[webdev] Web Design Update: December 15, 2016

David P. Dillard


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:21:04 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: December 15, 2016


- Volume 15, Issue 25, December 15, 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:


02: BOOKS.





07: PHP.

08: TOOLS.




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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Writing HTML with Accessibility in Mind

By Manuel Matuzovic.

"An introduction to web accessibility. Tips on how to improve your
markup and provide users with more and betters ways to navigate and
interact with your site..." writing-html-with-accessibility-in-mind-a62026493412

New Research Project to Interpret WCAG

By Funka.

"All regulations on web accessibility points to WCAG..." archive---research-projects/new-research-project-to-interpret-wcag/

What's Happening With WCAG

By Mark DuBois.

"I had the opportunity to speak with Glenda Sims (Deque) about all the
activities happening with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
these days..."

The NoMouse Challenge to Raise Awareness About Accessible Web Design

By Beatrice Credi.

"The #NoMouse Challenge is a global effort to raise awareness about
accessible web design..." the-nomouse-challenge-to-raise-awareness-about-accessible-web-design/

Day 8: Testing Using a Screen Reader

By Callum Macrae.

"A screen reader is a piece of assistive technology used by people who
may need help reading what is on the screen..."

Patterns for Accessible Webchats

By Theodor Vararu.

"...These patterns will make your webchat more accessible, but these
alone are not enough. Make sure that your visual design and content
design are of a high standard. Crucially, test your implementation of
these accessibility patterns with users who have access needs...." 2016/12/09/patterns-for-accessible-webchats/

Technologic (Human Afterall): Accessibility Mix

By Léonie Watson.

Léonie's 2016 Fronteers presentation.

A Cautionary Tale: DOJ Intervenes in Another Web Accessibility Lawsuit

By Kristina M. Launey.

"...this case demonstrates that litigating a website accessibility
case has broader implications than just winning or losing on the
merits. Few businesses want the DOJ inquiring into their ADA Title
III compliance practices, of which websites are only a part." a-cautionary-tale-doj-intervenes-in-another-web-accessibility-lawsuit/

Statement of Interest Filed by the United States Against Winn Dixie Stores (PDF)


"Plaintiff Juan Carlos Gil, who is blind, alleges he is a customer of
Winn-Dixie Stores, a chain of grocery stores and pharmacies, and would
like to access the information, goods, and services that Winn-Dixie
Stores provides to customers via its website..."

Digital Access Legal Update - December 2016

By Lainey Feingold.

"This post includes legal developments about digital accessibility
between May 8, 2016 and December 12, 2016..."

+02: BOOKS.

Keith, Jeremy. Resilient Web Design, 2016.


Windows High Contrast Mode: The Limited Utility of -ms-high-contrast

By Patrick H. Lauke.

"...The media feature supports three values that can be tested:
active, black-on-white and white-on-black. While on the face this
feature seems pretty useful, it arguably provides authors with very
little actionable information..." windows-high-contrast-mode-the-limited-utility-of-ms-high-contrast/

What Next for CSS Grid Layout?

By Rachel Andrew.

"Rachel Andrew opens the door on next generation CSS to bring us
tidings of Grid joy. But rest not on your laurels, we must look to
what comes next for the specification. Gold may be just around the
corner, but whence will the frankincense and myrrh appear?"

The Power of CSS Selectors and How to Use Them

By Web Designer Wall.

"...In this guide we've provided an overview of the most useful css
selector techniques, with examples of what they do and how they look
in CSS, along with some working demos of how you can put them into
practice..." the-power-of-css-selectors-and-how-to-use-them

CSS Shorthand Syntax Considered an Anti-Pattern

By Harry Roberts.

"There's a very small but surprisingly significant (and even more
surprisingly frequent) issue I spot a lot in other peoples' code,
either when working directly with it, refactoring it, or auditing it:
the use of shorthand syntax in CSS..." css-shorthand-syntax-considered-an-anti-pattern/

Why I Don't Use CSS Preprocessors

By Jens Oliver Meiert.

