitment and follow up on it can increase engagement with content."

What Web Designers Need to Know About Hick's Law
By uxplanet.
"Hick's Law guides UX designers to create effortless user experiences. Here's how to apply the law to your UX design…"

Fitts' Law: Tracking Users' Clicks
By Mads Soegaard.
"…Understanding Fitts' Law (sometimes called Fitts's Law) will give you a key to unlock another dimension in designing…"

Steve Jobs on 6 Key Principles of User Experience
By David Travis.
A good quotation can be a powerful communication tool. And Steve Jobs, perhaps history's best design communicator,
left us with some profound words. Jobs had an intuitive understanding of great design and user experience
as these quotations show."

Describing UX to Family and Friends (Video)
By Nielsen Norman Group.
"Do you ever find it challenging to explain to people what you do for a living? See how other UX professionals do it."

3 UX Tips for Better Newsletters and Marketing Emails (Video)
By Kim Flaherty. 
"Your customers want email newsletters that provide immediate utility. Thoughtful layout, image choices, and formatting
will help you win over customers on your mailing list."

E-Commerce UX: Post-Process Vendor-Supplied Product Data (52% Don't)
By Edward Scott.
"Product specifications, whether they appear in a dedicated spec sheet, in a product list item, or as filters,
are crucial to some users' product-purchasing decision…"

[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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Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
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