[webdev] Web Design Update: October 13, 2016

David P. Dillard


Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:26:04 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: October 13, 2016


- Volume 15, Issue 16, October 13, 2016.

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:








08: XML.


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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Mobile Accessibility 101 (Video)

By Sylvia Pellicore.

"You've built a fantastic new mobile app or responsive site, but are
you sure everyone can use it?..." This video is Sylvia Pellicore's
NCDev Conference presentation.

Accessibility with Claire Kearney-Volpe and Chancey Fleet (Video)

By Daniel Shiffman.

"Claire Kearney-Volpe and Chancey Fleet visit the studio to talk about
their work with coding and accessibility for low vision and blind

The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HE)
Act (H.R. 6122)

By The National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

"The AIM HE Act: 1) Authorizes a purpose-based commission to develop
accessibility guidelines... 2) Provides an incentive for schools to
follow the guidelines by offering a safe harbor from litigation... 3)
Restates that schools are still obligated to meet the equal access
mandate under current law...The AIM HE Act addresses the problem of
inaccessible instructional materials in post-secondary education..."

Frequently Asked Questions on the Accessible Instructional Materials
in Higher Education (AIM HE) Act


"Will colleges and universities have to follow the guidelines?..."

Web Accessibility and the ADA

By Philip R. Voluck.

"In fact, as of this writing, some 60-70 web accessibility lawsuits
are pending in federal courts across the country..."


The Amazing Women of CSS

By Rachel Andrew.

"It is Ada Lovelace Day..." 2016/10/11/the-amazing-women-of-css/

Grid by Example (Videos)

By Rachel Andrew.

"A collection of usage examples for the CSS Grid Layout specification..."


12 Tips For Writing Better Survey Questions

By Jeff Sauro.

"...Here's a summary of 12 useful guidelines we use, pulled from books
and articles..."

+04: EVENTS.

Accessibility Testing in Angular 1 and 2
October 19, 2016.
Washington, D.C., U.S.A. testing-in-angular-1-and-2-oct-19-tickets-28360047666

International Day of People with Disability
December 3, 2016.

Las Vegas UX Conference
December 3-9, 2016.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Mobile Accessibility 101
December 13, 2016.


A (Not So) Short Note on ARIA to the Rescue

By Steve Faulkner.

"Native HTML elements don't require the addition of ARIA attributes to
expose the semantics they have, as, for the most part, browsers expose
this information..." a-not-so-short-note-on-aria-to-the-rescue/

Testing for Accessibility in Angular 1 and 2 (Video)

By Marcy Sutton.

This video is Marcy Sutton's Angular Connect Conference presentation.

Marcy's Slides:

We Have to Talk About JavaScript

By John Allsopp.

"It seems that almost weekly concerns about the complexity of the
ecosystem around JavaScript, build tools and frameworks bubble

Does Progressive Enhancement Have a Place in Today's Web? (Video)

By George Brocklehurst.

"Single page Web apps are everywhere these days. Is Ruby now just a
language of APIs? Is there even an alternative?..."

Is jQuery Still Relevant?

By T.J. VanToll, Jen Looper, Todd Motto, and Jeremy Likness.

"Although jQuery's heyday may have passed, the library is still used
at a staggering rate. But how of much of that usage is legacy? And how
many developers are choosing to use jQuery in new applications?.."


The Annoying Mobile Double-Tap Link Issue

By Chris Coyier.

"We had a question come up the other day on ShopTalk about regular ol'
anchor links on iOS, and some weird situation where you couldn't just
tap them once to go to the link, it required tapping the link twice.
I've experienced this myself and have been pretty confounded..."


Accessibility for User Experience Designers

By Matt Isner.

"...As user experience designers, you are in a unique position to make
informed decisions about things like document structure, keyboard
interactivity, and reading order, which have a huge impact on the
accessibility (and therefore the usability) of the products you
create. As a result, it's imperative that you apply some basic
accessibility principles to your work in the interest of achieving
success in those areas..."

Designing Card-Based User Interfaces

By Nick Babich.

"In this article, I'll explain what cards mean to UI designers, and
I'll review three popular card-based services. If you're interested in
prototyping your own card-based user interface, you can download and
test Adobe's Experience Design CC for free and get started right
away." designing-card-based-user-interfaces/

What Happy Meals Can Teach us about Good User Experience

By Amy Ahearn.

"...recommendations can be boiled down to reduce choice complexity and
build smarter defaults..." what-happy-meals-can-teach-us-about-good-user-experience/

Developing Usability Heuristics: A Formal or Informal Process

By Daniela Quinones, Cristian Rusu, Silvana Roncagliolo, Virginica
Rusu, and Cesar A. Collazos.

"There are many methods to assess the usability of interactive
software systems. The Heuristic evaluation is one of the methods that
allow finding many usability issues, based on a set of usability
principles (heuristics). However..."

+08: XML.

SVG Filter Primitives-Input and Output

By Steven Bradley.

"...Today I want to focus on how filter primitives work, mainly how
the output of one primitive can be used as the input for another
inside the same filter..."

[Section one ends.]


+09: 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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