[webdev] Web Design Update: February 15, 2018

David P. Dillard


Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:30:47 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: February 15, 2018


- Volume 16, Issue 34, February 15, 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:





05: HTML.






11: XML.


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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Accessibility vs. Inclusive Design: My Point of View

By Dennis Deacon.

"…Rather than focusing on providing remediation steps, teach accessible considerations
when designing or coding upfront. You-ll reduce the time and resources needed to
repeatedly remediate websites and apps. And that is better for all."

Accessibility: Review of 2017 and Outlook for 2018

By Shadi Abou-Zahra.

"2017 was another busy year for the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)…" accessibility-review-of-2017-and-outlook-for-2018/

CAPTCHA Accessibility

By Orange.

"A CAPTCHA ('Completely Automated Public Turing-test to tell Computers and Humans Apart')
is an automated test aimed at telling apart a human user from a software program…"

Personalization Semantics Content Module First Public Working Draft, and Personalization
Semantics Explainer

By Michael Cooper.

"The Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group has published a First
Public Working Draft of Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0 as well as an
updated draft of Personalization Semantics Explainer 1.0…"

What's in Your Toolbox? Accessibility Tips for Developers (Video)

By Paul J. Adam.

"Learn about tools & techniques for developers for accessibility testing…"

How To Meet the Needs of Older Internet Users

By Rakesh Paladugula.

"People who were in in their 40s during the internet boom of the late 90s will now be
coming into retirement, suggesting a new wave of tech savvy seniors. There are increasing
numbers of tech startups aimed at the elderly, but those aged 55+ are still only 3% of
total internet users. In a world increasingly dependent…"


CSS Basics: The Syntax That Matters & The Syntax That Doesn't

By Chris Coyier.

"When you're starting to play around with CSS at the very beginning, like any other
language, you have to get used to the syntax…"

Basics of CSS Grid: The Big Picture (Video)

By Jen Simmons.

"Jen Simmons describes the overall big picture of CSS Grid…"

Into the Weeds of CSS Layout (Video)

By Rachel Andrew.

"There are lots of reasons to get excited about new layout methods in CSS, but what
impact does moving to Flexbox and Grid have on performance…"

How I Design with CSS Grid

By Chen Hui Jing.

After a couple of rounds of introducing CSS grid to people who haven't tried it before, I
found it wasn't the implementation of grid that people asked questions about, rather, it
was the bit before that.

Pour Holy Web Compatibility in Your CSS Font

By Karl Dubost.

"Yet another Webcompat issue with the characters being cut in the bottom, this will join
the other ones, such as cross characters not well centered in a rounded box and many
other cases…"

Modern CSS Explained For Dinosaurs

By Peter Jang.

"CSS is strangely considered both one of the easiest and one of the hardest languages to
learn as a web developer…" modern-css-explained-for-dinosaurs-5226febe3525


The 9 Rules of Design Research

By Erika Hall.

"Lately, I've noticed a lot more ambient enthusiasm for research among both early stage
start-ups and established organizations…" the-9-rules-of-design-research-1a273fdd1d3b

Beyond the NPS: Measuring Perceived Usability with the SUS, NASA-TLX, and the Single Ease
Question After Tasks and Usability Tests

By Page Laubheimer.

"Post-test questionnaires like the SUS measure perceived usability of an entire system;
post-task scales suggest of problematic parts of a design."

The User Experience of Flower Websites

By Jeff Sauro.

"…A two-part UX benchmark (retrospective and task-based) analysis of flower websites was
conducted in 2018 using 320 participants. The overall user experience of the industry was
slightly above average compared to the websites in the SUPR-Q database and similar to the
2017 data. The biggest driver of both poor SUPR-Q scores and low task completion rates
are the hidden fees and lack of price transparency. What consumers see as estimated
totals in their shopping carts on average increased by 50% or in some cases, even
doubled, by the time they checked out."

Talk is Cheap: The Myth of the Focus Group

By Liza Featherstone.

