+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 17, Issue 36, February 28, 2019.
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 17, Issue 36, February 28, 2019.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 36 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Accessibility Developer Guide
By Access for All.
"If you want to learn about accessible website development, you are at
the right place…"
Common Pitfalls and Misunderstandings in Accessibility Auditing
By Jon Gooday.
"…In this article, I want to share my insights into the things many
auditors initially misunderstand that impact the quality of their
Update on CAPTCHA Accessibility! W3C Needs Your Input
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"Do you want to take part and provide inputs to the most critical
digital accessibility problem, inaccessibility of CAPTCHA? Here is an
opportunity for you…"
Inclusive Content Strategy: How to Ensure Your Content is Accessible to Everyone
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
"At the February 2019 Accessibility Talks online meetup, AmyJune
Hineline, Drupal and WordPress Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios,
spoke about inclusive content strategy, what it means, and how to
craft content that is accessible to everyone…"
7 Ways to Make your Tweets More Accessible
By Lindsey Kopacz.
"I wrote a tweet thread a while back where I started talking about
ways to keep accessibility in mind on the platforms we use such as
How to Add Alternative Text to LinkedIn Images
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
"…I've been putting off publishing a tutorial about LinkedIn's
alternative text. Here it is…"
What You Should Know About Automatic Captions on Video Players
By Sofia Enamorado.
"The use of automatic captions is on the rise, but is the convenience
of them detrimental to your organization…"
Avoid Default Field Validation
By Adrian Roselli.
"HTML5 gives us form field validation for free. The problem is that
the default messages browsers provide are not always useful and
typically do not work with assistive technology…"
Accessibility on The Session
By Jeremy Keith.
"I spent some time this weekend working on an accessibility issue over
on The Session. Someone using VoiceOver on iOS was having a hard time
with some multi-step forms."
How to Run Higher Education Website Accessibility Projects
By Paul Bradley.
"…In this article, we outline four basic principles on which to base a
website accessibility remediation project and seven project plan
elements for making an institution's public website more accessible
and meeting the deadline date…"
A Company's Website Is Not a 'Public Accommodation' Under the ADA, a
California Court Finds
By Jason P. Brown & Robert T. Quackenboss.
"…A decision by one state trial court in California seems to adopt a
more strict reading of the definition of 'public accommodation' than
previous cases in California and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
(which includes the federal courts in California) on the subject,
which further demonstrates the difficulty that many courts, including
this one, are having with these ADA website accessibility cases…"
Hernando County Set to Settle Website accessibility Lawsuit, One in a
Wave Filed by Prolific Plaintiffs
By Jack Evans.
"A legally blind Daytona Beach man has filed similar suits against
more than two dozen public entities in Florida…"
What Does European Accessibility Standard EN 301 549 Mean for US Organizations?
By Ryan Bateman.
"I had the opportunity to chat with Shadi Abou-Zahra, the
Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist at W3C, to discuss EN
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
F87: CSS Generated Content and WCAG Conformance
By Adrian Roselli.
"The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) does a good job of
providing supporting techniques to help reviewers determine if a
specific case would violate a given Success Criterion (SC)…"
On Switching from HEX & RGB to HSL
By Sara Soueidan.
"A couple of weeks ago I tweeted about a feature that I didn't know
existed in VS Code: the visual color editor that pops up when you
hover over color values in a style sheet."
Look Ma, No Media Queries! Responsive Layouts Using CSS Grid
By Juan Martín García.
"Not only has CSS Grid reshaped the way we think and build layouts for
the web, but it has also contributed to writing more resilient code,
replacing 'hacky' techniques we've used before, and in some cases,
killing the need to rely on code for specific resolutions and
The CSS Mental Model
By Peter-Paul Koch.
This series of article smippets are a sort of try-out - pre-drafts I'd
like to get feedback on in order to figure out if I'm on the right
4 Reasons Why You Should Design Without Color First
By Anand Satyan.
"Creating your screens in grayscale before adding color forces you
think clearly and prioritize right when it comes to UX design…"
High Contrast Explainer
By Rossen Atanassov, Alison Maher.
"High contrast is a Windows accessibility feature intended to increase
the readability of text through color contrast…"
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
The WebAIM Million: What We Learned Analyzing 1,000,000 Web Site Home Pages
By Jared Smith.
"…significant and pervasive issues are present across much of the web.
While there is much work to be done to improve accessibility, these
research findings can help us identify patterns so accessibility
efforts can be better focused…"
What Is the Purpose of UX Measurement?
By Jeff Sauro.
"…Measurement and statistical analysis don't guarantee success;
instead, they improve the likelihood of success…"
How to Respond to Skepticism of Testing Small Groups of Users
By Kathryn Whitenton.
