+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 16, Issue 40, March 29, 2018.

David Dillard

- Volume 16, Issue 40, March 29, 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:

03: COLOR.
06: HTML.

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

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++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Verified Accessibility Samples (Va11yS)
By International Business Machines (IBM).
"Explore the repository of working accessibility code samples and
design patterns that can be implemented directly into your design and

Three Developer Behaviors to Eliminate 85 Percent of Accessibility Defects
By Sean Kelly and Thomas F. Dinkel.
Sean and Thomas' CSUN presentation slides.

Accessibility Heuristics for Designers (PDF)
By Caitlin Geier and Denis Boudreau.
"10 general rules of thumb for accessible design…"

Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners #2
By WebAIM.
"The following survey is a follow-up to a previous Survey of Web
Accessibility Practitioners conducted July 2014…"

Potholes of Discrimination: A Post-CSUN Legal Update Wrap-Up
By Lainey Feingold.
"…This is a post about what the law is saying about web accessibility…"

Making Bulb Accessible - Introducing the New Bulb Site
By Heydon Pickering.
"At the end of last year, Bulb pledged to significantly improve the
accessibility of the site…"

CSUN 2018 Presentation Links
By Christopher Phillips.
A crowdsourced list of CSUN presentation presentations from last
week's conference.

No Relief in Sight from Website Accessibility Lawsuits
By Matthew P. Horvitz and Andrew J. Ferren.
"…a proactive approach to accessibility should help businesses reduce
the risk of being targeted by a lawsuit."

The Growing Emphasis on Accessibility and Inclusive User Experience
By  Kim Krause Berg.
"There is growing interest in web accessibility around the world, with
more companies seeking to make their web properties inclusive and user
friendly for all people.…"

N.Y. Lawyers Sue 40-plus Companies on Behalf of Blind Man in a Month
By Justin Stoltzfus.
"A class action lawsuit on behalf of Queens, N.Y., resident Eugene
Duncan and other visually impaired plaintiffs against Popular North
America Inc. is one of 43 recent Americans with Disabilities Act cases
filed on his behalf…"

New Guidelines Let Civil Rights Office Ignore Cases From Serial Complainers
By Christina A. Samuels.
"The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights has
started dismissing hundreds of disability-related complaints,
following new guidelines that say such cases will be dismissed when
they represent a pattern of complaints against multiple recipients…"


Good ol' Margin Collapsing
By Chris Coyier.
"Here's a one-sentence blog post about margin collapsing: When two
block elements are stacked on top of one another, the vertical space
between them is the larger between the one on top's margin-bottom and
the one on the bottom's margin-top…"

The Future of Web Layout (Video)
By Aquent Gymnasium.
"A webinar discussing new advances in web layout techniques that will
impact web designers and developers in the near future. Rachel Andrew
and Jason Pamental join Jeremy Osborn to help deconstruct the upcoming
shift in designing for the web."

A CSS Approach to Trap Focus Inside of an Element
By Kushagra Gour.
"…While experimenting, I discovered a neat CSS trick on how to trap
focus within the <dialog> element, a common accessibility requirement
for modals, and a notoriously difficult one…"

Nobody Said CSS Is Easy
By Amber Wilson.
"Wait, some people have said this. But I'd like to politely voice the
opinion that they are wrong…"

+03: COLOR.

Designing Systematic Colors
By Jeeyoung Jung.
"How to make themable, flexible, WCAG 2.0 compliant color ramps for a
design system…"


Remote Moderated Usability Tests: How and Why to Do Them
By Kate Meyer and Kara Pernice.
"Remote unmoderated usability testing is so fast and easy that some
teams make it their only evaluation method. But don't shy away from
its more robust alternative, the remote moderated usability test,
which can give you more information and is also inexpensive."

How to Make Usability Testing a Habit
By Stefan Rössler.
"…The best thing about making usability testing a habit is that you
keep getting better at it…"

How Large Is the Evaluator Effect in Usability Testing?
By Jeff Sauro.
 "…if you change the person looking for the problems (the evaluator),
do you get a different set of problems?…"

+05: EVENTS.

Getting Started in Accessibility
April 4, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

What You Need to Know to Get Accessibility Right
April 4, 2018.

John Slatin AccessU
May 14-16, 2018.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

This.JavaScript: A11Y
May 17, 2018.

UI 21
November 12-14, 2018.
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Accessing Higher Ground
November 12-16, 2018.
Westminster, Colorado, U.S.A.

Agile Accessibility in a Regulated Industry
November 15, 2018.

+06: HTML.

Quick Reminder that Details/Summary is the Easiest Way Ever to Make an Accordion
By Chris Coyier.
"Gosh bless the <details> element. Toss some content inside it and you
have an accessible expand-for-more interaction with just about zero

Typical/Expected Screen Reader Output
By Steve Faulkner.
"Typical/expected screen reader output
<a href="#">hello</a> hello
<a href="#" title="goodbye">hello</a> hello goodbye
<a href="#" aria-label="goodbye">hello</a> goodbye
<a href="#" aria-label="goodbye"></a> goodbye
<a href="#" title="goodbye"></a> goodbye"


A Guide to Information Architecture
By Miklos Philips.
"…Information architecture (IA) is, like a blueprint, a visual
representation of the product's infrastructure, features, and
hierarchy. …"


Using Ethics In Web Design
By Morten Rand-Hendriksen.
"…Even small and seemingly insignificant decisions can have enormous
implications, and though ethics often stand in the way of immediate
rapid innovation, growth, and quick revenue, they help ensure the
longevity of our designs and help us carve paths to better futures for

Why Enterprise Software Fails (and what to do about it)
By Gerry McGovern.
"The Canadian government's Phoenix payroll system is no more. It was
supposed to cost about C$300 million and deliver tremendous
efficiencies. Instead, it has cost C$1 billion and delivered nothing
but pain and disaster…"

CSUN 2018 Accessibility Interview: Denis Boudreau
By Vivian Cullipher.
"Vivian interviews Montreal-based Denis Boudreau, Principal Web
Accessibility Consultant and Strategist for Deque, covering everything
from Denis's take on what digital accessibility is, details on a
couple of his upcoming CSUN presentations, how AI might advance
accessibility for people with disabilities, and more…"


Yes, Icons Need Text Labels (Video)
By Aurora Harley.
"Universal icons are rare. To help overcome the ambiguity that almost
all icons face, a text label must be present alongside an icon to
clarify its meaning."

In Defense of Post-its
By Sarah Gibbons.
"Sticky notes strengthen team dynamics and represent an egalitarian,
concise means for expressing ideas in UX design projects."

When Making Design Tradeoffs, Don't Forget Hidden Costs (Video)
By Kathryn Whitenton.
"When making design decisions, analyze the alternatives to identify
hidden costs before you get stuck paying for them."

[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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