[webdev] Web Design Update: May 4, 2017

David P. Dillard



Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 06:19:39 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <>
To: webdev <>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: May 4, 2017


- Volume 15, Issue 45, May 4, 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:










10: TOOLS.




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

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


Creating Accessibility

By Information Technology for Minnesota Government.

"How accessibility, design and IT are working together to make
accessible document templates broadly available at the state."

Creating a Culture of Accessibility

By Cordelia McGee-Tubb.

"...I hope these tips can help you prioritize accessibility in your
organization..." creating-a-culture-of-accessibility/

Making Accessibility More Accessible, Part 1

By Gabe Hoffman.

"Tim Cook started the most recent Apple event with a bold claim that
'Technology should be accessible to everyone'..." making-accessibility-more-accessible-part-1/

Will WCAG 2.1 Make Accessibility More Accessible?

By Ricky Onsman.

"It staggers me that we are still - STILL - struggling with making our
web and digital products and services universally accessible."

Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility

By WebAIM.

"Screen readers convert digital text into synthesized speech..."

We're Building an Autocomplete

By Ed Horsford.

"We're building an autocomplete. These are sometimes called typeaheads..."

The Trouble with Tables: A Brief Introduction

By Gershon Blackmore.

"This is the first in a three-part series of blog posts that is
dedicated to the many people in government agencies who deal with PDF
files on a daily basis, and encounter Section 508 requirements for
these files..."

Tagging Complex Tables

By Gershon Blackmore.

"...the first step in dealing with any complex table is to analyze the
table to see if it can be altered to make it non-complex. A complex
table is one in which there are two rows of headers that must be
referenced to understand the relevance of dependent data cells. Both
header IDs and data cell dependencies must be defined to make a
complex table accessible."

PDF/UA Structure Elements and the User Experience (PDF)

By Karen McCall.

"There is a direct correlation between the experiences of people with
disabilities and the correct implementation of PDF structure elements
in PDF documents..." handle/10211.3/190207/JTPD-2017-p121-129.pdf

Slides from MinneWebCon

By Adrian Roselli.

"I promised to share the slides, so here they are. If the embed is a
problem you can go the slides directly on SlideShare..."

Lawsuit: McDonald's Website, Mobile App not Accessible to the Blind,
Violates ADA

By Jonathan Bilyk.

"A blind man has sued McDonald's, claiming the fast food giant has
discriminated against him under federal disabilities law because it
has not made its smartphone app or website accessible to those with
visual impairments..." website-mobile-app-not-accessible-to-the-blind-violates-ada


What's Happening in CSS?

By Rachel Andrew.

"A list of links I use to track what is happening in CSS and browsers..."

The :focus-within Pseudo Class

By Ian Devlin.

"Today I came across the a new CSS pseudo class that will be very
handy for web developers who are styling focus states..."

Focus Styles on Non-Interactive Elements?

By Chris Coyier.

"...moving focus through JavaScript isn't possible on every element.
Sometimes you need to force that element to be focusable, which she
did through setting tabindex=-1...We since updated our snippet to do
this more-accessible handling of focus. Since then, we've heard from
quite a few folks about a new side effect to the updated snippet..."

The Different Logical Ways to Group CSS Properties

By Chris Coyier.

"...Let's take a look at some ways we could apply different logic to
this ruleset..."

How to Set CSS Margins and Padding (And Cool Layout Tricks)

By Baljeet Rathi.

"...In this tutorial, you will learn the difference between CSS
margins and padding and how these properties affect the space between
elements on a webpage..."

Replace Bootstrap Layouts with CSS Grid

By Dan Brown.

'I wanted to see what it would take to replace an existing grid
framework with CSS Grid.' replace-bootstrap-layouts-with-css-grid/

CSS Ruleset Terminology

By Chris Coyier.

"'s the basics..."

+03: DRUPAL.

DrupalCon Baltimore 2017: Accessibility, New Technology & the Aging
Baby Boomers (Video)

By Katherine MacNally.

