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+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 17, Issue 41, April 2, 2019.
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 17, Issue 41, April 2, 2019.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 41 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Buttons vs. Links
By Kim Wee.
"Learn the difference and when to use them…"
Do Plain Language
By Anne Sittner-Anderson.
"When fancy talk and shop talk are big don'ts…"
Caption10: Part 3, Synchronized (Video)
By Meryl K. Evans.
Caption10: Part 4, Size (Video)
By Meryl K. Evans.
Caption10: Part 5, Position (Video)
By Meryl K. Evans.
Caption10: Part 6, Indicating Sound (Video)
By Meryl K. Evans.
Checklist for Creating Accessible Videos
By Bureau of Internet Accessibility.
"An accessible video usually includes captions; a transcript; and
careful use of color, text, and flashes or animation. A video should
also be delivered in an accessible format with an accessible media
player, and may include additional audio description when the default
audio track isn't sufficient…"
Using WCAG 2.1 (PDF)
By Alastair Campbell.
Alastair's @A11y_Leed presentation slides.
Best Chart Accessibility Practices
By Denis Kryukov.
"In this article, I will share with you the best chart accessibility
practices, and how you can practically create an effective
accessibility friendly charts."
The 'Perilous Pitfalls' of Accessibility Maturity
By Sheri Byrne-Haber.
"…This article is my take on the UX pitfalls identified in the HFI
article as applied to accessibility…"
Apple's New Feature a Step Towards Digital Apartheid
By Hampus Sethfors.
"…I think it's safe to say that Apple has some serious explanation to
do here. Both around the feature and the non-existent documentation
around it. Hopefully it's just a mistake, wasn't supposed to be rolled
out or something similar. Until that is confirmed though, I think it's
time for the accessibility community to protest rather loudly."
Alexa 100 Accessibility Update #2
By Jared Smith.
"This analysis of the top 100 sites in 2011, 2017, and today suggest
that accessibility may be improving."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
How To Align Things In CSS
By Rachel Andrew.
"There are a few ways to align elements in CSS. In this article,
Rachel Andrew explains what they are with some tips to help you
remember which to use and why…"
Breaking CSS Custom Properties Out of :root Might Be a Good Idea
By Kevin Powell.
"…In this article, we'll be exploring: 1.) Why we put custom
properties on the :root to begin with. 2.) Why global scoping isn't
right for everything. 3.) How to overcome class clashing with locally
scoped custom properties…"
Drupal's Angela Byron On Building A Diverse Community
By Caleb Kaiser.
"She has helped build one of the most welcoming communities in open
source that exists today…"
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
A Warning About Automated Accessibility 'Warnings'
By Scott O'Hara.
"…just because a warning pops up, or your 'accessibility score'
doesn't reach a perfect 100%, you should still verify that these
warnings are actually issues to solve for…"
Think Like an Accessible UX Researcher Part 2: How Many Participants?
By David Sloan.
"This is the second in a series of posts looking at the advice
provided in the excellent book Think like a UX Researcher, by David
Travis and Philip Hodgson, from the perspective of involving people
with disabilities in UX research…"
Personas: Why is it Important to Understand Your Users?
By Keep It Usable.
"Personas are amazing! If you don't have them or if you have them but
don't use them (what a waste!) then you're missing out on a whole host
of business benefits. Let's have a quick look at these before we dive
more into what personas are and how they fit into the design process…"
What to Expect from an Accessibility Audit
April, 9, 2019.
A Complaint has been filed. Now What? Strategies for accessibility
remediation and prioritization for future compliance (American Library
April 24, 2019.
A11y- Basic Web Accessibility
May 8, 2019.
June 7-9, 2019.
London, England, United Kingdom
June 17-21, 2019.
August 27-30, 2019.
Smashing Magazine Conference
September 9-10, 2019.
By Jeremy Wagner.
bloat, inaccessible cruft, and unsustainable patterns. Jeremy Wagner
the right things the right way and using the web platform the way it
was meant to be used."
By Jason Hoffman.
"…when a situation arises that is in full view and, ultimately,
preventable, is the proper course of action to try and pull the web
forward or to ensure that the web in its current form continues to
function even as technology advances? This only leads to more
questions. Who should be responsible for making these decisions?
Should every library be actively maintained in some way, ad infinitum,
even when best practices shift to anti-patterns? What is our
obligation, as developers, for sites we know have been abandoned? And,
most importantly, how can we best serve the many different users of
the web while still giving developers new programmatic tools? These
are the same questions that we continue to return to, and they have
been at the core of discussions like progressive enhancement,
responsive design and accessibility…"
"Are your URLs too short? Lengthen your URLs conveniently and share
your links without ambiguity…"
Intro to Font Metrics
By Weston Thayer.
"Font files contain a wealth of information about a typeface. Whether
you're a designer or a developer, learning more about how fonts work
can open new doors in how you work and what you create.…"
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
Cascading Style Sheets Information.
Evaluation & Testing Information.
Information Architecture Information.
Miscellaneous Web Information.
Sites & Blogs Listing.
Standards, Guidelines & Pattern 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
Research Paper Writing