[webdev] Web Design Update: October 7, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 15:38:47 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: October 7, 2017


- Volume 16, Issue 15, October 7, 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:





05: HTML.







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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


A Smartphone Accessibility Primer; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying
and Master Mobile Accessibility

By Kara Van Roekel.

"This is part one of a series of articles that will take you through
the basics of mobile accessibility for Android and iPhone, and help
you conduct an accessibility assessment on the mobile device of your

Five Ways to Make Usable Websites for People with Dyslexia

By Paul Crichton.

"we've put together a list of actions that we can all take to make our
digital content easier to use and understand for people with
dyslexia…" five-ways-make-usable-websites-people-dyslexia/

Good Design Was Always Accessible (Video)

By Sharlene King.

"For many designers, accessibility features are a checklist after the
first ideas, but the past reveals how design with the longest last
impact is often the most accessible. What can we glean from the most
iconic designs? How can our own work use access as a best practice
instead of a burden?…"

Planning & Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media & eLearning

By Jennie Delisi and Jay Wyant.

Video and slides have are online from this July 20, 2017 webinar.

WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey 7

By Rakesh Paladugula.

"WebAIM screen reader user survey 7 is a study conducted by WebAIM to
understand the preferences of screen reader users…"

JAWS Wide Open

By Steve Faulkner.

"…Recently we have been working with our colleagues at Freedom
Scientific to bring the same sense of open dialogue we enjoy with
other web software implementers to JAWS. This has taken the form of an
open issue tracker for the JAWS screen reader.…"

Accessibility Toronto Conference a Big Success!

By Dennis Lembree.

"The inaugural Accessibility Toronto Conference was a big success! The
event was held September 28-29, 2017 in the TELUS building in downtown

Slides From A11yTOConf

By Adrian Roselli.

Adrian's "Everything I Know about Accessibilty I learned form Stack
Overflow" slides.

How to Create an Accessible PDF

By Patrick Loftus.

"There are countless programs that enable you to save a document as a
PDF. Not all of those programs, however, will produce tagged PDF
files. There is also more to making an PDF accessible than simply
adding tags…"

Rethinking Web Accessibility On Windows

By Marco Zehe.

"For the past 18 years, screen readers on Windows have had a
particular way of presenting web content to their users. This model no
longer scopes well in light of modern web applications and dynamically
changing web sites…" rethinking-web-accessibility-on-windows/

Accessibility at Trivago

By Ian Devlin.

"Accessibility is an important topic for anyone who builds things for
the web, and one that is neglected far too often…"


By Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

"…To assist government contracting officials and other buyers in
identifying tech products with accessible features, ITI has developed
the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT® 2.0, a
reporting format that enables businesses to document product
conformance with relevant accessibility standards…"

DOJ Halts Plan to Create Website Accessibility Regulations

By Roy Maurer.

"Careers sites, applications must still be accessible to candidates
with disabilities, advocates say…" pages/website-accessibility-disabilities-regulations-doj.aspx

Microsoft Adds Automatic Alt Description to MS-Word

By John Eric Brandt.

"Apparently in the latest iteration of MS-Office 365, the Word
application now provides some 'assistance' when entering an
image/picture to a document by creating some suggested Alternative
Description language and a dialog box asking you, 'How would you
describe this picture and its contents to someone who is blind? (1 - 2
sentences recommended).' Then it gives you a recommended Alt
description (not very sophisticated, I might add) which you can/should


CSS Grid Gotchas And Stumbling Blocks

By Rachel Andrew.

"In March this year, CSS Grid shipped into production versions of
Chrome, Firefox and Safari within weeks of each other. It has been
great to see how excited people are about finally being able to use it
to solve real problems…" 2017/09/css-grid-gotchas-stumbling-blocks/


Stop Doing User Interviews. Start Having Conversations.

By Nicola Rushton.

"The case for relaxing in user research…" stop-doing-user-interviews-start-having-conversations-187dc3328bf

User Experience Research and Strength of Evidence

By Philip Hodgson.

"The concept of 'strength of evidence' plays an important role in all
fields of research, but is seldom discussed in the context of user
research. We take a closer look at what it means for user experience
research, and suggest a taxonomy of research methods based on the
strength of the data they return…"

Quantitative vs. Qualitative Usability Testing

By Raluca Budiu.

"Both these complementary types of user research play important roles
in an iterative design cycle. Qualitative research informs the design
process; quantitative research provides a basis for benchmarking
programs and ROI calculations."

An Introduction to UX Benchmarking

By Jeff Sauro.

"…To start, benchmarking the user experience effectively means first
understanding both what benchmarking is, what the user experience is,
and then progressing to methods, metrics, and analysis…"

+04: EVENTS.

Politics and UX: Lessons Learned Working in Higher Ed (panel)
October 12, 2017.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

CADET, NCAM's New Caption and Description Tool
October 19, 2017.

Dare Mighty Things
November 3, 2017.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

DesignOps Summit
November 6-8, 2017.
New York, New York, U.S.A.

London UX Conference
November 11-17, 2017.
London, England, United Kingdom

Intro to Audio Description
November 30, 2017.
Online webinars/webinar-registration-11-30-2017/

+05: HTML.

The Future of Accessibility for Custom Elements

By Rob Dodson.

"When users of assistive technology, like a screen reader, navigate a
web page, it's vitally important that the semantic meaning of the
various controls is communicated…"

Inclusive Components

By Heydon Pickering.

"A blog trying to be a pattern library. All about designing inclusive
web interfaces, piece by piece…"

Web Components: The Long Game

By Alex Russell.

"Mikeal Rogers reached out last week to talk about Web Components,
which surprised me, but his follow-up blog post is essential, timely


aria-colspan Property

By Rakesh Paladugula.

"aria-colspan property defines the number of columns a cell spanned
within a table, grid or a treegrid…"


Essential Image Optimization

By Addy Osmani.

"We should all be automating our image compression…"

When Should You Use Which Image Format? JPG? PNG? SVG?

By Amber Wilson.

"There is a room that contains all there is to know about images…"

A Welcoming Classroom

By James M. Lang.

"In 1945 a disabled World War II veteran named Jack Fisher petitioned
the city of Kalamazoo, Mich., to make cuts in the street curbs in
order to allow him and other wheelchair users to navigate the city
more easily…"


Creating Accessible Menus-Part 1

By James Williamson.

"I've recently been tweaking my site navigation to make it a bit
cleaner and more accessible…"

Creating Accessible Menus-Part 2

By James Williamson.

"…In the second installment I want to finish up by taking an
accessible approach to both indicating the current page and making the
menu responsive…"

Tabbed Interfaces

By Heydon Pickering.

"When you think about it, most of your basic interactions are showing
or hiding something somehow…"


Keeping Track of Letter-Spacing, Some Guidelines

By Eric Bailey.

"In this post, I'm going to dive deep into a seemingly simple
typesetting topic-effective use of letter-spacing-and how it relates
to web typography…"


Making Flat Design Usable (Video)

By Kate Meyer.

The hazards of flat design and 5 key UX guidelines for making flat
design usable.

First Impressions Matter: How Designers Can Support Humans' Automatic
Cognitive Processing

By Therese Fessenden.

"The first visceral reaction to a site's design influence how users
perceive relevance, credibility, and even usability. By incorporating
this knowledge throughout the design process, designers can make more
effective products."

UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD : 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined

By Cherry Happy Girl.

"Once upon a time, if you said the word 'design', the odds were
overwhelmingly likely you were talking about graphic design…"

[Section one ends.]


+11: 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.]