"...CSS preprocessors are like a solution in need of a problem.."


Learning by Involving People with Disabilities in User Research

By David Sloan.

"One of the most exciting things about 2016 has been the growth in
number of user-research projects that we've worked on with our
clients..." learning-by-involving-people-with-disabilities-in-user-research/

Could You Hand Me the Dry Rub Please?

By Grace G Lau.

"Tree testing is an effective technique for evaluating navigation and

Essential Eye-Tracking Visualizations and Metrics

By Jeff Sauro.

"...Eye-tracking can't magically answer all UX research questions but
knowing which elements are in participants' visual field gives you
some idea about perception..."

Semper Gumby: Embracing Flexibility in User Research

By Steve Portigal.

"...Here is a user research war story shared with me by Alicia
Dornadic and her team, where they try-and fail-to plan for the most
basic of human needs..."

+05: EVENTS.

Rightsizing UX Research
January 12, 2017.
Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.A.

An Event Apart Washington D.C.
July 10-12, 2017.
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

HCI International 2017
July 9-14, 2017.
Vancouver, Canada


Introducing Resilient Web Design

By Jeremy Keith.

"I wrote a thing...It turned out to be a bit of a history book: the
history of design, the history of the web..."

World-Wide Web, Not Wealthy Western Web (Video)

By Bruce Lawson.

Bruce's 2016 Fronteers presentation.

Why It's Okay to Reinvent the Wheel

By Donna Spencer.

"In project contexts we often hear people complaining that a team is
wasting time reinventing the wheel, that they shouldn't be solving
something that's already been solved, that they should instead focus
on working faster or being more innovative."

+07: PHP.

What's New and Exciting in PHP 7.1?

By Younes Rafie.

"The PHP community has gone viral with the latest PHP 7 announcement
and all the goodies it brings to the language..."

Developing for PHP Scalability using Web Application Performance
Testing of a Load

By Dave Smith.

"...Read this article learn how to perform proper Web site load
testing with the WAPT tool..." 495-PHP-Scalability-and-Performance-Testing-of-Server-Load.html

+08: TOOLS.

Accessibility Metrics and JIRA

By Ted Drake.

"Many companies use JIRA for bug-tracking and JIRA's query language
can help you pull out some great metrics for managing your company's
product accessibility."


Get the Balance Right: Responsive Display Text

By Richard Rutter.

"Richard Rutter shepherds a tea towel onto our collective heads and
describes a technique for responsively scaling display text to
maintain a consistent feel in both landscape and portrait screen
orientations. That should put things back into proportion."

In Defense of Font Size Widgets

By Jeffery Zeldman.

"...Most of the sites we've designed in the past few years have not
had a text size widget, but I believe this was due to our privileged
assumptions and biases, and not to the reality of the needs of those
we serve. Going forward on client projects at studio.zeldman, and in
my publications like A List Apart, I hope to correct this-and I hope
you will think about it, too."


Reading Content on Mobile Devices

By Kate Meyer.

"Readers can understand short, simple text content on mobile devices
just as well as on computers, but they slow down when reading
difficult text on mobile."

Information Literacy is a Design Problem

By Lisa Maria Martin.

"Information literacy, wrote Dr. Carol Kulthau in her 1987 paper
'Information Skills for an Information Society,' is 'the ability to
read and to use information essential for everyday life'-that is, to
effectively navigate a world built on 'complex masses of information
generated by computers and mass media.'..."

Decision Frames: How Cognitive Biases Affect UX Practitioners

By Kathryn Whitenton.

"Designers are vulnerable to the same cognitive biases as users. The
context in which you present a problem can bias your design choices."

How Not to Design Web Forms

By John Moore Williams.

"A somewhat-snarky look at mistakes web designers often make when
building forms, with tips on building forms right."

Checkout Usability: Auto-Detect 'City' and 'State' Inputs Based on the
User's Postal Code

By Christian Holst.

"Typing information in form fields is generally one of users' least
favorite parts of online shopping..."

[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.]