"That's just one person' and 'Our real users aren't like that' are
common objections to findings from qualitative usability testing.
Address these concerns proactively to ensure your research is
The Cross-Sequential Approach: A Short-Term Method for Studying
Long-Term User Experience
By Sari Kujala, Talya Miron-Shatz, and Jussi J. Jokinen.
"We propose a novel cross-sequential approach to accelerating the
collection of user feedback while providing a broad perspective by
analyzing samples of users at various stages of service and product
Is User Research Losing Its User Focus?
By David Hamill.
"…A user-centred approach to user research allows an organisation to
understand what is important to its users…"
Why Personas Fail (Video)
By Kim Flaherty.
"How to overcome common challenges in employing personas in UX design
projects, including stakeholders who don't understand the value of
approximated data or conversely press for over-generalized personas."
Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meet Up
March 13, 2019.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Exploring WCAG 2.1
March 20, 2019.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
10 Tips for Creating Accessible Web Content with (Updated) WCAG
March 21, 2019.
March 22, 2019.
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Accessible Content Shared Through Social Media
March 26, 2019.
2019 Digital Accessibility Trends
April 2, 2019.
New York, New York, U.S.A.
May 13-15, 2019.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
When Is A Button Not A Button?
By Vadim Makeev.
"Not everything that's round and stands out is considered to be a
button. In this article, Vadim explains how you can create a proper
interactive button for your users - one that shouldn't be confused for
Q&A with Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer
"This installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an
interview with Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer for SSB
Bart Group. Avila is also a participant in the WCAG Working Group, and
the mobile accessibility task force at the WAI…"
Derek Featherstone Interview - Accessibility is not a 'Nice to Have'
By Jeffrey Zeldman.
"Why do companies de-prioritize accessibility?…"
Quick Tip: Creating Valid and Accessible Links
By Emma Patricios.
"The anchor element is often cited as the main building block of the
World Wide Web. It is used to create a link to other pages, to anchors
within the same page, to other resources (such as a PDF) or to an
email address. How can we make sure they are accessible to everyone?…"
How to Test the AccName Algorithm Dynamically using AccName Prototype
By Bryan Garaventa.
"Since this comes up every now and again, usually with questions about
what is or not expected in the AccName computation, I wanted to pass
along the following live utility that helps to resolve this
WCAG 2.1 Parsing Error Bookmarklet - Updated 25th February 2019
By Steve Faulkner.
Thanks to Dennis Lembrée's Pull Request.
Bookmarklet: Archive Page to Wayback Machine
By Jesse Gardner.
"…I reference the Wayback Machine a lot, so requesting an archive of
the current page by prepending the url with web.archive.org/save/ is
wicked useful; but I figured I'd make it just a smidge easier by
turning it into a bookmarklet…"
Usability of Technology for Older Adults: Where Are We and Where Do We
Need to Be
By Sara J. Czaja.
"…In this paper I examine the adoption and uptake of ICTs among older
adults, the potential benefits of ICT use, and issues regarding
usability of technology…"
Footers 101: Design Patterns and When to Use Each
By Therese Fessenden.
"Footers can be found at the bottom of almost every web page, and
often take many forms, depending on the type of content on a website.
Regardless of the form they take, their presence is critical (and
Solid Vs. Outline Icons: Which Are Faster to Recognize?
By Anthony Tseng.
"…Solid icons were generally faster to recognize than outline icons,
but with a few exceptions. And some icons showed no difference in task
time. This has to do with characteristic cues…"
Breaking Down Fitts Law for UX Designers
By Sourabh Purwar.
"'Fitts' law states that the amount of time required for a person to
move a pointer to a target area is a function of the distance to the
target divided by the size of the target…"
Mobile Checkout Experience Tips (Video)
By Anna Kaley.
"Remember these essential experience elements that are often
overlooked or easily forgotten during the mobile checkout design
Exploring the Boundary Conditions of the Effect of Aesthetics on
By John Grishin, Doug Gillan.
"A growing body of usability research suggests that the aesthetics of
a system affects users' perceptions of the usability of that system.
But the causal relationship between aesthetics and usability and the
direction of that relation have not been firmly established…within the
conditions imposed by this research, it appears that usability and
aesthetics were perceived separately."
FANG is Coming For You
By Gerry McGovern.
"…Regardless of whether you're a government agency, a non-profit, or
whatever, if you've got potentially useful data and information, then
FANG is your potential competitor. If you're neglecting your search
engine, if you're not investing in your navigation and the general
usability of your digital environment, then you're just asking for
trouble. The interface is the product. The interface is the service…"
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
Cascading Style Sheets Information.
Evaluation & Testing Information.
Information Architecture Information.
Miscellaneous Web Information.
Sites & Blogs Listing.
Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information.
[Section two ends.]
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