"Focus groups make us feel our views matter - but no one with power cares what we think."

+04: EVENTS.

a11yMTL Annual Conference
February 24, 2018.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ACT Rules for Manual Web Accessibility Evaluation Methodologies
March 14, 2018.

Confab Central 2018
May 21-23, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

International PHP Conference
June 4-8, 2018.
Berlin, Germany

The CSS & SVG Power Combo
June 25, 2018.
Toronto, Canada

SmashingConf Toronto 2018
June 26-27, 2018.
Toronto, Canada

+05: HTML.

Title Texts Suck

By Hampus Sethfors.

"Many people I meet think title texts, also known as tooltips, improve both the
accessibility and usability of their sites. They don't. In fact, they can even cause
problems. Let's see why…"

HTML, CSS, and Dependency Direction

By Jens Oliver Meiert.

"…What I wish to do here is not critique the ending of this otherwise instructive
article, but to look at one great aspect, dependency direction…"


The JavaScript Supply Chain Paradox: SRI, CSP and Trust in Third Party Libraries

By Troy Hunt.

"A couple of years back as the US presidential campaign was ramping up, the Trump camp
did something stupid. I know, we're all shocked but bear with me because it's an
important part of the narrative of this post. One of their developers embedded this code
in the campaign's donation website…" the-javascript-supply-chain-paradox-sri-csp-and-trust-in-third-


The History of the Web

By Jay Hoffmann.

"The history of the World Wide Web absolutely fascinates me. So much so, that I've
decided to create a more or less definitive timeline of events…"

The (Mostly) Complete History of Layout on the Web Part 1: Liquid Cool

By Jay Hoffmann.

"…As far as I can tell the first liquid layout was used on ProjectCool in 1996…" mostly-complete-history-layout-web-part-1-liquid-cool/

A Letter About Google AMP

By 21 Original signatories plus supporting signatories and organizations.

"We are a community of individuals who have a significant interest in the development and
health of the World Wide Web ('the Web'), and we are deeply concerned about Accelerated
Mobile Pages ('AMP'), a Google project that purportedly seeks to improve the user
experience of the Web…"

The Two Faces of AMP

By Tim Kadlec.

"…Look, AMP, you-re either a tool for the open web, or you-re a tool for Google search. I
don-t mind if you-re the latter, but please stop pretending you-re something else."


Creating Accessible Menus and Mega Menus

By Bryan Garaventa.
"The meaning of the word 'menu' within web technologies is variable and encompasses many
different types of functionality…" challenges-mega-menus-standard-menus-make-accessible/


When East Meets West: Web Typography and How It Can Inspire (Video)

By Chen Hui Jing.

"This talk traces the parallel history of western and eastern typography from handwriting
to the internet age, setting the context for how the web is a brand new medium for


Inverted Pyramid: Writing for Comprehension

By Amy Schade.

"The inverted-pyramid style of writing refers to starting an article with the most
important piece of information so readers can get the main point, regardless of how much
they read. This style of writing is perfectly suited to writing for the web."

Research Review Finds Most Readability Formulas Outdated and Overrated

By Karen Schriver.

"…A research review by Dr. Karen A. Schriver-'Plain Language in the United States Gains
Momentum: 1940-2015'-takes a hard look at readability formulas…"

10 UX Challenges for the Next 25 Years (Video)

By Jakob Nielsen.

"Jakob Nielsen presents his UX directions for the future: How UX roles will evolve, and
how UX involvement can solve major challenges for the world." 10-ux-challenges-next-25-years-jakob-nielsen-keynote/

+11: XML.

XML is 20

By Tim Bray.

"'It was twenty years ago today/Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play…' Actually, it
was 21½ years ago today that Jon Bosak pulled together the original XML Working Group.
But yes, it was on February 10, 1998 that XML 1.0 was released to the world. Which is
worth talking about…"

[Section one ends.]


+12: 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.]