[webdev] Web Design Update: December 26, 2018

David Dillard

[webdev] Web Design Update: December 26, 2018

Laura Carlson <>

Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 10:03 AM (11 days ago)
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- Volume 17, Issue 27, December 26, 2018.

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

05: HTML.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Tables and Beers
By Steve Faulkner.
"In the last article for the 2018 series, Steve Faulkner provides the
results of one beer worth of screen reader testing of simple tables."

Prove You're Not A Bot: reCAPTCHA version 3
By John Sweet.
"John Sweet describes how captchas have been viewed as a complete
barrier to access for individuals with disabilities but with Google's
latest reCaptcha solution, access has taken a major, positive leap

Benefits of a Single Text Field Versus Multiple Text Fields
By Michiel 'Zoë' Bijl.
We often come across forms that have multiple fields for what is, in
essence, a single piece of data, like a phone number or credit card
number. Creating forms like that can pose some usability issues if
they aren't marked up in the right way. Would it be better to ask for
these chunks of data with single text fields instead?

Web Accessibility: Buzzword or Reality?
By Attila Vágó.
"Web Accessibility. The unexpected lovechild of Sir Tim Berners Lee, a
shoddy 12" monochrome screen that went black (and never came back) and
a cat that ran away with the mouse. The cat came back, but by the time
we found the mouse again, Steve Jobs decided we should all be poking
at our screens instead…"

I Used the Web for A Day Using a Screen Reader
By Chris Ashton.
"A sighted user puts himself in the shoes of a non-sighted user. Chris
Ashton experiences first-hand difficulties that visually impaired
users face and describes what we can do as web developers to help."

Part 2: Create Inclusive Design Experiences with Accessibility at a
Glance Videos
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
Microsoft added 6 videos their series.

Designing Layouts for Screen Readers
By Ben Robertson.
"I'll walk through how to make use of these indicators to make a
simple web page easy to use, navigate and read for users of assistive
technology. All the example code is available on github…"

iOS Accessibility Properties: How They Relate to WCAG, and How to
Correctly Use Them
By Jennifer Dailey.
"Jennifer Dailey explains how the iOS Accessibility Properties relate
to the WCAG 2.0 success criteria 4.1.2: Name, Role, Value, and how to
properly use them."

When Empathy Isn't Enough
By Shaina Garfield.
"Designers need to go beyond empathy to include the disabled community
as participants in design solutions."

By Information Technology Industry Council.
"…WCAG 2.1 has now been incorporated into the EU, WCAG, and INT
editions of the VPAT…"

President Trump Signs 21st Century IDEA into Law
By Tajha Chappellet-Lanier.
"Citizen-friendly federal websites and digital services just got a
boost -  President Donald Trump signed the 21st Century Integrated
Digital Experience Act (IDEA) on Thursday afternoon…"

DOE Rescinds 'Mass Filer' Rule, Reopening Door for Web Accessibility Complaints
By C.P. Hoffman.
"…As a result of the rescission of the so-called 'Mass Filer' rule,
web accessibility complaints against educational institutions are
likely to increase significantly…"

Airline Fined for Separate Disabled-Accessible Website
By Greg Thomson.
"Offering a separate website for those with disabilities does not
comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) website
accessibility requirements, the agency made clear with a $200,000 fine
to the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)…"

ADA Case Law And Statutory Updates
By Cole Schotz.
"…arguments were as follows: 1) websites are not places of public
accommodation under Title III of the ADA; 2) the WCAG are not law and
the trial court's adoption of those guidelines violated due process;
1) Winn Dixie is in compliance with the ADA because Gil had not been
deprived of the full benefit of and equal access to the services and
goods in Winn Dixie's stores…"


Styling a Select Like It's 2019
By Scott Jehl.
" As it turns out, a reasonable set of styles can create a consistent
and attractive select across new browsers, while remaining just fine
in older ones too…"

Clip Paths Know No Bounds
By Dan Wilson.
"CSS Shapes are getting a lot of attention as browser support has
increased for properties like shape-outside and clip-path. There are a
few ways that we can use CSS Shapes, in particular with the clip-path
property, that are not necessarily evident at first glance…"


Fake Metrics: Impressions are the New Hits
By Gerry McGovern.
"We all know that HITS stands for How Idiots Track Success. Well,
IMPRESSIONS stands for Idiots Making Pretentious Resources Endlessly
So Suckers In Organizations Notice Something. It's the next chapter in
the endless saga of the Cult of Volume."

Usability Testing with 5 Users: Information Foraging (Video 3 of 3)
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Usability testing is similar to how wild animals hunt for food: we're
trying to hunt down the design flaws in the user interface and must
optimize a series of studies for total gain, rather than spend too
much on any one study."

The UX of Restaurant Websites
By Jeff Sauro.
"…To understand these new online offerings, we benchmarked the user
experience of six popular restaurant chain websites that provide
delivery to see how people are using these services and where the
process can be improved…"

Creating Personas from User Research Results
By Priscilla Esser.
"…Let us show you the best practices in developing these design
deliverables, so your user research results can work their magic…"

+04: EVENTS.

An Accessibility Case Study by Blink UX
January 9, 2019.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Clockwork: Expanding the UX Team
January 10, 2019.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

+05: HTML.

The Practical Value of Semantic HTML
By Bruce Lawson.
"…Semantic HTML will give usability benefits to many users, help to
future-proof your work, potentially boost your search engine results,
and help people with disabilities use your site. And, best of all,
thinking more about your HTML will stop Dull Old Web Farts like me
moaning at you. What's not to love? Have a splendid holiday season,
whatever you celebrate - and here's to a semantic 2019!"

Why Isn't It Their Job
By Stuart Langridge.
"…The secret is: if you use semantic HTML, then they do the work, not you…"

Making the abbr Element Work for Touchscreen, Keyboard, and Mouse
By Ire Aderinokun.
"The <abbr> element is used to denote and define an acronym. For
example, if we want to write the acronym 'CSS' anywhere on a web page,
we can also provide the full name 'Cascading Style Sheets' for readers
unfamiliar with the acronym…"

Jank-Free Image Loads
By Eric Portis.
"There are a few fundamental problems with embedding images in pages
of hypertext; perhaps chief among them is this: text is very light and
loads rather fast; images are much heavier and arrive much later…"


ARIA 1.1 - What's New?
By Birkir Gunnarsson.
"Birkir Gunnarsson tells us what's new in ARIA 1.1, the new roles and
properties that excite him, and the others that disappoint, due to
their lack of support."

Web Components Still Need to be Accessible
By Eric Bailey
"Eric Bailey explains why developers need to consider accessibility
when creating custom web components and use semantic HTML when it
makes sense, as to not needlessly reinvent the wheel."


Designing Your Site Like It's 1998
By Andy Clarke.
"It's 20 years to the day since my wife and I started Stuff &
Nonsense, our little studio and my outlet for creative ideas on the
web. To celebrate this anniversary-and my fourteenth contribution to
24 ways- I'd like to explain how I would've developed a design for
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, one of my favourite Christmas films…"


Breadcrumbs: 11 Design Guidelines for Desktop and Mobile
By Page Laubheimer.
"Support wayfinding by including breadcrumbs that reflect the
information hierarchy of your site. On mobile, avoid using breadcrumbs
that are too tiny or wrap on multiple lines."

[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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Until next time,

Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009

[Issue ends.]