+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 17, Issue 33, February 7, 2019.

David Dillard

- Volume 17, Issue 33, February 7, 2019. 

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: 

04: EVENTS. 
05: HTML. 
08: TOOLS. 

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

[Contents ends.] 

++ SECTION ONE: New references. 


How My Brain-Damaged Mother Changed How I Look at Interface Design 
(Hat tip to Jim Allan) 
By John Brownlee. 
"Her technical expertise launched a billion phone calls, yet now she 
is routinely thwarted by what many hail as one of the most accessible 
UIs on the planet…" 

Takeaways from Digital Accessibility - Guide to Trustworthy Free 
Online Resources 
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro. 
"At yesterday's free Digital Accessibility Support - Guide to 
Trustworthy Free Online Resources webinar hosted by The Paciello 
Group, Shawn Henry from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the 
World Wide Web Consortium shared a wealth of information about the 
digital accessibility resources available on the WAI website…" 

Complete Guide to Accessible Video and Audio for the Web 
By Stefany Newman. 
"…Captions, transcript, audio description, non-seizure/migraine 
inducing content, keyboard functions, accessible player - it all ties 
together to create an incredible experience for abled and disabled 
users. But all the inventions in the world are useless without the 
ultimate ingredient - desire. A desire to share your content and to 
make it in a way as many people as possible will be able to enjoy. Not 
only will you reap enormous benefits, but you will get the best gain 
ever - making the world a better place…" 

Make Your Hashtags Accessible 
By Bureau of Internet Accessibility. 
"…To make your hashtags more accessible, capitalize the first letter 
of each word (sometimes called "camel case" or "camel backing")…" 

AcceDe Web Guidelines (Hat tip to Nicolas Hoffmann) 
By Atalan. 
"The AcceDe Web guides are written from the perspective of each of the 
key project stakeholders and cover the full Web project cycle…" 

7 Things You Should Know About Accessibility Policy 
"Accessibility policies frame standards and expectations for how a 
college or university's programs, services, and facilities serve the 
needs of people with disabilities…" 

Due Process and Primary Jurisdiction Defenses to Website Accessibility 
Claims Fall Like Dominoes in the Ninth Circuit 
By  Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. 
"…Consistent with the DOJ's position in its September 25, 2018 letter 
regarding website accessibility, the court noted that public 
accommodations are provided 'maximum flexibility in meeting the 
[ADA's] requirements.' Nonetheless, conformance to WCAG 2.0 or 2.1 
likely remains the only predictably safe standard to ensure that 
websites comply with the ADA." 

Websites Need to be More Accessible for Disabled People 
By S.E. Smith. 
"A recent wave of lawsuits - some of them controversial - is bringing 
the issue to the fore…" 


A Guide To CSS Support In Browsers 
By Rachel Andrew. 
"It can be frustrating when you want to use a feature and discover 
that it is not supported or behaves differently across browsers. In 
this article, Rachel Andrew details the different types of browser 
support issues, and shows how CSS is evolving to make it easier to 
deal with them. …" 


Research Questions Are Not Interview Questions 
By Erika Hall. 
"The most significant source of confusion in design research is the 
difference between research questions and interview questions…" 

What Is the CE11 (And Is It Better than the NPS)? 
By Jeff Sauro. 
"For measuring the user experience, I recommend using a mix of 
task-based and study-level measures that capture both attitudes (e.g. 
SUS, SUPR-Q, SEQ, and NPS) and actions (e.g. completion rates and 

How to Effectively Address the Usability Debt Within Your Product 
By Catriona Shedd. 
"Many companies fall into a dreaded pattern of continuing to ship new 
features without going back and iterating upon things that were 
previously shipped based on research and insights…" 

+04: EVENTS. 

ARIA: Apply Sparingly 
March 25, 2019. 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. 

#PerfMatters Conference 
April 2-3, 2019. 
Redwood City, Califorina, U.S.A. 

University of Illinois WebCon 
April 3-5, 2019. 
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. 

AIGA Design Conference 
April 4-6, 2019. 
Pasadena, California, U.S.A. 

DrupalCon Seattle 
April 8-12, 2019. 
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 

Funka Accessibility Days 
April 9-10, 2019. 
Stockholm, Sweden 

ABLE Summit 
April 11-12, 2019. 
Beirut, Lebanon 

+05: HTML. 

Revisiting the abbr Element 
By Ire Aderinokun. 
"…I've gotten some feedback on some accessibility-related issues to 
the implementation. Scott O'Hara in particular raised a lot of 
important concerns…" 

How Do You Figure? 
By Chris Coyier. 
"…The point is that you can't write it once because <figcaption> and 
alt do different things." 

Reconsidering Pre and Reflow 
By Wayne Dick. 
"I think the time of Pre has passed for everything except 'typewriter 
art'. We entered the computer era with all literature text files, end 
of line, spaces and return symbols. That is 'preformatted text'…" 


Paying Tribute to the Web with View Source 
By David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH). 
"…The web is just a marvel of a platform. So unique. So empowering. 
It's easy to just fall into the trap of 'what can the web do for me, 
for my business, for my customers'. Some times it's worth taking a 
step back and ask yourself: What can I do for the web? One answer: 
Protect and promote View Source." 


Léonie Watson on Why Semantic HTML Document Landmarks Assist Her Using 
a Screenreader (Video) 
By Léonie Watson. 
An excerpt from February 5 Smashing Webinar. 

+08: TOOLS. 

WCAG 2.1 Color Contrast Analyzer 
By Rakesh Paladugula. 
"…The new CCA tool is developed by The Paciello Group. Additional 
information of the tool can be found at the  Color contrast analyzer 
page. The code and other information including Mac and Windows 
versions are at download CCA page…" 


The Immutable Rules of UX (Video) 
By Jakob Nielsen. 
"Jakob Nielsen's keynote at the Las Vegas UX Conference discussed the 
foundational principles of user experience that are stable decade 
after decade." 

How to Report Errors in Forms: 10 Design Guidelines 
By Rachel Krause. 
"Help users recover from errors by clearly identifying the problems 
and allowing users to access and correct erroneous fields easily." 

Status Trackers and Progress Updates: 16 Design Guidelines 
By Maria Rosala. 
"Status trackers are pull; progress updates are push. Both are used to 
track the delivery of a product or service. When they work together 
effectively, users are informed and in control." 

Search UX: 6 Essential Elements for 'No Results' Pages 
By Edward Scott. 
"During our large-scale Search usability testing, many users at some 
point encountered a 'No Results' page as they searched for products…" 

Use and Convenience Replace Trust and Security 
By Gerry McGovern. 
"…Those that make it simple and easy are ruling the world. Those that 
understand what people do, rather than what people say, are ruling the 
world. For good or ill, you can't craft an effective customer 
experience on a website or app, 'if you don't first and foremost truly 
understand your customers. Facebook knows this. Google knows this. But 
nine out of ten organizations that I deal with don't. And then we 
wonder why Facebook and Google have become so dominant?" 

[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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