+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 17, Issue 20, November 6, 2018.

David Dillard

Laura Carlson <>

Nov 6, 2018, 7:25 AM
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- Volume 17, Issue 20, November 6, 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:

02: COLOR.
05: HTML.

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

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++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Writing Text Descriptions
By Léonie Watson.
"Really good accessibility takes a strong strategy, thoughtful design,
 and robust technical implementation, but often it's the small things
 that make all the difference to the person consuming your content…"

5 Digital Accessibility Myths Busted
By Carie Fisher.
"By now you have most likely have heard the term digital accessibility
and may have an inkling about what it is- but have you bought into the
 hype? Or are you secretly asking yourself questions like…"

Trouble Tabbing To Tabs and Cheeky Checking Checkboxes
By Scott O'Hara.
"Sometimes, despite best efforts, there will be accessibility issues in a code base…"

YouTube Video Series About Captioning
By University of Minnesota Duluth.
Learn about the importance of captions, how to caption, and captioning
 best practices in 4 short videos. Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, a Deaf YouTube
presenter, released a series of videos on captioning…

Accessibility NYC Meetup Recap: WCAG 2.1: An Evening With Andrew Kirkpatrick (Video)
By Andrew Kirkpatrick.
"Presenter Andrew Kirkpatrick discussed the process used to develop WCAG 2.1,
what new requirements are included, and what resources are available to support
implementation of the new standard…"

WCAG 2.1 What's New and What to Do With It
By Alastair Campbell.
Alastair's #ID24 2018 presentation. "The Web Content Acessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
have been updated after 10 years of use. Using the new requirements from version 2.1,
Alastair walks through the new guidelines, and provides advice on how to use them in
 your organization."

WCAG 2.1 What You Need to Know About the Most Recent Accessibility Standards (Video)
By Eduardo Meza and Kara Zirkel.
"…In this webinar you will learn: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: A brief history of
the W3C, WCAG and how people with disabilities use the web WCAG 2.1:
Discovering what's new and how to use the new success criteria when testing for accessibility…"

Q&A: The What, Why, and  How, of Digital Accessibility for Business
By Jaclyn Leduc.
"Inaccessible websites deter people with disabilities. In fact, 71% of individuals with
disabilities will leave a website if they find it is inaccessible. So, how do you make a
website accessible? Where do you even begin?…"

In Defense of the #a11y Hashtag
By Amanda J. Rush.
"There are some accessibility issues you could call evergreen. One of them is whether
we should use the #a11y or #accessibility hashtag when spreading the good word on
the social medias…"

Lawsuits Charge 15 New York Wineries with Discrimination Against Visually Impaired
By Leslie Gevirtz.
"With a recent wave of lawsuits, many wonder if the goal is to fix winery website
accessibility problems or simply generate lawyers' fees…"

+02: COLOR.

Understanding WCAG 2 Contrast and Color Requirements
By WebAIM.
"…With many combinations of text and background colors, it is impossible to use
non-underlined links and also meet all of the WCAG guidelines.
 This becomes increasingly difficult if the links change color on hover or focus.
Each of the colors in these states must also have at least a 4.5:1 contrast ratio
difference with the background. WCAG 2.0 and Link Colors on the WebAIM blog
explores the WCAG requirements for link colors in more depth."


In Analytics, What do the Numbers Really Mean? (Video)
By Katie Sherwin.
"Analytics data are only as valuable as the insights derived from them.
 Some figures can stand on their own while others need further research
to be interpreted. To use analytics data confidently and accurately,
 teams must understand the difference."

Better Practices for Scrappy Testing
By Zachary Walsh.
"We should test that to find out for sure…"

How Do We Do UX With Agile?
By John Cutler.
"Let me propose (humbly) that this may be the wrong question…"

Prioritization Matrices in UX Decision Making (Video)
By Sarah Gibbons.
Prioritization charts or matrices can help UX practitioners base important
decisions on objective, relevant criteria instead of subjective opinions."

+04: EVENTS.

VPATs. How to Construct. How to Assess.
November 12, 2018.
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Universal Design for Learning with Samantha Johns
November 13, 2018.
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Accessibility in Web Applications with JavaScript - a Roundtable Discussion
November 13, 2018.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Cleveland Accessibility November Get-Together... and Book Club!
November 15, 2018.
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Accessibility Empathy Lab with Glenda Sims
November 19, 2018.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

2018 Year-End Event with Speaker Lainey Feingold
December 5, 2018.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Podcast Transcribe Party
December 18, 2018.
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

+05: HTML.

Tags to DOM
By Travis Leithead.
"In the second installment of A List Apart's four-part 'From URL
to Interactive' series, Travis Leithead, former editor of W3C's HTML spec,
 walks us through the process of parsing HTML: from how browsers
create trees to how the DOM responds to events. Equipped with this knowledge,
 you'll be able to make smarter DOM decisions, reduce time to interactive,
and eliminate unintended reflows."


Debug JavaScript On The Fly With DevTools
By Karl Dubost.
"On webcompat, we try to diagnose bugs reported about sites,
we do not have the original sources…"


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
By Marguerite Reardon.
"Net neutrality is already dead, but the high court has left in place
a lower court ruling that preserves the FCC's actual authority to adopt such rules…"

Google Chrome's Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line
By Bennett Cyphers and Mitch Stoltz.
"Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Chrome routinely
leads the pack in features for security and usability, most recently helping to
drive the adoption of HTTPS. But when it comes to privacy, specifically
protecting users from tracking, most of its rivals leave it in the dust…"


Access & Use
By Detlev Fischer.
"New resource showing accessibility problems of dynamic web components
in many tests with users (video). It covers the accessibility of common dynamic
web components like drop-down navigation, dialogs, tabbed interfaces,
carousels and the like…"


Radio Buttons Define Us. Let's Make Better Tech
By Sarah Horton.
"Radio button controls are the most insistent of all user interface patterns…"

See Different
By Philip Hodgson
"Being able to see things through the eyes of someone else is one of the most
important abilities a designer can have. But it's also very difficult for most of us to do.
Could a rather dramatic break with convention put designers into the shoes
of the people they design for?…"

UX Guidelines for Recommended Content
By Aurora Harley.
"Encourage engagement with recommendations by presenting them prominently,
segmenting suggestions into clear categories, and providing methods for users to
give feedback."

[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
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University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009

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