[webdev] Web Design Update: February 16, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:18:59 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: February 16, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 34, February 16, 2017.

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:





05: HTML5.







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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


5 Approaches to Dealing with 3rd party (in)accessibility

By Karl Groves.

"...Remove it...Replace it...Fork it and fix it...Improve it after the
fact...Push on the Vendor...Of course not choosing the inaccessible
product is the best approach..."

Sounding Out the Web: Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People [Part 1]

By David Swallow.

"The largely visual nature of the web means that we tend to focus on
supporting people who are blind or partially sighted. But deaf and
hard of hearing people are often overlooked. I spoke with Ruth
MacMullen, who is an academic librarian and copyright specialist from
York in the UK, about her experience of being deaf and how it affects
her use of the web."

Website Accessibility Testing - Where to Start?

By Jeffrey Singleton.

"...We recommend you take the following approach: 1.) Decide what
standards and guidelines you will strive to meet. 2) Identify the
highest traffic pages on your website. 3) Identify the templates that
make up the framework of your site. 2) Determine the critical user
tasks/scenarios on your site (if any). 2) Know what your testing
approach will be for the accessibility audit..."

Accessibility Resources

By Vision Australia.

"...To help organisations embed accessibility into their online
delivery practices, the W3C has updated three core resources to help
you get started..."

Star Rating Widget

By Rajendra Jaladi.

"A star rating widget usually contains images of 5 stars which is used
to rate an object..."

IBM Updates Accessibility Checklists in Preparation for Section 508 Refresh

By Michael Gower.

"Last week, accessibility took a step forward. The refresh of the
Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology passed
another hurdle on its long journey to being updated for the first time
since its release in December 2000..."

Federal Complaint Alleges School District Website 'Inaccessible'

By Elena Kadvany.

"In civil-rights complaint, parent-advocate seeks to make website
fully useable for students with disabilities..."


An Introduction to the Reduced Motion Media Query

By Eric Bailey.

"The open web's success is built on interoperable technologies. The
ability to control animation now exists alongside important features
such as zooming content, installing extensions, enabling high contrast
display, loading custom stylesheets, or disabling JavaScript..."

Reduced Motion Media Query

By Apple.

"Use the prefers-reduced-motion media query to create styles that
avoid large areas of motion for users that specify a preference for
reduced motion in System Preferences."

User Queries

By Orde Saunders.

"In the CSS breakout session at Edge Conf the idea of user queries was

CSS Pseudo-Classes: Styling Elements Based on Their Index

By Tiffany Brown.

"CSS also provides selectors for matching elements based on their
position in the document subtree. These are known as child-indexed
pseudo-classes, because they rely on the position or order of the
element rather than its type, attributes, or ID. There are five..."


UX Research Cheat Sheet

By Susan Farrell.

"User research can be done at any point in the design cycle. This list
of methods and activities can help you decide which to use when."

Is Lab Usability Testing Worthless?

By Berto Ceballos.

"At least for early stage digital products..."

How Long Is the Typical Online Study?

By Jeff Sauro.

" many other answers in online research is 'it depends,' which
is hardly helpful. So we looked for data to provide some guidance..."

Web Application Testing: A Quick-Glance 7-Step Guide

By Debugme.

"Before delving into the different types of web application testing,
it's important to understand what web application testing is and why
it is a vital procedure for any web application that is brought to

+04: EVENTS.

May 19-11, 2017.
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

User Experience Lisbon
May 23-26, 2017.
Lisbon, Portugal

Design & Content Conference
July 17-19, 2017.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

+05: HTML5.

HTML5 Forms: Dependable Tools in Our Toolbox

By Estelle Weyl.

"...HTML5 not only makes marking up forms easier on the developer,
it's also better for the user. With client-side validation being
handled natively by the browser, there will be greater consistency
across different sites, and many pages will load faster without all
that redundant JavaScript..."


Website Prototyping: The Hands-on Guide

By Ben Gremillion.

"When designing for users, you need to know their end goals and
actions along the way. The two are called content and user flows,
respectively, and together they form the heart of any great website.
But how do we go from an information outline to interactive design?"


Writing JavaScript with Accessibility in Mind

By Manuel Matuzovic.

"...Tips on how to improve the accessibility of your JavaScript
components and provide users with more and better ways to interact
with your website or web app...."

Intro to ARIA (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

", we're going to be talking about ARIA, what it is, and how
you can use it to make nonaccessible controls accessible..."

JavaScript Debugging Improvements

By Joseph Pecoraro.

"...We recently took at look at our debugger to see how we could
improve the experience and make it even more useful for you..."


In Browser Spellchecking

By Steve Faulkner.

"We have changed our Quality Assurance (QA) methods recently at TPG
and now require a screen reader friendly method to find spelling
errors in HTML content displayed in the browser..."

Discovering Resilient Web Design with Jeremy Keith

By Eric Karkovack.

"...Jeremy was kind of enough to chat with us about his design
background, his affection for web history and how we can utilize the
concept of Progressive Enhancement in our work..."


A Look into Navigation in Web Design

By Ezequiel Bruni.

"...In web design, navigation is second only to content. You need good
content to sell your ideas, but that content won't mean much if your
users can't find what they're looking for..."

Great Alternatives to Hamburger Menus

By Levi Kovacs.

"How to make your navigation obvious and keep people engaged..."


W3C and EME: It Isn't About Preventing DRM But Saving the W3C

By Baldur Bjarnason.

"The debate surrounding the W3C's involvement has polarised.
Unfortunately for the W3C, both sides are right..."

A Battle Rages for the Future of the Web

By J.M. Porup.

"Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to
decide, and soon."


Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

By Christina Wodtke.

"In one of the classes I teach at CCA, students were confused by
mental models, conceptual models, concept maps, etc. I ended up making
a model for models, which may help others. This post is for them
first, then you!"

Using Swipe to Trigger Contextual Actions

By Angie Li.

"Implementations of Swipe-to-delete or swipe to reveal contextual
actions often suffer from usability problems."

Resources for Eliminating Bias in Design

By Benjamin Evans.

"In this article, Benjamin Evans explains why our brains are built to
be biased, different types of bias, how bias can negatively impact UX
design, and how UX designers can overcome their own unconscious biases
in order to create meaningful experiences for their users."

Definitive Advice on Forms: An Interview with Jessica Enders

(Podcast with transcript)

By Gerry Gaffney.

"Today's guest is a longtime friend and colleague. She is a forms
tragic. Her business is called Formulate Information Design, with the
tagline 'We Fix Forms'. She's worked for PayPal and the Mayo

[Section one ends.]


+17: 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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