Web Design Update: March 9, 2017

David Dillard

- Volume 15, Issue 37, March 9, 2017.

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:

05: HTML5.
12: XML.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


WCAG 2.1 Draft: Reflections on the New Guidelines and Success Criteria
By Scott Hollier.
"For people that work in the web accessibity area, today's news that
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has now made publically available
the first draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
public draft is very exciting..."

Web Accessibility - It's Good For Everyone
By Nicolas Steenhout.
"Web accessibility benefits everyone..."

CSUN 2017 Assistive Technology Conference Backchannel
By Sanjay Nasta.
"The 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, sponsored by the
California State University Northridge Center on Disabilities, is the
largest international conference focused on assistive
technology...Below are official conference pages, a selection of
tweets, links to the keynote address, and as many presentation slides
and related resources as we were able to discover..."

CSUN Report - 2017
By Mallory van Achterberg.
"Anything written about CSUN generally has to be two parts: the social
stuff and the sessions stuff..."

A Collection of Quotable Quotes from CSUN 2017
By Dennis Deacon.
"80% of people who use captions aren't deaf or hard of hearing and
there 48 million Americans with hearing loss..."

National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Students File Suit
Against Los Angeles Community College District
By The National Federation of the Blind.
"The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's leading advocate
for equal access to higher education for the blind; its California
affiliate, the National Federation of the Blind of California; and two
blind students, Roy Payan and Portia Mason, have filed suit in the
United States District Court for the Central District of California,
Western Division, against the Los Angeles Community College District
(LACCD) (Case 2:17-cv-01697)..."

Berkeley Will Delete Online Content
By Carl Straumsheim.
"Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than
20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a
Justice Department accessibility order..."

March 2017 Digital Accessibility Legal Update
By Lainey Feingold.
"This post includes legal developments about digital accessibility
between December 13, 2016 and March 6, 2017..."


The Unexpected Power of Viewport Units in CSS
By Thomas Lattimore.
"The days of fixed-width designs and needing to only test against a
handful of viewport sizes are gone. We live in a fluid-width world
with a myriad of device sizes and aspect ratios..."

On Container Queries
By Ethan Marcotte.
"Over the last few years, a number of web designers, web developers,
and agencies have been asking for 'container queries,' saying they'd
be a welcome addition to a responsive designer's toolkit. I think
they're right..."

CSS Grid: Responsive and Accessibility
By Susan Robertson. (via Jennifer Sutton)
"Reflow your content with ease..."

Welcome to the Grid
By Eric A. Meyer.
"Grid is public.  It's live right now in the latest Firefox release,
Firefox 52. It will similarly be live in the next public Chrome
release, due in the next week or so. It's here.  I almost can't
believe it..."

Learning CSS Grid Layout
By Rachel Andrew.
"There seems to be a myth being put around that CSS Grid Layout is
going to be really difficult to learn, so difficult that poor web
developers will never use it. I call nonsense. .."

CSS Grid Guides on MDN
By Rachel Andrew.
"A few weeks ago I was approached by the good people over at MDN,
asking if I would be interested in writing a comprehensive resource
for MDN on CSS Grid Layout..."

CSS Grid Lands in Firefox 52
By Rachel Andrew.
"I had no idea, when I spotted an interesting looking specification in
a workshop led by Bert Bos back in 2012, that the next 5 years of my
life would be consumed by CSS Grid Layout..."


Website Accessibility Testing - Scanning Tools
By Jeffrey Singleton.
"...In today's blog, I'll address web accessibility testing - scanning
tools that support your audit..."

Conducting Qualitative, Comparative Usability Testing
By Jim Ross.
"...Testing multiple designs early in a project can provide much more
useful information than testing just a single design solution. When
participants can experience two or more designs during testing, they
can provide better feedback..."

5 Interfaces That Benefit From Usability Testing
By Jeff Sauro.
"...Regardless of the type of interface, the same core principles that
lead to a usable experience apply: 1) An early focus on users and
tasks. 2) Iterative design. 3) Empirical measurement. Here are five
interfaces that these principles apply to and can benefit from
usability testing...."

+04: EVENTS.

WebVisions New York City
April 7, 2017.
New York, New York, U.S.A.

Bulgaria Web Summit
April 7-8, 2017.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Front End Design Conference
April 19-21, 2017.
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.

UX in the City: Oxford
April 20-21, 2017.
Oxford, England, United Kingdom.

San Francisco UX Conference
April 29-May 5, 2017.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Web Accessibility for Developers
May 10, 2017.

+05: HTML5.

The Document Outline Dilemma
By Amelia Bellamy-Royds.
"For the past few weeks there has been lots of talk about HTML
headings in web standards circles..."


Information Architecture: Still Vital to Digital Design
By Gerry McGovern.
"Over the years, the most neglected, and yet most essential, area of
digital design has been information architecture..."


Quick Tip: How to Sort an Array of Objects in JavaScript
By Olayinka Omole.
"If you have an array of objects that you need to sort into a certain
order, the temptation might be to reach for a JavaScript library.
Before you do however, rember that you can do some pretty neat sorting
with the native Array.sort function. In this article I'll show you how
to sort an array of objects in JavaScript with no fuss or bother..."


World Wide Web, Not Wealthy Western Web (Part 1)
By Bruce Lawson.
"'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt
of in your philosophy,' said Shakespeare's Hamlet, in the famous scene
in which Hamlet teaches Horatio to be a web designer..."

Accessibility and the Web of Things - an interview with Dr Scott
Hollier and W3C WAI's Shadi Abou-Zahra
By Scott Hollier.
"While lots of people are passionate about the digital access cause,
Shadi Abou-Zahra, the W3C Accessibility Strategy and Technology
Specialist, is one of the hardest-working and dedicated people I've
ever met in the field, and a great bloke too..."


Design Better Cards
By Andrew Coyle.
"The component that symbolizes the web..."


U.S. Web Design Standards
By Standards USA.
"Announcing Version 1.0. After a year and a half of development and
user research, we're officially launching version 1.0 of the U.S. Web
Design Standards..."


Comparison Tables for Products, Services, and Features
By Kate Meyer.
"Use this versatile GUI tool to support users when they need to make a
decision that involves considering multiple attributes of a small
number of offerings. Consistency in content, scannability, and a
simple layout are some of the most important qualities of successful
comparison tables."

A Theory of User Delight: Why Usability Is the Foundation for
Delightful Experiences
By Therese Fessenden.
"UI embellishments can only produce surface delight; deep delight can
only be achieved in functional, reliable, and usable interfaces."

Why is Getting Stakeholder Buy-In Important for UX? (Video)
By Catherine Toole.
"Catherine Toole discusses her experience getting successful
improvements made during decades of projects: almost always the same
big issue dictates success."

Complex Doesn't Equal Complicated (TED Video)
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
"It's the beginning of the week, and you're trying to address a
complex problem in one of your projects..."

Design Principles: Hick's Law - Quick Decision Making
By Anton Nikolov.
"This week's design principle is focusing on Hick's Law, which is
related to the KISS principle..."

Design for Fingers, Touch, and People, Part 1
By Steven Hoober.
"...Sometimes readers combine my obsolete data with other out-of-date
information, then draw their own incorrect conclusions. I hope put a
stop to that now with this updated overview of everything I know about
how people interact with touchscreen devices and how you can use that
information to design better digital products..."

+12: XML.

SVG Animation Demo: Heating Water, from Ice to Steam
By Charles McCathieNevile.
"Using SVG animation and aria-live to make an accessible interactive
STEM demo..."
Accessibility Notes by Chaals:
Slides by Leonie Watson:

[Section one ends.]


+13: 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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