[webdev] Web Design Update: March 30, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:23:49 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>

Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: March 30, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 40, March 30, 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:



03: COLOR.




07: HTML5.





12: XML.


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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Focus Ring! (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

"Have you ever noticed the little blue or dashed ring that appears
around elements when you activate them with your keyboard or

Dementia and Inclusive Digital Design (Video)

By Lily Williams and Mark Walker.

"Our ageing population means that conditions such as Dementia and
Alzheimer's are increasingly common. This webinar explores the impact
memory impairment can have on the way we design and deliver the
growing number of digital services such as apps and websites."

CSUN 2017: Developer Versus User

By Hans Hillen.

"For our CSUN session this year, Léonie Watson and I had a friendly
debate about accessibility from the perspective of an end user and a
developer..." slides-csun-2017-developer-versus-user/

CSUN17 - What Comes After WCAG 2.1?

By Jeanne Spellman.

"A small group of members of AGWG realized that we needed to start
planning future versions of WCAG now, or it would be a very long time
before a major upgrade would be completed..." slides-csun17-what-comes-after-wcag-2-1/

WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA Success Criteria Success Criterion and

Corresponding 508 Reference

By Access Board.

Where is WCAG in Section 508 Refresh? - "Table A-1 lists WCAG 2.0
Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and describes what is required
to ensure that each criterion is satisfied in the context of an
HTML-coded Web site, as well as the corresponding current Section 508
reference or notation of a new reference, as applicable..."

Top Online Retailers Tested for Accessibility

By Jordana Jeffrey.

"...Online retail could be the ideal solution for those who suffer
physical difficulties when shopping in store and most retailers had a
reassuring accessibility statements full of good intentions but they
need to act further on this by implementing WCAG 2.0 to significantly
improve accessibility..."

Federal Court in Los Angeles Dismisses Website Accessibility Claims

By David Raizman.

"...Grounded in the due process violation, the court dismissed the
action without prejudice under the primary jurisdiction doctrine,
holding that the case should not be prosecuted 'pending the resolution
of an issue within the special competence of an administrative
agency,' which, in this case, is the U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ)..." federal-court-in-los-angeles-dismisses-website-accessibility-claims

Navigating Website Accessibility Claims

By Mark S. Sidoti, Mitchell Boyarsky and Ahmed J. Kassim.

"Increasingly, companies face threat of legal action based on the
claim that their websites and/or mobile applications are inaccessible
to disabled users..." article/1202781633698/Navigating-Website-Accessibility-Claims

Public Accommodations are Starting to Win Website Accessibility Lawsuits

By Minh Vu & Julia N. Sarnoff.

"Two recent decisions by federal judges to dismiss website
accessibility lawsuits may cause more public accommodations to fight
instead of settle these suits, but businesses must continue to weigh
many factors before making that decision..." are-starting-to-win-website-accessibility-lawsuits/


CSS is Broken (Hat Tip to Jennifer Sutton)

By Sergio Zamarro.

"Yes, CSS is broken. Anyone who has used CSS in a big project knows
it. Some of the problems are these..."

CSS is Not Broken (Hat Tip to Jennifer Sutton)

By Keith J. Grant.

"...Just because you expect CSS to be easy, doesn't mean the language
is broken when you find it is not..."

Five CSS Performance Tools to Speed up Your Website

By Maria Antonietta Perna.

"In this article, I'm going to list five CSS performance tools that
will help you put your website on a CSS diet for a fast loading

Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design

By Eric A. Meyer.

"Understanding and using Grid is easier than you might expect..."

+03: COLOR.

Graphics Contrast

By Alastair Campbell.

"There are many new, potential guidelines (success criteria) up for
review as part of the WCAG 2.1 work and I'd like to provide an
overview of one of them: Graphics Contrast..."

a11y in Real Life: Credit Cards and Color Contrast

By Adam Soucie.

"...How do we solve this problem in our website designs? The answer
is simple. Check your color contrast during the design process. And
check it again as you develop..."

+04: DRUPAL.

Prepare for new Success Criteria in WCAG 2.1

By Andrew Macpherson.

"Drupal 8 is already leading the way as an accessible CMS. Let's hold
on to this prestige..."


