[webdev] Web Design Update: January 3, 2018 Inbox x

David Dillard

Laura Carlson <>

Thu, Jan 3, 7:28 AM (3 days ago)
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- Volume 17, Issue 28, January 3, 2019.

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:

03: COLOR.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


When To Describe Images
By Benetech.
"Does an image need to be described? That depends... walk through our
interactive 'decision tree' to learn about when and how best to make
an image accessible…"

How To Describe Images
By Benetech.
"This section is broken into two distinct segments. The first section,
'General Guidelines'...The second segment of this page details best
practice guidelines specific to particular image categories and

Practice Describing Images
By Benetech.
"This section allows you to apply the best practice guidelines and
resources to your own materials…"

Responsible Web Animation: Giving Users More Control of Their Experience
By Nat Tarnoff.
"…Effects can range from seizures and migraines to dizziness and
nausea to distraction from completing the task at hand. There is still
much research to be done on how these animations affect users, what is
'good' versus 'bad' and how it affects users, but recent CSS and
JavaScript updates have provided us ways to give the user the control
they need for their best experience…"

PDF Accessibility: Testing and Verification
By Dave Herr.
"In previous articles for our 2018 series on PDF accessibility, we
covered all the major aspects of remediating PDF documents. Now we
will focus on the best ways to ensure that your work is complete, so
you can be confident that your documents meet the accessibility

Accessibility Scotland (Videos, Transcripts, Slides)
By Hampus Sethfors, Vasilis van Gemert, Heather Burns, Phil Day, Paul
Bepey, and Curt Holst.
Presentations are now available from Accessibility Scotland 2018.

ATC Forum
By Accessible Technology Coalition.
"We have launched the ATC FORUM. Imagine having an online community
that can answer your Assistive Technology questions in a timely
fashion. Imagine having a user friendly database of current AT
information at your fingertips. (I'm remembering the days of the
encyclopedias in the living room) Imaging having the ability to
express and see differing views and opinions on a diverse range of
topics on assistive technology…"

Scandinavian Airlines System Consent Order (PDF)
By United States Department of Transportation.
"This order concerns violations by Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
of the requirements in 14 CFR Part 382 (Part 382). SAS violated the
Department's Web site accessibility requirements when it created a
separate Web site for individuals with disabilities instead of
ensuring that its primary Web site met the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standard, as required by section

Compass Slapped with Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind
By Teke Wiggin.
"Discrimination lawsuit highlights legal risk for brokerages that
don't comply with Americans with Disabilities Act…"

2018 ADA Web Accessibility Lawsuit Recap
By Jason Taylor.
"The lawsuit culture that surrounds website accessibility has grown
steadily over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing…"


How To Learn CSS
By Rachel Andrew.
"You don't need to commit in memorizing every CSS Property and Value,
as there are good places to look them up. There are some fundamental
things, however, which will make CSS much easier for you to use. This
article aims to guide you along your path of learning CSS."

Common CSS Issues For Front-End Projects
By Ahmad Shadeed.
"Rendering and interaction have become a lot more consistent across
browsers in recent years. It's still not perfectly uniform, however,
and a lot of small issues can trip you up. Add on top of these issues
the variables of different screen sizes, language preferences and
plain human error, and we find a lot of small things to trip up a

Gradient Borders in CSS
By Chris Coyier.
"Let's say you need a gradient border around an element. My mind goes
like this…"

+03: COLOR.

Accessible Color Contrast: Icons Now Included
By Mary Gillen.
"The official WCAG 2.1 - 1.4.11 Non-text Contrast (Level AA) Guideline states…"

+04: EVENTS.

Tips for Management: How Accessibility Testing Actually Impacts Your
Development Process
January 17, 2019.

6 Tips for Accessibility in Microsoft Word from OKable
January 24, 2019.

Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards from the
US Access Board
January 29, 2019.


Using Google Maps Costs More than You Think
By Jason T. Voiovich.
"…But just because you are not exchanging money to use Google Maps
does not mean you are not exchanging value. I intend to show you just
how much. You might not like it…"

How Microsoft Lost the Web
By Gregg Keizer.
"Through a series of missteps and outright neglect, Microsoft
essentially handed over the fate of its web browser - and its ability
to shape the online world - to rival Chrome. The white flag of
surrender was raised this month…"

What We Wished For
By Mat 'Wilto' Marquis.
"An old cliché says that 'may you get everything you wish for' makes
for a particularly insidious curse. With Edge soon making the switch
to Chrome's rendering engine - well, for better or worse, a bitter
wish is coming true."

Evaluating Technology (Video)
By Jeremy Keith.
"We work with technology every day. And every day it seems like
there's more and more technology to understand: graphic design tools,
build tools, frameworks and libraries, not to mention new HTML,CSS and
JavaScript features landing in browsers. How should we best choose
which technologies to invest our time in…"


Navigation Design - Almost Everything You Need to Know
By Justinmind.
"Navigation design is about creating a system that empowers your users
to interact with and use your product…"


5 UX Principles You Must Adhere to for an Awesome UX Design
By Will Grant.
"Will Grant, a UI/UX expert and a digital product designer, explains
the 5 principles you must follow to ensure a great user experience…"

The Hidden Privilege in Design
By Hareem Mannan.
"Shouldn't human-centered design consider all humans…"

Will People Be More Tech Savvy in 10 Years? (Video)
By Jakob Nielsen.
"People naturally avoid studying computers. Don't expect people's
technical skills to improve in the future."

The Peak-End Rule: How Impressions Become Memories
By Lexie Martin.
"Cognitive biases change the way that we recall past events. The
peak-end rule focuses our memories around the most intense moments of
an experience and the way an experience ends."

[Section one ends.]


+08: 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

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