[webdev] Web Design Update: June 1, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:25:29 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: June 1, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 49, June 1, 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:


02: BOOKS.




06: HTML5.





11: XML.


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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up - Part 2

By Caitlin Geier.

"...This post will offer technical guidance on some of the practical
issues of building accessibility into your design process, and I'll
take a deeper look into elements that need more thought in the design
phase, including some advice on using pattern libraries to help with


Floating Labels are a Bad Idea

By Adam Silver.

"After writing Placeholders are Problematic some people suggested the
floating label pattern. We are often seduced by novel patterns that
save space but this pattern is a bad idea. Here's why..." floating-labels-are-a-bad-idea-82edb64220f6

Best Practices for Creating Accessible Video for Blind and Low-Vision Viewers

By: Elisa Edelberg.

"When recording video content - whether it be a lecture in front of a
large audience, a small presentation in a meeting, or a movie trailer
- there are several best practices to make adding audio description
easier, or even alleviate the need for audio description
altogether..." best-practices-for-creating-accesible- video-for-blind-and-low-vision-viewers/

How to Add Captions or Subtitles to a Video

By Ryan Knott.

"People who are deaf or hard of hearing rely on captions (or
subtitles) to understand your video's content. But there are a lot of
other great reasons for using them, as well..."

User Facing State

By Scott O'Hara.

"...The main thing I want you to take away from all of this is that if
you are only toggling classes to visually manage state of your
components, you are likely not appropriately conveying that state to
users of assistive technologies. You need to be using the appropriate
elements (<button></button>s are your friend!), and managing the
appropriate attributes and their values to make truly accessible user

Target Size: Screenshots With Target Boundaries

By Detlev Fischer.

"What would happen if target size became a new WCAG Success Criterion..."

Accessibility and the Self-Organizing Team

By Justin Stockton.

"...Once the team has a better understanding of what accessibility is
and how it effects their role, it is usually much easier to get them
to take on accessibility related tasks..." accessibility-and-the-self-organizing-team/

+02: BOOKS.

Coady, Geri. Color Accessibility Workflows, A Book Apart, 2017.


An Introduction to CSS Grid

By Charlotte Jackson.

"I recently ran a class at work to introduce some of my colleagues to
CSS Grid..."


Lab Testing Beyond Usability: Challenges and Recommendations for
Assessing User Experiences

By Carine Lallemand and Vincent Koenig.

"...Results indicate that the laboratory setting has a strong impact
on the participants' perceived UX, and support a discussion of the
quality and limitations of laboratory evaluations regarding UX

To Intervene or Not to Intervene: An Investigation of Three
Think-Aloud Protocols in Usability Testing

By Obead Alhadreti and Pam Mayhew.

"...In this paper, we have compared the performance of the traditional
concurrent think-aloud method with two interactive versions of the
method:.." intervene-think-aloud-protocols-usability-testing/

How to Turn UX Research Into Results

By Cindy McCracken.

"...with a little preparation, it's a straightforward process to turn
your research insights into real results..."

5 Techniques to Identify Clusters In Your Data

By Jeff Sauro.

"...The process involves examining observed and latent (hidden)
variables to identify the similarities and number of distinct groups.
Here are five ways to identify segments..."

Eye Tracking in Retrospective Think-Aloud Usability Testing: Is There

Added Value?

By Fatma Elbabour, Obead Alhadreti, Pam Mayhew.

"...One of the most popular usability testing methods is known as the
think-aloud protocol, which as the name implies refers to the act of
verbalizing thoughts of a certain cognitive process. ..."

Demystifying Website Heat Maps: A Complete Guide for Enterprise Buyers

By Rory Gallagher.

"Heat maps: It's probably the broadest, most popular category of
insight tools available to any company that wants to understand and
improve the user experience on their website..."

+05: EVENTS.

We RISE Women in Tech Conference
June 23-24, 2017.
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

August 23-27, 2017.
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Pacific Northwest PHP
September 7-9, 2017.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Generate London
September 20-22, 2017.
London, England, United Kingdom

October 7-8, 2017.
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Interact London
October 18, 2017.
London, England, United Kingdom

+06: HTML5.

HTML5: Where the Core Web Technology is Headed Now

By Paul Krill.

"The staple of the open web platform, the HTML5 standard is undergoing
both incremental and fundamental change..." html5-where-the-core-web-technology-is-headed-now.html

Under-Engineered Custom Radio Buttons and Checkboxen
By Adrian Roselli.
"I keep seeing overly-complex controls with additional elements as
style hooks, scripting to make up for non-semantic replacements,
images that need to be downloaded, and so on..." under-engineered-custom-radio-buttons-and-checkboxen.html


I'd Like To Talk To You About ARIA Abuse From A Screen Reader User's Perspective

By Amanda Rush.

"As a screen reader user, I've seen abuses that make me want to
strangle developers. I think the worst abuse I've ever come across,
(and I'm sorry I can't find it again to provide a demonstration of
it), was one where role='alert' was used to deliver advertisements and
calls to action on a website..."

Managing State in CSS with Reusable JavaScript Functions - Part 2

By Luke Harrison.

"...In this article, I'll be providing some solutions to these
shortcomings, as well as baking in more features and general
improvements to make our reusable function even more powerful..." managing-state-css-reusable-javascript-functions-part-2/

What Is Event Bubbling in JavaScript? Event Propagation Explained

By Giulio Mainardi.

"Event bubbling is a term you might have come across on your
JavaScript travels. It relates to the order in which event handlers
are called when one element is nested inside a second element, and
both elements have registered a listener for the same event (a click,
for example)..."


The Revolution Will Not Be Handheld

By Gerry Gaffney.

"...changes are occurring that seem likely to challenge the hegemony
of the handheld device. Perhaps it's a good time to look up from our
screens and take in our surroundings..."

Designing and Debugging with Ducks in Your Web Projects

By Daniel James.

"If you keep up with the jargon within the web development and design
industry it's likely that at some point you will have come across the
term "duck" at least once or twice. Apart from it being fun to feed
bread to them, ducks in the web industry hold at least two completely
different meanings."


Why Headings and Landmarks are so Important (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

"Today, I want to talk about headings and landmarks...the importance
that they play in accessible navigation..."

The 5 Steps of Successful Customer Journey Mapping

By Kate Kaplan.

'Five key steps comprise a standardized framework for customer journey
mapping that can be scaled to any scope or timeline."

Design Trend: Side Navigation Is Everywhere, but Does It Work?

By Carrie Cousins.

"There's a trending topic in website design navigation: sidebar menus.
More designers are working with vertical side navigation for projects,
with a specific location on the left side for many of these website


Better Form Design: One Thing Per Page (Case Study)

By Adam Silver.

"In 2008, I worked on They wanted a single-page checkout
with the trendiest of techniques from that era, including accordions,
AJAX and client-side validation..."

Product Page UX: All Products Need at Least One 'In Scale' Image (28%
Get It Wrong)

By Christian Holst.

"Our testing shows that 42% of users will try to grasp the size of a
product though the product page images, but without an 'In Scale'
image this becomes needlessly difficult and inaccurate."

+11: XML.

Stuff at the Top of an SVG

By Peter Nowell.

"If you've ever opened up an SVG file to look at the code, you've
probably thought to yourself: 'What's all that stuff at the top?..."

[Section one ends.]


+12: 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

[Issue ends.]