+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 33, February 11, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 33 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.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Mobile Accessibility – How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile
“This document provides informative guidance (but does not set
requirements) with regard to interpreting and applying Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 [WCAG20] to web and non-web mobile
content and applications. ..”
About ALT TEXT and Graphics
By Steve Faulkner.
“A discussion occured on A11ySlackers gitter channel last evening
about whether use of the following markup pattern was a WCAG 2.0
The Accessibility Tree
“At the top level, the first concept to understand is the platform
Accessibility API, which is an integral part of each Operating
Implementing an Accessibility Policy – An Insider’s Guide
By Lucy Greco and Anna Gazdowicz.
“To successfully access website and application information, people
with disabilities depend on technologies that adhere to specific
design principles and standards that can increase usability for
everyone. The Web Accessibility team at the University of California,
Berkeley, has tested hundreds of websites and learned many lessons
about how to implement and sustain accessibility efforts…”
Engaging Accessibility: 4 Tips for CIOs (Video)
By Lucy Greco.
“…here is a quick video about how to think about access in a large
Three Common Accessibility Pitfalls for Developers – Text Alternatives
By Julie Grundy.
“It might not surprise you to learn that errors with text alternatives
were the third most common problem we found…”
4 Ways to Make Online Content More Accessible
By Jacqueline Tolisano.
“…Jane is an outgoing college student who happens to be vision impaired…”
Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons
By Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Miller.
“I have learned to approach accessibility like any other design challenge…”
The Top 5 Most Costly Accessibility Issues
By Alison Walden.
“I get the opportunity through my work to audit many large scale web
experiences for accessibility compliance. In the past year alone I
have audited web properties across a variety of industries including
transportation (two major airlines in China, a regional Canadian
airline), retail (a major Canadian supermarket chain), fashion retail
(a Canadian luxury department store), and education (college presence
for one of the largest retail booksellers in the US).”
Report and Recommendation Denying Harvard and MIT’s Motion to
By US Court, District of Massachusetts.
US District Court refused to dismiss the cases against Harvard and MIT
for not captioning videos.
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Flexbox and the Keyboard Navigation Disconnect
By Leonie Watson.
“CSS Flexbox can create a disconnect between the DOM order and visual
presentation of content, causing keyboard navigation to break…”
CSS Variables – Why Should You Care?
By Rod Dodson.
“CSS variables, more accurately known as CSS custom properties, are
landing in Chrome 49. They can be useful for reducing repetition in
CSS, and also for powerful runtime effects like theme switching and
potentially extending/polyfilling future CSS features…”
Sass – The @extend Directive
By Steven Bradley.
“Have you ever wanted one selector to inherit the styles of another?”
Required alt Tag Missing on Image alt Tag Input
“…Proposed resolution: Add the “required” attribute to this field….”
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
5 Steps to Conducting an Effective Expert Review
By Jeff Sauro.
“…The following five steps for conducting an effective expert review
aren’t going to make you an “expert” in interface evaluation
immediately, but if you apply them with enough practice eventually
May 7-12, 2016.
San Jose, California, U.S.A.
DRUPALCON New Orleans
May 9-13, 2016.
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
May 11-13, 2016.
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
UX London 2016
May 18-20, 2016.
London, United Kingdom
June 13-14, 2016.
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
June 16-17, 2016.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Quick Guide to Writing Link Text
By Luke McGrath.
“Useful links are an essential part of an optimised digital user experience…”
PHP Arrays – The Php Array Functions
By Michelangelo van Dam.
“…I want to dive into real fun and explain PHP’s array functions
with real-world examples and how you can apply them in your day-to-day
Typography and Dyslexia
By Bigelow and Holmes.
“What is missing from these news reports is scientific evidence that
special dyslexia fonts are actually better for dyslexic readers than
commonly used fonts…”
Usability Testing of Icons
By Aurora Bedford.
“To ensure that people understand the meaning and purpose of icons,
conduct multiple types of tests at various stages of the
User Intent Affects Filter Design
By Katie Sherwin.
“Results pages that refresh too soon or shift the page position
disrupt the filtering process. Design filters and facets to offer a
smooth user experience.”
Designing for the Extremes (or Why Your Average User Doesn’t Exist)
By Susana Gonzalez Ruiz.
“One of the biggest mistakes companies can make is designing services
and products for the average user, an artificial and static
representation of real users that generates dysfunctions.
Interestingly, the solution lies in the extremes…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+10: 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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