Automated Testing with aXe (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

"Manually reviewing a site for accessibility issues can be a time
consuming process. Automated tools help streamline the work and make
it easier to catch subtle mistakes. Today on A11ycasts we'll show one
of those tools, a library called aXe, and how you can use it as a drop
in script, a Selenium runner, or from your command line."

Automated Web Accessibility Testing Tools Are Not Judges

By Karl Groves.

"...There's just too many things in Accessibility that are too
subjective and too complex for a tool to test with enough accuracy to
be considered a judgment of the system's level of accessibility..." automated-web-accessibility-testing-tools-are-not-judges/

What Are Web Heat Maps, Really?

By Jaime Yap.

"What heat maps are, what they do, and what they don't do well for
visualizing user interactions on a web app..."

Asking the Right Questions During User Research, Interviews and Testing

By Fabricio Teixeira.

"Interviewing users is an art - whether you are running usability
testing, focus groups, ethnographic research or whatnot. Here are some
good practices for asking users the right questions, and asking the
questions the right way..." on-user-research-interviews-and-testing-427261742a67

+06: EVENTS.

Washington DC UX Conference
May 14-19, 2017.
Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Knowbility Accessibility Leadership Symposium
May 15-16, 2017.
Austin Texas, U.S.A. knowbility-accessibility-leadership-symposium/

Confab Central
June 7-9, 2017.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

+07: HTML5.


By Brian Kardell.

"...I wonder, seriously, if it was a mistake to make the meaningless
element div only 3 characters long. Would we abuse it less if it was


Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers

By Gina Trapani.

"...Here are some of the changes I had to make to my own mindset and
expectations around learning a new ecosystem based on an old language
which has taken over my craft..." modern-javascript-for-ancient-web-developers-58e7cae050f9

Getting Touchy (Video)

By Patrick H Lauke.

"...This session covers the basics of handling touch in JavaScript -
from making sure simple single-tap interactions are as responsive as
possible, all the way to examples of full multitouch, gesture-enabled
elements, with a particular focus on common pitfalls and browser


The Road To Resilient Web Design

By Jeremy Keith.

"In the world of web design, we tend to become preoccupied with the
here and now. In 'Resilient Web Design', Jeremy Keith emphasizes the
importance of learning from the past in order to better prepare
ourselves for the future. So, perhaps we should stop and think more
beyond our present moment? The following is an excerpt from Jeremy's
web book.."


Mega Menus Work Well for Site Navigation

By Jakob Nielsen and Angie Li.

"Large, rectangular menus group navigation options to eliminate
scrolling and use typography, icons, and tooltips to explain users'

+11: PHP.

Creating Strictly Typed Arrays and Collections in PHP

By Bert Ramakers.

"One of the language features announced back in PHP 5.6 was the
addition of the ... token to denote that a function or method accepts
a variable length of arguments..."


Top Task Management: Making it Easier to Prioritize (Video)

By Gerry McGovern.

"Top Tasks Management is a method, developed over ten years of
research, that helps you focus on what really matters in your
projects, giving you the evidence to remove that which doesn't..." making-it-easier-to-prioritize-by-gerry-mcgovern-AEA

How to Use Space in UI Design

By Wojciech Zielinski.

"Space is like air: it is necessary for design to breathe."

Best Practices for Modals / Overlays / Dialog Windows

By Naema Baskanderi.

"Modals, Overlays, Dialogs, whatever you call them it's time to
revisit this UI pattern..." for-modals-overlays-dialog-windows-c00c66cddd8c

Wasting Time is the Worst Customer Experience

By Gerry McGovern.

"... A great many websites are poorly designed, poorly managed and
short-staffed because organizations want to deliver self-service in
the cheapest possible way. Waste customer time and you will lose

Poor Management = Mediocre UX Design

By Kara Pernice.

"Weak management support for UX and lack of UX leadership and role
models correlate with unexceptional designs, according to data from
360 companies."

3 Strategies for Handling Accidental 'Taps' on Touch Devices

By Jamie Appleseed.

"There are many different ways to handle accidental 'clicks' on touch
devices. In this article, we'll review the three most predominant

[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

Information Technology Systems and Services

University of Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009

[Issue ends.]