+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 37, March 10, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 37 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.
06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
By Rakesh Paladugula.
“Aria-selected state is used to notify when one or more items in a
widget have selectable functionality. Eg: various tabs in a tab panel
have selectable mechanism. In general the selected state is notified
to the user with a change in color. The change in color notification
will not be recognized by screen reading technologies…”
ARIA – Roles, States and Properties (Video)
By Joe Dolson.
“ARIA is way to communicate the semantics of rich internet
applications to users of assistive technology…”
Surfing the Web Should be Easier for the Blind
By The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It’s too easy to ignore the needs of the disabled. Just ask blind Web
surfers who for years have been waiting patiently for new federal
rules that would make it easier for them to navigate the Internet…”
Is Microsoft Changing the Game for Accessible Browsers?
By Robin Christopherson.
“A raft of new internet accessibility work by Microsoft will make the
web user-experience for people with disabilities far smoother and more
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
User Generated Content in a Classy World
By Jonathan Snook.
“…The way I visualize content is like it is part of a module…”
Quick Tip: Fixing the font-weight Problem on Hover States
By George Martsoukos.
“Have you ever tried to change the value of the font-weight property
on link states? If yes, you may have noticed that the text shifts. In
this quick tip, we’ll first learn what causes this undesired behavior
and then we’ll examine two possible solutions.”
REM vs EM – The Great Debate
By Zell Liew.
“…In this article, you’re going to find my take on rem vs
em. You’re also going to learn exactly what rem and em are, and how to
use them to build modular components….”
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Getting Users to a Specific Feature in a Usability Test
By Jakob Nielsen.
“User testing works best if you don’t direct participants too much,
but sometimes you need users to go straight to a target page. How to
get them there?”
The Interview Survey – Getting the Accuracy of Interviewing Thousands of Users
By Dimitri Khanine.
“…By conducting a (Biggest Issue Bucket) BIB Survey, you can get as
close to a good interview as possible, while reaching thousands of
10 Essentials of Measuring Usability
By Jeff Sauro.
“Observing just a few users interact with a product or website can
tell you a wealth of information about what’s working and not
Excuses, Excuses! Why Companies Don’t Conduct User Research
By Jim Ross.
“…While the term user experience has received a lot of attention
over the last few years, many people still don’t know user research is
the key activity that informs UX design…”
Keeping Yourself out of the Story – Controlling Experimenter Effects
By Philip Hodgson.
“We take a look at some subtle yet pervasive experimenter effects, at
ways they can bias the outcome of a design experiment, and at what we
can do to control their influence.”
The Secret Cost of Research
By Erika Hall.
“…Allowing a designer to do research means opening assumptions up to
scrutiny. It means admitting you don’t have all the answers. To
someone in charge, the true cost of research is the risk of losing
control…Research is necessary for a successful design project
because it gives you a shared basis for decision-making, grounded in
evidence rather than in sheer authority or tenacity. And this saves
time and money…”
The Case for Direct Questions in your UX Research
By Bradley Miller.
“…The most crucial aspect of obtaining valid user research is not to
lead the user…”
Accessibility Basics Webinar Series
Every other Thursday beginning March 17, 2016.
Responsive Web Design Summit
March 29-31, 2016.
Twin Cities Drupal Camp
June 23-26, 2016.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Generate San Francisco 2016
July 15, 2016.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
August 23-26, 2016.
The Mobility and Modern Web Conference
September 14-16, 2016.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
HTML: What’s Next?
By Charles McCathie Nevile.
“Since the end of last year the Web Platform Working Group has
responsibility for W3C’s HTML spec, as well as many other core
specifications. What have we been doing with HTML, and what is the
Major Browsers Summary – Chrome and Firefox Rock!
By Steve Faulkner.
HTML5 Accessibility Support Scores have been updated to include Edge 13.
+06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
Quality Wireframes Inspiration
“A well produced, quality wireframe is a critical phase in the
creative process and could make all the difference while working with
A Year Without jQuery
By Patrick Kunka.
“Dropping the trusted workhorse from our front-end back in 2014 has
led to a faster, leaner platform…”
By Lexy Munroe.
not work. Put some thought into what that means. Err on the side of
basing your work on existing HTML mechanisms whenever you can. Maybe
using your site. Commence weeping…”
A11y Color Palette
By Matt Long.
“This tool should help you visualize an entire palette of colors with
accessibility in mind. An indicator will be placed next to each
foreground color to show if its contrast with the background color is
WCAG 2.0 AA and/or AAA compliant for normal and large text. No
indicator next to a foreground color means its contrast ratio with the
background color is not at all compliant…”
Golden Rules of User Interface Design
By Nick Babich.
“Based upon Ben Shneiderman’s ‘Designing the User Interface’ and Jakob
Nielsen’s ‘Ten Usability Heuristics’, 10 general principles for
interaction design. They are called ‘heuristics’ because they are
broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+11: 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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