"Accessibility isn't just for the blind or deaf. Accessibility is for
everyone. Our eyes, ears, and motor function won't get better with


Group Notetaking for User Research

By Susan Farrell.

"Teams can use digital chronological logs or affinity diagrams to
capture notes, and then aggregate these notes into top findings with
the whiteboard method. "

User Research When You Can't Talk to Your Users

By Jon Peterson.

"User research is about understanding people. But how can we do that
when frontline methods of research aren't an option? Jon Peterson
offers up several 'outside the box' methods for getting to know users
when access and funding is limited." user-research-when-you-cant-talk-to-your-users

+05: EVENTS.

Don't Shut Me Out! Language is Content, Usability and Accessibility
June 8, 2017.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

AIGA Design Conference
October 12-14, 2017.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Midwest UX
October 12-14, 2017.
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Full Stack Toronto
October 23-24, 2017.
Toronto, Canada


UX Glossary: Task Flows, User Flows, Flowcharts and Some New-ish Stuff

By Naema Baskanderi.

"UX has a long list of terms and deliverables..." flowcharts-and-some-new-ish-stuff-2321044d837d


A Quick Intro To BookMarkLets

By Alan Richardson.

"...Bookmarklets are an easy way to have custom javascript to support
your testing that sync across browsers...."


Where Do We Go from Mobile First?

By Jess Hutton.

"Let's unravel how mobile design theory has evolved, consider each
movement in the context of its time, and how we can move towards user
first design..."

A History of Human-Computer Interaction

By Jonathan Grudin.

"Ron Baecker's 1987 Readings in Human-Computer Interaction quoted from
prescient 1960s essays by Vannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, Douglas
Engelbart, Ivan Sutherland, Ted Nelson, and others. I wondered, 'How
did I work for years in HCI without hearing about them?'..." a-history-of-human-computer-interaction


Accessibility: Skip to Main Content

By Jake Trent.

"Give keyboard users a way to get to the main content of your site quickly..."

Customer Journeys Need to be Defined by Customers

By Gerry McGovern.

"The journey the organization would prefer the customer to go on is
not usually the journey the customer wants to go on."

Best Practices for Search

By Nick Babich.

"Search is like a conversation between the user and app or website:
the user expresses their information need as a query, and the app or
website expresses its response as a set of results..."

+10: TOOLS.

WGBH Makes Video Captioning Accessible and Affordable with Free

Software Innovation

By National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM).
"Public invited to experience the captioning tool at free Boston
Public Library launch event, May 11 at 2pm..." press_release.cfm?pid=0FBB4EB8-5056-0403-6736-ECA743FAC8A4


Your Body Text Is Too Small

By Christian Miller.

"Why website body text should be bigger, and ways to optimize it..."


Stop Shaming Your Users for Micro Conversions

By Kate Meyer and Kim Flaherty.

"Manipulinks make users feel bad about themselves in order to convince
them to accept an offer or sign up for a newsletter."

Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces

By Euphemia Wong.

"Follow Ben Shneiderman's 'Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design' if
you want to design great, productive and frustration-free user
interfaces..." shneiderman-s-eight-golden-rules-will-help-you-design-better-interfaces

The Homepage is Dead: A Story of Website Personalization

By Cara Harshman.

"...We went from one average best homepage to 26 different versions of
the homepage uniquely personalized to different visitors. Let's talk
about why we did it, what we did, and how it all performed (because of
course we measured it)...The web Jeff Bezos imagined in 1998 has
become reality and the opportunities to use personalization to design
better web experiences just continue to grow."

Creating Usability with Motion: The UX in Motion Manifesto

By Issara Willenskomer.

"The following manifesto represents my answer to the question - 'As a
UX or UI, designer, how do I know when and where to implement motion
to support usability?'..." creating-usability-with-motion-the-ux-in-motion-manifesto-a87a4584ddc

How Do You Measure UX Maturity?

By Jeff Sauro.

"While UX is related to software development, it's certainly not the
same thing. To understand how much a mature organization may lead to
better user experiences, UX needs its own model for measuring

[Section one ends.]


+13: 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.]