[webdev] Web Design Update: June 8, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 06:20:59 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: June 8, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 50, June 8, 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.


04: COLOR.







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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Accessibility According to Actual People with Disabilities

By Hampus Sethfors.

"'If you have a disability, what's the hardest thing about browsing
the web?' The answers to Safia Abdalla's tweet are truly eye-opening
and shows us what web accessibility should really be about..."

Tips for Making Accessibility a Core Design Principle

By Léonie Watson.

"Accessibility pioneer Léonie Watson quizzes some of the web
industry's most knowledgeable experts for their thoughts on making
websites and apps more accessible.."

How Mental Illness Can Impact Digital Access

By Lynn Wehrman.

"It's not uncommon for developers and content managers, who train and
test with our Accessibility Team, to be surprised to learn that..."

Putting Web Accessbility First

By Jay Hoffmann.

"The story of web accessibility, from the early days to today, is one
of hard work, shared empathy and, as is too often the case, a struggle
to keep up. Its success is thanks to the dedication of lawmakers from
governments around the world, members of standards bodies, and those
in the trenches making the web more accessible each and every day..."

For Review: Personalization Semantics 1.0 First Public Working Draft

By Michael Cooper.

"The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published
a First Public Working Draft of Personalization Semantics 1.0..."

Web Accessibility Laws and Policies Listing Updated

By Shawn Henry.

"The Education and Outreach Working (EOWG) has updated the Web
Accessibility Laws and Policies list..."

+02: BOOKS.

McCall, Karen.
"Styles in Word: A Primer for Accessible Document
Design",, 2017.
(Hat tip to Jennifer Sutton)

McCall, Karen. "Accessible and Usable PDF Documents: Techniques for
Document Authors, Fourth Edition",, 2017. (Hat tip to
Jennifer Sutton)


Breaking Out with CSS Grid Explained

By Rachel Andrew.

"This really nice technique for creating a full width image inside a
constrained column was being shared around recently. However, what it
didn't do was explain why this technique works. As part of my attempt
to remove all the 'it just works magic' from these techniques I
thought I would explain...."

+04: COLOR.

Color Accessibility Workflows

By Geri Coady.

"Color is a powerful tool that allows for an almost infinite array of
design options. Yet when applying color to our work, we can have a
'myopic' viewpoint that puts us, rather than our audience, front and
center. Author Geri Coady discusses some solid color considerations we
can make for our audiences in this excerpt from her new book, Color
Accessibility Workflows, available from A Book Apart."


Why We Do Moderated, Remote, Usability Testing

By Joanna Briggs.

"Guidelines and specs are helpful in the accessibility world, but they
don't always help us get to the heart of the matter: Is your site,
product, service truly usable? Joanna Briggs shares why moderated,
remote usability testing is so effective."

10 Findings From Psychology that Every User Researcher Should Know

By David Travis.

"A knowledge of psychology can help user researchers be more effective
when they plan research, make observations, analyse data and present
the results..."

Usability Testing - What Will It Result In?

By Skjoldbroder.

"Testing is all about learning. But what will we learn? This is a
reflection on 9 general patterns encountered across usability

The Mindfulness of a Manual Performance Audit

By Chip Cullen.

"Sometimes we need to go through the clothes in our closet item by
item to separate the chaff, cruft, and impulse buys from what we truly
need. An occasional performance audit done by hand, argues Chip
Cullen, gives us a detailed picture of our work, increases our
awareness of what we ask of our users, and allows us to shape our
findings in ways that make sense to stakeholders."

4 Ways to Visualize Website Behavior

By Jeff Sauro.

"MUIQ generates four visualizations that aggregate clicks and
navigation paths users take while completing tasks: heat maps, click
maps, tree paths, and linear tree paths. The visualizations complement
each other. They are like using different wavelengths of light to view
far off stars and galaxies, and each visualization helps researchers
understand potential problems with website interactions."

+06: EVENTS.

Inclusive Design 24
9 June 2017. (Actually starts June 8th in U.S.)
24 hours of free, online accessibility webinars

Web Accessibility Training
August 29-30, 2017.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.

The 2017 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium:
Automated & Manual Testing, WCAG 2.1, and Beyond
October 25-27, 2017.
Washington DC, U.S.A.

November 3-5, 2017.
Ottawa, Canada


The Modern JavaScript Tutorial

By Ilya Kantor.

"How it's done now. From the basics to advanced topics with simple,
but detailed explanations..."


AccessU 2017 Keynote - Rich Schwerdtfeger (Video)

By Knowbility.

"A very timely keynote speech from AccessU 2017 Rich Schwerdtfeger
(former thought leader at IBM) concerning "Empathy In the Workplace",
and how care for those with problems other than your own actually
promotes innovation. I strongly recommend everyone who thinks the "dog
eat dog" philosophy of business is actually productive to watch
this...It might change the way you think."


Designing Efficient Web Forms: On Structure, Inputs, Labels And Actions

By Nick Babich.

"...In this article, you'll see practical techniques that have been
gleaned from usability testing, field testing, eye-tracking studies
and actual complaints from disgruntled users..."

The Future of UX - What's Coming Next?

By Hannes Robie.

"...First of all we have to say, that UX design is still a growing
area, and in fact, it needs much more years that UX will be seen as a
common social skill...These are the six new focus areas for UX

The Most Hated Online Advertising Techniques

By Therese Fessenden.

"Modal ads, ads that reorganize content, and autoplaying video ads
were among the most disliked. Ads that are annoying on desktop become
intolerable on mobile."

A Checklist for Registration and Login Forms on Mobile

By Raluca Budiu.

"Typing a password takes twice as long on mobile than on desktop.
Follow these 12 guidelines to make registration and login less painful
on mobile devices."

Truncating Additional Images in the Gallery Causes 50-80% of Users to

Overlook Them (30% Get it Wrong)

By Christian Holst.

"...display all product thumbnails directly on the product page (i.e.,
no truncation), or reveal all product thumbnails when users click any

[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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Laura L. Carlson

Information Technology Systems and Services

University of Minnesota Duluth

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