Web Design Update: January 10, 2018

David Dillard



Web Design Update: January 10, 2018
1 post by 1 author
- Volume 16, Issue 29, January 10, 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: TOOLS.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Understanding WCAG 2.1 - Reviewing Cognitive Success Criteria
By Glenda Sims.
"Hello, everyone! We are back on our accessibility adventure through
WCAG 2.1, the seventh public working draft…"

At a Glance-Screen Reader User Survey 7 Results
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"In this article I want to summarize the Web AIM screen reader user
survey 7 results for my readers…"

Screen Reader User Survey 7 Results from WebAIM
By Dennis Lembree.
"In December 2017, results of Screen Reader User Survey #7 by WebAIM
were released…"

Digital Accessibility: How We Can Help
By Atalan. (Hat tip to  Nicolas Hoffmann)
Information and simulations on color blindness, visual impairment,
blindness, deafness, and motor disability.

Attacks on the ADA Don't Remove the Need and Responsibility for Web
By Nicolas Steenhout.
"Two bits of news about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in
the last couple weeks are of concern for people with disabilities. It
is also concerning for those of us working in the field of

Blind Woman Sues 30 Websites Over Handicap Accessibility
By Priscilla DeGregory and Emily Saul.
"…Maria Mendizabal, who is legally blind, claims that the Web sites
for companies such as Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, De Beers, Barney's, Donna
Karan, and Kleinfeld Bridal aren't compatible with screen-reading
software that translates the written content into either audio or

2017 Website Accessibility Lawsuit Recap: A Tough Year for Businesses
By Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
"2017 saw an unprecedented number of website accessibility lawsuits
filed in federal and state courts, and few courts willing to grant
early motions to dismiss."


CSS Versus Personalization
By Tobib Spline.
"…My thesis in this article is that CSS and the web as a whole put too
much power in the hands of authors and too little power in the hands
of users to allow effective personalization. Still, I will try to find
some practical guidelines that may facilitate better personalization
on the web…"

New Flexbox Guides on MDN
By Rachel Andrew.
"In preparation for CSS Grid shipping in browsers in March 2017, I
worked on a number of guides and reference materials for the CSS Grid
specification, which were published on MDN…"


The User Researcher's Field Guide to Psychology
By David Travis.
"When planning user research studies, there are four fundamental
principles from psychology that user researchers must know. These are:
your users do not think like you think; your users don't have good
insight into the reasons for their behaviour; the best predictor of
your users' future behaviour is their past behaviour; and your users'
behaviour depends on context."

+04: EVENTS.

Beyond the Basics of PDF Accessibility - 2018 Update
January 18, 2018.

2018 Digital Accessibility Trends
January 23, 2018.

Embracing Plain Language for Better Accessibility
January 24, 2018.

DrupalCon Nashville
April 9-13, 2018.
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Designing with Accessibility in Mind
April 9-15, 2018.


Why Mutation Can Be Scary
By Zell Liew.
"Unexpected changes in your JavaScript code can be a real headache.
When working with objects, it can be even harder to prevent unintended
mutation. Zell Liew shows us some tricks (and libraries) to prevent
these unintended changes and ensure stability when working with


Hypertext and Our Collective Destiny
By Tim Berners-Lee, 12 October 1995.
"A talk in which I felt I had ben asked only to say things I hadn't
said before. It was part of symposium at MIT arranged by Andy Van Dam
in honor of the 50th anniversary of Vannevar Bush's visionary article
"As We May Think" in the Atlantic monthly in 1945. Various gurus from
the history of hypertext were assembled, to talk and be taped."

Improving Your Tweet Accessibility
By Adrian Roselli.
"…This post gathers some tips you can and should use…"

Building a Better Magnifier With the Power of the Web
By Shwetank Dixit.
"This post is about how we used the web to build a better magnifier.
Check it out (using Chrome or Opera on Android, due to it currently
being the only browsers which supports the needed APIs properly) and
please give us feedback to improve it further…"

Careful Now
By Chris Coyier.
"Tom Warren's "Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6" for
The Verge has a title that, to us front-end web developers, suggests
that Chrome is turning into a browser far behind in technology and
replete with tricky bugs…"


Four Damnable Examples of Dark Patterns
By Rebecca Sentance.
"…Here's Rebecca Sentance with a follow-up to 2016's Dark Patterns
post, where we highlight the worst examples of manipulative navigation
and tricksy UX…"

Improving Text Readability for Dyslexic Users with Skip-ink Underlines
By Damien Senger.
"…As designers, we can help dyslexic users to read more easily our
content and interfaces without too much technical requirements…"

+08: TOOLS.

"Ace, the Accessibility Checker for EPUB, is a tool developed by the
DAISY Consortium to assist with the evaluation of accessibility
features of EPUB publications."


What Makes a Design Seem 'Intuitive'?
By  Jared M. Spool.
"…Once you understand how 'intuitive' works-what makes someone
perceive a design to be intuitive-it becomes easier to make the
decision as to whether an intuitive design is worth the extra effort.
The knowledge your users have when they arrive at the design (current
knowledge), what knowledge they'll need to complete their tasks
(target knowledge), and what the design needs to do to help them
complete the task (the gap) are the key ingredients for making an
interface that seems 'intuitive' to your users."

10 Best Intranets of 2018
By Kara Pernice, Amy Schade, and Patty Caya.
"The winners of our 17th Intranet Design Annual came from smaller
organizations, had smaller intranet teams who relied on internal
resources and external help to create the best intranets."

The Fold Manifesto: How to Encourage Scrolling (Video)
By Amy Schade.
"The page fold still matters and still applies. Even though the exact
location of the fold differs between devices, it exists for every
single user on every single screen."

User-Experience Quiz: 2017 UX Year in Review
By Raluca Budiu.
"Test your UX knowledge by taking our quiz. All questions and answers
are based on articles that we published last year."

UX Research - A dedicated role, or a skill everyone develops? The answer : Yes
By Peter Merholz.
"Over the holiday break emerged a Twitter discussion about the role of
design research. It started here…"

10 Small Things You Can Do to Become More User-Centred
By Mark Dalgarno.

[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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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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