[webdev] Web Design Update: February 2, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 06:08:25 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: February 2, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 32, February 2, 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:







07: TOOLS.



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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Interstellar Travel for All

By Tau Station.

"...So how can we make a canvas star map like this accessible to a
wider range of players? Or rather, how can we make sure players aren't
just looking at a blank screen?..."

Gaming Interview: 'Tau Station' - Making a Whole Universe Accessible

By Tristan Parker.

"As the accessible gaming community grows at a rapid pace, so too does
the number of games being developed with accessibility for all users
in mind. 'Tau Station' is a fascinating example of good practice in
this area."

One Third of Councils Fail Web Accessibility Testing in UK-Wide Survey

By Tristan Parker.

An annual review of council websites across the UK has revealed that
one third of local government sites failed first-stage testing to find
out how accessible their websites are for users with disabilities.

Scaling Accessibility with WorldSpace Attest

By Marcy Sutton.

"In this post, accessibility evangelist and senior front-end engineer
Marcy Sutton explores how to scale accessibility with WorldSpace
Attest, which helps catch accessibility issues early on in the
development process..."

The Optimizer's Guide to Web Accessibility

By Shanelle Mullin.

"What if you found out you are, at best, only optimizing your site for
81% of the people who might possibly visit it?..."

Slides: Implementing Accessibility for a11yTO

By Adrian Roselli.

"Accessibility Toronto has started a series this year where its
members will be able to get (re)introduced to accessibility..." slides-implementing-accessibility-for-a11yto/

Accessibility Patterns for the Web

By eBay. (Hat Tip to Jennifer Sutton)

"This site contains all working examples for the book eBay MIND
Patterns - Accessibility Patterns for the Web..."

Court Says Settlement Agreement Does Not Bar Later Website
Accessibility Lawsuit by a Different Plaintiff

By Kristina M. Launey & Minh Vu.

"With the recent proliferation of web accessibility demand letters and
lawsuits, businesses often ask whether settling a claim with one
plaintiff will bar future lawsuits brought by different plaintiffs.
One federal judge recently said no..." not-bar-later-website-accessibility-lawsuit-by-a-different-plaintiff/

Agreement Between Mass. Eye and Ear and Bay State Council of the Blind

By Law Office of Lainey Feingold.

"...By September 30, 2016, all electronic document files shall satisfy
WCAG 2.0 Conformance Level AA Success Criteria..."

Section 508 Refresh!

By Dennis Lembree.

"Huge news! The very long awaited 'Section 508 Refresh' was officially
published in the U.S. Federal Register January 18, 2017..."


CSS Selectors - Specificity

By Tiffany B. Brown.

"Think of specificity as a score or rank that determines which style
declarations are ultimately applied to an element. The universal
selector (*) has low specificity. ID selectors are highly specific.
Descendant selectors such as p img and child selectors such as .panel
h2 are more specific than type selectors such as p, img, or h1..."

Level Up Your CSS Skills With These 20 Pro CSS Tips

By Vail Joy.

"This guide covers 20 Pro CSS Tips to help you cut down on duplicate
rules and overrides, standardize the flow of styling across your
layouts and will help you create a personal starting framework that is
not only efficient, but solves many common problems..."

CSS Fundamentals: Design Principles 1-3 of 10

By Molly E. Holzschlag.

"There are 10 #CSS Design Principles..." css-fundamentals-design-principles-1-3-of-10/


How Accurate Are UX Metrics From Online Panels?

By Jeff Sauro.

"Online panels are a major source of participants for both market
research and UX research studies..."

Guerrilla UX

By Sara Cruz.

"How we made Agile and User testing play nice..."

+04: EVENTS.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 18, 2017.

June 17, 2017.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Code 2017
July 26-27, Melbourne, Australia.
July 31-August 1, Sydney, Australia.
August 7, Brisbane, Australia.

October 29-November 1, 2017.
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

An Event Apart Denver
December 11-13, 2017.
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.


Using Card Sorting to Create Stronger Information Architecture

By Jitesh Jaidev Jumani.

"...During a typical card-sorting exercise, participants organize a
set of cards comprising navigation items for a particular context into
categories or groups that seem logical to them..." using-card-sorting-to-create-stronger-information-architectures.php


A Beginner's Guide to JavaScript Variables and Datatypes

By Tania Rascia.

"So you've decided to learn JavaScript, the programming language of
the web. If it seems like a daunting journey ahead and you don't know
where to start, here's a little secret: it doesn't take any special
skill to learn how to program, and everyone starts at zero. Take it
one step at a time, and you'll get there..." beginners-guide-javascript-variables-and-datatypes/

+07: TOOLS.


By Asqatasun.

"Contrast-Finder finds correct color contrasts for web accessibility..."


Flat Design Decreases User Efficiency (Video)

By Kate Meyer.

"Clickable UI elements with absent or weak visual signifiers condition
users to click and hover uncertainly across pages-reducing efficiency.

The Aesthetic-Usability Effect

By Kate Meyer.

"Users are more tolerant of minor usability issues when they find an
interface visually appealing. This aesthetic-usability effect can mask
UI problems and can prevent issue discovery during usability testing."

Microcontent: A Few Small Words Have a Mega Impact on Business

By Hoa Loranger and Jakob Nielsen.

"Well-written, short text fragments presented out of supporting
context can provide valuable information and nudge web users toward a
desired action. microcontent-how-to-write-headlines-page-titles-and-subject-lines/

Unified UX (Video)

By Cameron Moll.

"With multi-screen use progressively increasing among web users,
creating a unified user experience across screens is imperative to our
work. In this 60-minute presentation captured live at An Event Apart
Austin, designer and Authentic Jobs founder Cameron Moll examines
what's required to deliver a unified, consistent user experience
regardless of where the digital experience begins, continues, or

[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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