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David Dillard


- Volume 16, Issue 33, February 8, 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:

06: HTML.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Simplifying the New WCAG 2.1 Guidelines
By Michael Gower.
"Recommendations for new accessibility guidelines were released on
January 30, 2018 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this new
draft version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), none
of the current 2.0 Success Criteria have been altered. Instead, 17
additional criteria have been recommended for 2.1…"

The Fate of 'Target Size'
By Detlev Fischer.
"The last draft of the WCAG 2.1 contained a new Success Criterion
'Target Size' (size of buttons, form controls or links), which is now
missing in the Candidate Recommendation of WCAG 2.1…"

My Accessibility Journey: What I have Learned so Far
By Manuel Matuzović.
"It's not about writing the most sophisticated code or finding the
most clever solution to a problem; it's about users and whether
they're able to use our products. Manuel Matuzovic shares 11 lessons
as a developer learning about and incorporating accessibility into his

Accessibility: A Shared Campus Responsibility Best Accomplished with
Executive Support
By Susan Cullen.
"Those of us who are members of the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility
Constituent Group have spent considerable time discussing the
importance of the strong executive leadership and planning needed to
support the accessibility policies and campus accessibility planning
required for compliance with disability legislation. Without planning
and leadership, a college or university could find itself among the
approximately 400 institutions being targeted - by the activist Marcie
Lipsitt - to fix their websites…"

WCAG 2.0 - Understandable & Robust (Video)
By Dennis Deacon.
"For this meetup event, we're wrapping up our Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) series."

Toast! Is it Accessible?
By Rakesh Paladugula.
"A toast is a non modal that appears on the screen for few seconds and
auto expires…"

Multiple Choice with Radio Buttons: A Comparison of Online Survey Tools
By Terrill Thompson.
"…This blog post documents my quest for an online tool for conducting
the survey…"

Accessibility and the Web of Things (WoT), Part 2
By Graeme Coleman.
"Just over a year ago, I wrote about TPG joining the W3C Web of Things
(WoT) Interest and Working Groups, so I thought it was about time I
provided an update on some of the activities the group is involved in,
particularly now that I am now more actively involved after spending
my first several months keeping a watching brief…"

BarBri Settles Lawsuit Over Blind Access to Online Bar Review Components
By Tyler Roberts.
"Blind law students enrolled in a bar exam class offered by BarBri,
Inc. settled their claims which alleged the bar prep company denied
them fair and equal access to critical components of BarBri's online
test prep offerings…"


Using Media Queries For Responsive Design In 2018
By Rachel Andrew.
"…This article will take a look at the use of media queries for
responsive design today, and also have a look at what is coming in the

+03: COLOR.

Accessibility for Mobile Web: Improving Color Contrast
By CB Averitt.
"Color contrast is a hot topic in the area of accessibility testing.
And often overlooked, are accessibility color contrast best practices
specific to mobile web…"


What is Design Ethnography?
By David Travis and Philip Hodgson.
"A common mistake made by novice researchers is to ask users what they
want from a new product or service. Although this seems like the
correct way to do user research, in most cases users don't know, don't
care or can't articulate what they need. It is the design team's job
to establish the underlying problem, identify the best solution and
then validate that their solution works. Design ethnography is the
first step on that journey."

Continuous User Research in 11.6 Seconds
By Tomer Sharon.
"…Continuous user research is fast-rhythm research that is open-ended
in nature. It's not dedicated to any specific topic and it's not
research that anyone asks for…"

Getting Partners on Board with Research Findings
By Angela Colter.
"As a consultant who does user research, I've found that the way
consultants present 'findings and recommendations' to clients isn't
always effective…"

Use a Research Grid to Focus Study Decisions
By Jeff Sauro.
"…To create a research grid, follow these steps…"

+05: EVENTS.

Accessibility Training
April 10-11, 2018.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.

Washington DC UX Conference
April 14-20, 2018.
Washington DC, U.S.A.

April 23-24.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Generate NYC
April 25-27, 2018.
New York, New York, U.S.A.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 17, 2018.

Technical Communication Summit
May 20-23, 2018.
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Accessibility Conference
May 30-31, 2018.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

+06: HTML.

Can a Heading Go Inside a Table Caption For WCAG Conformance
By David MacDonald.
"I thought it might be a good experiment to see what would happen if a
heading element h1 to h6 went inside a table caption like this…"

Phone Number Links and Accessibility
By Matt Smith.
"One design challenge that used to stump me was making phone numbers
accessible in the browser while still being functional…"


Debugging JavaScript With A Real Debugger You Did Not Know You Already Have
By Dustin Driver.
"The new Firefox JavaScript debugger can help you write fast, bug-free code…"


A Short History of WaSP and Why Web Standards Matter
By Jason Hoffman.
"…There are still a number of battlegrounds for the open web but,
thanks to the efforts of WaSP, the one for web standards has been


Flat UI Elements Lack Clickability Clues and Cause Confusion (Video)
By Kate Meyer.
Our eyetracking studies show flat UI design often possess weak
signifiers and lack sufficient clues to indicate actionable elements
on the screen. (5 min."

The Authority Principle
By Therese Fessenden.
"A perceived high-authority status of the person making a request can
make people more compliant with that request. Applying this principle
in UX can ease users' decision-making process."

The 5 Steps to Service Blueprinting
By Sarah Gibbons.
"Five key steps comprise a framework for service blueprinting that can
be scaled to any scope or timeline.

The Best UX is No User Interface at All
By Burke Holland.
"I have been obsessed with User Interfaces (UI) for as long as I can remember…"

A Primer on the Essential Elements of Successful UX
By Stephen Moyers.
"Whether you're creating an e-commerce app to run on multiple devices
or developing a new cloud-based platform, a well-designed UX can
ultimately set your product apart from the competition…"

Dear AVG, I'm just going to have to let you go
By Gerry McGovern.
"…The Web is the land of comparison and switch. We've got so much
power today. Let's not let laziness get in the way…"

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

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