+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 36, March 4, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 36 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
08: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Keyboard and Overflow
By Adrian Roselli.
“Imagine that as a user you regularly use the keyboard for
non-data-entry tasks. Think about how frustrating it is to have to
grab the mouse to hover over something on the screen just to see it.
Now imagine that you are a keyboard-only user…”
YouTube’s Automatic Captions Prove Insufficient for ADA Compliance
By Courtney Duerig.
“…Since the intelligibility of captioning drops dramatically at even
a 2% error rate, most of the time YouTube’s computer generated
captions are incomprehensible…”
How to Make Videos Accessible for Blind, Disabled Users
By Joseph C. Dolson.
“A video is a compelling option when you want to demonstrate a product
or show off its features. But a video can cause accessibility
What Will It Take to Move the Needle of Change?
By Cyndi Rowland.
“…For me, I think that if anyone is actually interested in
accessible content they will find the technical specifications that
already exist (i.e., WCAG 2.0, Section 508) and just get to work. So I
am left with thinking that after all this time and our collective
efforts we either don’t have the awareness, the motivation, the
support, or the oversight…”
Accessibility – Why I Got Into This and Why I’m Still Here
By Elle Waters.
“My manager asked me to make the company’s website accessible to
people with disabilities. And when I realized how artificial yet
systemic the barriers were that prevented this website from being
fully accessible, a lifetime accessibility zealot was born…”
Why Accessibility is Key for Search and Visibility
By Rebecca Sentance.
“If you’re involved with SEO, you’ve no doubt thought about all sorts
of ways and means to boost your site in the search rankings. But if
your site isn’t web accessible, your efforts will be in vain for 1/5
of your potential visitors…”
Mobile Assistive Technology Gesture References
By Adrian Roselli.
“During a recent consultation on a mobile project, I broached the
topic of gestures that are used by assistive technology on various
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Use Rems for Global Sizing, Use Ems for Local Sizing
By Richard Rutter.
“The web has always been a type-based medium. Cascading Style Sheets
joined HTML as a part of the web in 1996, and did so with typographic
foundations from their inception. The principal underpinning to those
foundations is the em unit…”
Sass – When To Use @mixin And When To Use @extend
By Steven Bradley.
“Mixins are ways to reuse styles across your project and their ability
to take arguments makes them very powerful and flexible…”
The Ultimate CSS Survey – Standards and Learning
By Louis Lazaris.
“…let’s look at some quick tidbits from part two, which focused on
CSS tools and workflow…”
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Are Focus Groups a Useful Research Technique in UX?
By Juliet Richardson.
“…Do focus groups work? In a word: no…There are many reasons, but
among the main factors contributing to the ineffectiveness of focus
groups are: Peer pressure…Lack of time…Unnatural
setting…Participants lie, albeit unintentionally…”
Why Everyone Should do Usability Testing (Even You)
By Rian van der Merwe.
“…Usability testing is a very powerful (and shamefully underused)
user research methodology-when it is used correctly. In fact,
usability testing is probably the only method that can be relied on to
consistently produce measurable improvements to the usability of a
Using the Microsoft Desirability Toolkit to Test Visual Appeal
By Kate Meyer.
“Measure people’s attitudes toward a user interface by a controlled
vocabulary test: give users the list of product reaction words and
asks them to select those that best describe the design…”
How to Handle Multiple Comparisons
By Jeff Sauro.
“…The danger of false positives applies to more than just blood work
and pet-scans; it applies to p-values used in data science and
customer experience research, too…”
Making Media Accessible by Adding Captions and Audio Description
March 14, 2016.
Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal
March 15, 2016.
Providing Accessible Media Using Able Player
March 15, 2016.
The Importance of User Testing for Accessibility
March 15, 2016.
2016 Accessibility Conference
May 30-June 1, 2016.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
August 9-12, 2016.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
September 8-10, 2016.
Addison, Texas, U.S.A.
By Stephen Chapman.
“The length property of Array objects is one that many who are
ARIA Label Bookmarklet
By Ted Drake.
“I love simple bookmarklets that visualize coding patterns. I was
working on a project today and wanted to verify that aria-labels were
sufficiently descriptive. So I put together this quick bookmarklet.”
Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or ‘Load More’ Buttons? Usability
Findings In eCommerce
By Christian Holst.
“We tested (among other things) these three design patterns for
loading products, both on desktop and mobile.”
Young Adults Appreciate Flat Design More than Their Parents
By Kate Meyer.
“18-to-25-year olds rated flat UIs as slightly more attractive than
older adults did. That increased aesthetic appeal may not be worth the
usability costs of flat design.”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+08: 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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