[webdev] Web Design Update: January 19, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:22:43 -0600
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: January 19, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 30, January 19, 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: HTML5.




09: XML.

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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Avoid Messages Under Fields

By Adrian Roselli.

"Sometimes we fail to consider how browser features can jack up our
interfaces. This is neither good nor bad, but we do need to account
for it..."

Testing Form Functionality With Different Assistive Technology

By Rian Rietveld.

"How do different types and implementations of form elements behave in
HTML5 forms..." testing-form-functionality-with-different-assistive-technology/

Accessible Solutions

By Adina Halter.

"This is a collection of accessible solutions. The links take you to a
page demonstrating the fully functional widget..."

How I Do an Accessibility Audit (Video)

By Rob Dodson.

"Today on A11ycasts I want to give a brief look into the process I use
when I'm auditing a site for accessibility..."

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: the Prologue

By Elle Waters.

"Fear and worry are often companions as we journey towards
accessibility. Elle Waters reminds us that in order to build
successful accessibility programs we need to face our fears, not
ignore them."

Accessibility is a Civil Right

By Marcy Sutton.

"On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, amidst a giant shift in
U.S. politics and societal norms, I want to take a moment to discuss
accessibility as a civil right, something I learned from disability
rights attorney Lainey Feingold..."

New IT Accessibility Rules Catch Up to 17 Years of Changes

By Jason Miller.

"...The Access Board harmonized the new requirements with other
guidelines and standards both in the U.S. and abroad, including
standards issued by the European Commission and with the Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), a globally recognized voluntary
consensus standard for web content and ICT..." 2017/01/new-accessibility-rules-catch-17-years-changes/

Key Features of the Section 508 Refresh

By Jonathan Avila.

"As announced earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) approved the US Access Board's final rules updating the
standards for ICT covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as
well as guidelines for Section 255 of the Communications Act..."

Section 508 Refresh Published in U.S. Federal Register

By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.

"...With today's final publication of the Section 508 Refresh rule,
their guidelines are brought in line with current standards for
accessible websites: the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Section 508 Refresh Update: ICT Final Rule Published

By Deque Systems.

"...the effective date for enforcement and compliance with this new
Final Rule will begin January 18, 2018; 12 months from the day it is
published in the U.S. Federal Register..."

The Motley Fool Accessible Information Agreement

By Lainey Feingold.

"...he agreement is designed to ensure that the company's
award-winning website, mobile application and emails are available to
people with and without disabilities..."


CSS Selectors: Attribute Selectors

By Tiffany Brown.

"Attribute selectors match elements based on their attributes..."

Master CSS Flexbox in 5 Simple Steps

By Vail Joy.

"CSS flexbox is an incredibly useful tool for layout without using
floats or positioning..."


How to Maximize User Research Insight (Video)

By Jakob Nielsen.

"The 2nd half of my keynote at the UX Conference in Las Vegas earlier
in December, about diversifying user research to boost insights.

The 3 Tenets of Applied Ethnography

By Yona Gidalevitz.

"'s a UX designer's a definitive guide to applying ethnography..."

7 Keys To A Successful User Acceptance Testing

By Debug Me.

"User acceptance testing is a necessity when it comes to meeting the
needs of the user in a business or operational environment..."

How Accurate Are Estimates From Online Panels

By Jeff Sauro.

"...To understand how to assess the accuracy, it's important to
understand the differences in the types of panels and how it affects
the accuracy of your estimates..."

+04: EVENTS.

Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society
Starts February 6, 2017.
Online course

London UX Conference
March 25-31, 2017.

UDL in Higher Education Conference
May 8-10, 2017.
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Code Conference 2017
May 30-June 1, 2017
Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S.A.

June 14-16, 2017.
Columbia South Carolina, U.S.A.

+05: HTML5.

HTML5 Page Structure Basics

By Louis Lazaris.

"Now that we've broken down the basics of our template, let's start
adding some meat to the bones and give our page some structure..."


Using the aria-current Attribute

By LĂ©onie Watson.

"It is common on the web for the current thing in a collection to be
highlighted visually, but providing an alternative for screen reader
users has often involved something of a hack. The aria-current
attribute is intended to solve this problem."

JavaScript Array Iteration Methods Summarized

By Tab Atkins.

"Array iteration methods summarized..."

Ethical Web Development

By Adam Scott.

"As web developers, we are responsible for shaping the experiences of
user's online lives. By making choices that are ethical and
user-centered, we create a better web for everyone."


20 Typography Rules Every Designer Should Know

By Igor Ovsyannykov.

"Typography is one of the most important and gratifying components of
graphic design..."


Cards vs. lists, How They Impact UX

By Marc Schenker.

"Two of the most common ways to organize website content these days is
by using cards and lists..." cards-vs-lists-how-they-impact-ux/

How Does Price Affect the 'User' Experience?

By Gerry McGovern.

"It is silo-based thinking to think that there is a set of user
experiences and a set of customer experiences. There is only one set
of experiences, and every single interaction with the organization
contributes to it." how-does-price-affect-%E2%80%9Cuser%E2%80%9D-experience

Ideation for Everyday Design Challenges

By Aurora Harley.

"Improve your UI design solutions by considering many ideas before
settling on any one of them. A solid ideation methodology broadens
your idea-generation capacity."

UX Stories Communicate Designs

By Sarah Gibbons.

"Help audiences empathize with users and buy into your design goals
with well-crafted stories that build insight and focus on users and
their needs."

Stop Thinking of Your Site as a Marketing Tool

By Paul Boag.

"...Users are looking for answers to questions...Marketing happy talk
obscures answers..."

+09: XML.


By Rodney Rehm.

"This document explains how managing focus in SVG works and how it
differs from HTML."

[Section one ends.]


+10: 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.]