+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 17, Issue 31, January 23, 2019.

David Dillard


- Volume 17, Issue 31, January 23, 2019. 

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: EVENTS. 
04: HTML. 

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

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++ SECTION ONE: New references. 


Exclusive Design 
By Vasilis van Gemert. 
"…if we want to create truly inclusive websites, expertise in 
ourselves is not enough. We also need expertise in designing 
interfaces for people who are excluded. This expertise is lacking…" 

UX Foundations: Accessibility (Online Course) 
By Microsoft Dev Collective. 
"…In this course, you'll learn how accessibility lowers the barrier to 
entry, by providing equal access and opportunity to people with a 
diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities…" 

Meeting Web Accessibility Guidelines (Online Course) 
By Microsoft Dev Collective. 
"…you will get hands-on, practical code examples that you can start 
using today towards your goal of meeting official accessibility 

Why Gen Z Loves Closed Captioning 
By Lance Ulanoff. 
"…When the NCI first co-developed closed captioning technology some 50 
years ago, they called it 'words worth watching,' and it did transform 
millions of lives. Today, we may be witnessing - or reading - a 
similar revolution." 

Accessibility Reviews 
By Adrian Roselli et al. 
"A community-driven resource to both find and share information on the 
accessibility of tools, services, platforms, and so on…" 
Accessibility Reviews on GitHub: 

How to Remove Automatic Captions from Your YouTube Videos 
By Sofia Enamorado. 
"Once you've uploaded a video to YouTube, you'll notice that YouTube's 
automatic captions are turned on. Even if you've uploaded your own 
captions or created captions in YouTube's transcription interface, 
automatic captions will still show up as an option on your video…" 

1.4.11 Non-Text Contrast 
By Rakesh Paladugula. 
"1.4.11 Non-text contrast is similar to 1.4.3 Contrast minimum. People 
with low vision will have tough time reading and understanding the 
content that has poor contrast…" 

Domino's Pizza app Must be Accessible to Blind People 
By BBC News. 
"Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully 
accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US…" 

Federal Appellate Courts Ring In the New Year by Taking Up Website and 
Mobile Application Accessibility 
By Shira M. Blank. 
"…the best way to avoid falling prey to such a suit is to achieve 
substantial conformance with WCAG 2.1 Levels A and AA (confirming such 
status by human-based code and user/assistive-technology testing)…" 

Blind N.Y. Resident Sues NU Over Website Accessibility 
By Maria Lovato. 
"…Jason Camacho filed a lawsuit against 50 universities across the 
country, including Northeastern. He alleged that the colleges are 
violating the Americans with Disabilities Act…" 

Northeastern Complaint (PDF): 


The Flexbox Holy Albatross 
By Heydon Pickering. 
"…the solution struck me. And now I'm going to share it with you…" 

+03: EVENTS. 

Tackling a Huge Website with WCAG-EM 
February 28, 2019. 

An Event Apart Seattle 
March 4-6, 2019. 
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 

Web Accessibility Training 
March 5-6, 2019. 
Logan, Utah, U.S.A. 

South by Southwest Interactive 
March 8-17, 2019. 
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. 

Accessibility Camp Bay Area 
March 9, 2019. 
San Francisco Califorina, U.S.A. 

March 12-13, 2019. 
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 

ConFoo Montreal 
March 13-15, 2019. 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

+04: HTML. 

How Do You Figure? 
By Scott O'Hara. 
"Introduced as part of HTML5, the figure and figcaption elements are 
meant to create a meaningful markup structure that…" 

HTML5 Input Types: Where Are They Now? 
By Drew McLellan. 
"HTML5 introduced thirteen new types of form input, adding 
significantly to the number of different fields web designers and 
developers could add to our forms. These new types all require 
browsers to support them, and take-up has been slower than some of us 
would have liked. What is the state of those field types in 2019? 
Which can we use, and which should still be avoided…" 


What is Tree Shaking and How Does It Work? 
By Ire Aderinokun. 
"When Javascript applications get to a certain size, it's helpful to 
separate the code into modules. However, when we do so, we can end up 
with code imported that isn't actually used. Tree shaking is a method 
of optimising our code bundles by eliminating any code from the final 
file that isn't actually being used…" 


Design Thinking 101 (Video) 
By Sarah Gibbons. 
"What is 'design thinking' and why should you care? The 6 steps of the 
process defined." 


Designing for Friction and Flow in Customer Journeys (Video) 
By Maria Rosala. 
"Friction and Flow are two concepts in interaction design that assist 
users in their tasks, whether this is to prevent errors or to 
encourage completion. As designers, it's important to use both as and 
when required in the user journey. This video explains when you might 
need to consider adding friction into the user journey." 


What's Really Behind Most UX Issues 
By Joe Natoli. 
"what I've seen is that UX and design issues that are present in 
software products - sites, apps, systems - come directly from 
misalignment of individual intent. And there are three flavors of 
this: personal, organizational and political." 

Building Better Forms™ by not Taking Away Affordances 
By Bram(us) Van Damme. 
"Don't fiddle too much with your forms' look and feel. A small 
innocent-looking piece of CSS, even when combined with semantically 
correct HTML, could leave you with a degraded UX and lesser 

The Dangers of Overpersonalization 
By Kim Flaherty and Kate Moran. 
"Too much personalization leads to homogeneous experiences for users 
and can generate content fatigue and lack of diversity." 

What Parallax Lacks 
By Katie Sherwin. 
"Parallax-scrolling effects add visual interest, but they often create 
usability issues, such as content that is slow to load or hard to 
read. Consider if the benefits are worth the cost." 

Gamification in the User Experience (Video) 
"Gamification is the usage of game mechanics in non-game contexts, 
such as mainstream UX design. The most successful implementations of 
gamification begin with a learner-centered mindset." 

The Web is a Pattern of Human Behavior 
By Gerry McGovern. 
"… Life on the Web is a mix of the fake and the real, just like life 
has always been. And there are common patterns everywhere." 

[Section one ends.] 


+09: 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 
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009 

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