+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 16, Issue 50, June 5, 2018.

David Dillard

- Volume 16, Issue 50, June 5, 2018.

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:


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

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++ SECTION ONE: New references.


WCAG 2.1 is a Web Standard "W3C Recommendation"
By Shawn Henry.
"The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published 
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) as a W3C Recommendation"

New Accessibility Recommendation Published
By Information Technology Systems & Services, University of Minnesota Duluth.
"Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 address gaps in WCAG 2.0"

Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners #2 Results
By WebAIM.
"The results of the April 2018 WebAIM Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners are now available. 
A summary of notable results is available at on the WebAIM blog."

How to Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
"Last week when I asked my friends on Twitter and Facebook whether they added alternative text 
(alt text) to the photos they post on Facebook, every person replied said they didn't know they could"

How to Create Video Captions
By John Espirian.
"Do you create video for YouTube, your website or your social media accounts? If so, adding captions 
(text subtitles) will improve the viewing experience for your audience"

5 Tips for Speeding Up the Captioning Process
By Sofia Enamorado.
"Captioning in-house can take up a lot of time. Fortunately, 
there are a couple of tips and tricks you can try to help speed up the process"

Making More Accessible
By Matthew Ström.
"…As we continue our pursuit of accessibility across all of, 
I'd like to share the work we’ve done to get here"

Education Department Sued Over New Approach to Civil Rights Complaints
By Christina Samuels.
"The U.S. Department of Education can't just ignore and fail to investigate civil-rights complaints 
from those who repeatedly file such complaints, says a lawsuit filed against the department 
from three advocacy organizations"

In Seeking to Decrease 'Burden' of Complaints, Education Department is Closing 'Meritorious' 
Civil Rights Cases, Federal Lawsuit Says
By Mark Keierleber.
"The NAACP and other civil rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against the 
U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos, seeking to reverse a recent department policy 
that has effectively dismissed hundreds of complaints it views as an unreasonable burden"

CA Court Rules Unruh Act Requires Website to Conform to WCAG 2.0 AA, But Denies Damages 
for Multiple Visits to Website
By Kristina M. Launey & Minh N. Vu.
"On May 21, a California state court in Los Angeles held on summary judgment that the Whisper Lounge restaurant 
violated California's Unruh Act by having a website that could not be used by a blind person with a screen reader, 
and ordered the restaurant to make its website comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 
(WCAG) Level 2.0 AA"


How to Make Your CSS Consistent Across Browsers
By Nesha Zoric.
"Maybe this post should be the first of the first because it's about how to start your CSS"

The State of Changing Gradients with CSS Transitions and Animations
By Ana Tudor.
"Back in 2012, Internet Explorer 10 came out and, among other things, it finally supported 
CSS gradients and, in addition to that, the ability to animate them with just CSS! 
No other browser supported this at the time, but I was hopeful for the future…"


Top 10 Questions When Recruiting Participants For User Tests
By Loop11.
"Some of the most common questions we receive at Loop11 from customers revolve around participant recruitment"

+04: EVENTS.

Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) Virtual Conference 
June 8, 2018.

Re-imagining Accessibility Guidelines
June 28, 2018.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Document Accessibility Course
July 2, 2018 and onward.

Midwest JS
August 8-10, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Digital Summit
August 22-23, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Barcelona UX Conference
September 3-7, 2018.
Barcelona, Spain

National Association of Government Web (NAGW) Conference
September 12-13, 2018.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Cascadia PHP 2018
September 14-15, 2018.
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.


The Cult of the Complex
by Jeffrey Zeldman.
"'Tis a gift to be simple. ALA's Zeldman bemoans our industry's current fetish for the 
needlessly complicated over the straightforward. Escape the cult of the complex! 
Get back to improving lives, one interaction at a time"

By Heydon Pickering.
"Some of the components I've explored here have specific standardized requirements 
in order to work as expected"

Empathy Driven Development
By Marcy Sutton.

aria-placeholder (property)
By Rakesh Paladugula. 
"Aria-placeholder property is new in ARIA 1.1 specifications. This property is used to 
provide a short hint for text input fields when it does not have any text"

WAI-ARIA (Presentation Slides)
By Patrick Lauke.
"An introduction to Accessible Rich Internet Applications"


How to Find Fonts Used in a Web Page (Video)
By Rob Hope.


Hick's Law for Choice Reaction Time: A Review
By Robert Proctor and Darryl Schneider.
"In 1952, W. E. Hick published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, “On the rate of gain of information. 
It played a seminal role in the cognitive revolution and established one of the few widely acknowledged laws in psychology, relating 
choice reaction time to the number of stimulus–response alternatives (or amount of uncertainty) in a task"

Visibility of System Status
By Aurora Harley.
"Communicating the current state allows users to feel in control of the system, take appropriate actions 
to reach their goal, and ultimately trust the brand."

Persuasive Techniques for B2B and Intranets (Video)
By Therese Fessenden. 
"Tips for simplifying decision-making and engagement on B2B and intranet sites."

[Section one ends.]


+08: 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.

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Until next time,

Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009 

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