[webdev] Web Design Update: September 5, 2018

David Dillard

[webdev] Web Design Update: September 5, 2018

Laura Carlson <>

Sep 5, 2018, 7:51 AM
to webdev
- Volume 17, Issue 11, September 5, 2018.

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SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:

03: COLOR.
06: HTML.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Accessibility is Not a Feature.
By Ethan Marcotte.
"I care pretty deeply about accessible design. I wouldn't call myself
an accessibility specialist, mind you, but I've always felt that
'designing for the web' means ensuring our work is accessible as
broadly as possible. Not just accessible to differently-sized screens,
but for people who might not browse the web like I do…"

Survey of Users with Low Vision #2
By Jared Smith.
"This survey for people with low vision will provide insight and data
to better support accessibility best practices. Please share with
potential respondents…"

Exploring WCAG 2.1 - 1.3.5 Identify Input Purpose
By Becky Gibson.
"Our series on the new WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria continues with the
new success criteria focused on cognitive accessibility. This post
will review 1.3.5 Identify Input Purpose. It falls under guideline
1.3, Adaptable…"

WCAG 2.0: The International Standard for Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design
By Sofia Enamorado.
"Aside from state and federal web accessibility laws, the most widely
adopted and comprehensive technical standards have emerged not from a
law, but from the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)…"

WCAG 2.1: What's up with Accessibility Guidelines
By Sathish Kumar.
"The fifth of June 2018 saw a lot of buzz in the world of digital
accessibility, social media and in blogs. What was this all about?…"

Project Silver - what it means for accessibility and how you can help
make the web more inclusive
By Ability Net.
"It's just a few months since the Web Accessibility Guidelines 2.1
(WCAG) were publicly released by the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3).
But, work has already started on the guidelines' successor, currently
known as Project Silver."

Lawsuit Claims Apple's Website is Inaccessible for Visually Impaired Users
By Tristan Parker.
"A lawsuit has been filed against electronics giant Apple in the
United States, over claims that its website violates the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not fully accessible to people who
are blind or visually impaired…"

Blind Woman Sues Brooklyn Brewery Over 'Inaccessible' Website
By Colin Mixson.
 "A blind woman hauled the owners of Brooklyn Brewery to civil court
on federal discrimination charges for allegedly failing to provide a
handicapped-accessible website, her lawyer said…"

+02: BOOKS.

Pickering, Heydon. Inclusive Components: The Book, 2018.


Take A New Look At CSS Shapes
By Rachel Andrew.
"In this article, we take a look at CSS Shapes and how to create
non-rectangular shapes using images, gradients, and basic shapes. We
also discover how the new tools in Firefox make editing shapes

Super-Powered Grid Components with CSS Custom Properties
By Michelle Barker.
"…Grid is neither a substitute for flexbox nor vice versa. In fact,
using a combination of the two gives us even more power when building

+03: COLOR.

Understanding WCAG 2 Contrast and Color Requirements
By WebAIM.
"Contrast and color use are vital to accessibility. Users, including
users with visual disabilities, must be able to perceive content on
the page. There is a great deal of fine print and complexity within
the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2 that can easily
confuse web content creators and web accessibility evaluators. This
article pulls together the terms and principles needed to understand
WCAG 2 requirements for contrast and color…"


Using the Cognitive Interview to Improve Your Survey Questions
By David Travis.
"In an ideal survey, each respondent interprets the question in the
way we intended But in reality, survey questions are misunderstood…"

User Research or User Experience Research?
By David Farkas and Brad Nunnally.
"It's hard to conduct user research if you don't have anyone to
research. Recruitment lets you find people that have the information
you seek to learn. Recruitment is risky since the effort hinges on
getting the right people in the room. There are a number of factors at
play, and various methods a team can use to find the right kind of
participants. Before worrying about the risks and before scheduling
participants, you first must document whom you want to recruit…"

Quantitative UX Research in Practice
By Kate Moran.
"Across 429 UX professionals, 71% of teams report performing some kind
of quant UX research at least sometimes, and almost everyone reported
struggling with challenges to get quant research done."

4 Classes of Survey Questions
By Jeff Sauro.
"…While rating scales are an important part of a survey, they aren't
the only part. Another key ingredient to a successful survey is
knowing which type of question to use…"

+05: EVENTS.

Writing for Inclusivity: A Co-Meetup with Write The Docs PDX
September 11, 2018.
Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

2018 Digital Accessibility Trends Update
September 13, 2018.

Paris Web
October 4-6, 2018.
Paris, France

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
October 30-November 2, 2018.
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

ThunderPlains Developer Conference
November 1, 2018.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Web Directions Summit
November 1-2, 2018.
Sydney, Australia

November 1-4, 2018.
Ottawa, Canada

+06: HTML.

Conversational Semantics
By Aaron Gustafson.
"Semantic markup has always mattered, but with voice interfaces
rapidly becoming the norm, it now matters more than ever. Aaron
Gustafson shows us how simple HTML tags can have a huge impact with
voice interfaces…"

Heading Structures are Tables of Contents
By Hidde de Vries.
"The heading structure of a web page is like its table of contents. It
gives people who can't see your page a way to navigate it without
reading everything…"

The Details and Summary Elements
By Scott O'Hara.
"The details and summary elements are two of HTML's interactive
elements and together are the elements that create a native disclosure


Don't Use 'Click Here'
By Mark Caron.
I'm not the only one to write about this. In fact, you can easily
search 'should I use click here for links' in Google and pretty much
find all the information you need to convince yourself it's a bad


Best Practices For Mobile Form Design
By Nick Babich.
"Users can be hesitant to fill out forms. That is why it is our goal
as designers to make the process of filling out a form as easy as
possible. Nick shares some techniques that can help you design
effective forms…"

Form Usability: Getting 'Address Line 2' Right
By  Edward Scott.
"While there's nothing wrong with including 'Address Line 2' in the
address form, our large-scale Cart & Checkout testing reveals that the
'Address Line 2' form field can be a surprisingly difficult hurdle for
some users to overcome when filling out their address information."

Peak-End Rule: Use to Your Advantage (Video)
By Alita Joyce.
"Users largely judge their experience with your product or service on
two data points: the peak and the end."

Mobile Login Methods Help Chinese Users Avoid Password Roadblocks
by Xinyi Chen and Yuxuan (Tammy) Zhou.
"In China, QR-code scanning and verification codes are popular
mobile-login alternatives that circumvent the problem of remembering
and typing passwords."

[Section one ends.]


+09: 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
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