+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 51, June 16, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 52 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.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
What We Mean When We Talk About Accessibility
By Alistair Duggin.
“…Accessibility means that people can do what they need to do in a
similar amount of time and effort as someone that does not have a
disability. It means that people are empowered, can be independent,
and will not be frustrated by something that is poorly designed or
Research with Blind Users on Mobile Devices
By Ed Horsford.
“…Last year we did some usability research with users with a range
of visual impairments. We found out lots of interesting things, and
one in particular was about the way blind users of touchscreen devices
experience the web…”
We’re Just Temporarily Abled: Designing for the Future
By Jennifer Aldrich.
“We aren’t just designing accessible products and websites for a
subgroup of people who we may or may not know, who have permanent
visual or motor issues. We’re designing these sites and products for
our future selves as well.”
Designer’s Guide to the Basics of Web Accessibility Design
By Jake Rocheleau.
“The web should be a place where everyone can access the same content
from anywhere in the world…”
The High Cost of Digital Discrimination: Why Companies Should Care
About Web Accessibility
By Jonathon Hensley.
“Netflix, Disney and Target have all faced lawsuits alleging their
websites offer poor accessibility for the disabled. It makes no sense
to wait for US guidelines, now expected in 2018, to end an era of
Section 508 Refresh Timing Confirmed
By Timothy Stephen Springer.
“…David Capozzi, Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board,
confirmed the Board is working to publish the final rule updating
Section 508 standards by October of this year…”
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Quick Tip: How Z-index and Auto Margins Work in Flexbox
By George Martsoukos.
“Flexbox is well-known for solving common layout problems such as
sticky footers and equal-height columns. Beyond those capabilities, it
also provides a few other useful features that aren’t so popular.
Let’s explore two of them!..”
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
4 Forgotten Principles of Usability Testing
By David Travis.
“…Here are 4 principles of usability testing that have been absent
in many of the tests I’ve observed. 1) Screen for behaviours not
demographics. 2) Test the red routes. 3) Focus on what people do, not
what they say. 4) Don’t ask users to redesign the interface…”
User Testing v/s Usability Testing
“My dear friend (ahem, I wish) Travis, now Founder and CEO of UBER App
got stuck in a traffic in Paris on a rainy day and couldn’t get a cab.
He took the problem in hand and started going to friends’ / bus stops
/ taxi stand / building exits, asking them if they would like to have
an app which could get them a cab in a click (and how). That’s user
5 Common Mistakes In UX Benchmark Studies
By Jeff Sauro.
“…Here are five of the more common mistakes made when conducting
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Tabindex for Accessibility: Good, Bad and Ugly
By Rakesh Paladugula.
“Tabindex is a HTML attribute that can set an order for focusable
elements which allow keyboard focus for non focusable elements and
remove focus for a focusable element…”
Computer Says NO to HTML5 Document Outline
By Steve Faulkner.
“…the HTML 5.1 specification requires developers to use h1-h6 to
convey document structure. The simple reason for this change is that
the HTML5 document outline is not implemented…”
Using the HTML lang Attribute
By Léonie Watson.
“…The HTML lang attribute is used to identify the language of text
content on the web. This information helps search engines return
language specific results, and it is also used by screen readers that
switch language profiles to provide the correct accent and
By John Allsopp.
“Recently, someone who’ll remain nameless, but who holds something of
an engineering leadership role at a high-profile financial institution
in Australia, said to me ‘It’s not like this is rocket science. It’s
By Jeff Mott.
“…In this article, I’m going to take you on a tour of the various
styles of object creation and how each builds on the others in
The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It
By Quentin Hardy.
“…Mr. Berners-Lee and Mr. Kahle and others brainstormed at the
event, called the Decentralized Web Summit, over new ways that web
pages could be distributed broadly without the standard control of a
web server computer, as well as ways of storing scientific data
without having to pay storage fees to companies like Amazon, Dropbox
or Google. Efforts at creating greater amounts of privacy and
accountability, by adding more encryption to various parts of the web
and archiving all versions of a web page, also came up. Such efforts
would make it harder to censor content…’The web is already
decentralized,’ Mr. Berners-Lee said. ‘The problem is the dominance of
one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for
microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social
On Link Underlines
By Adrian Roselli.
“In general, I recommend underlining links in body content. In the
absence of a better style appropriate for a specific site, this is the
way to go…”
By Austin Cheney.
“All tools are public Github repositories primary written in HTML
Do Icons Need Labels?
By Steve McCarthy.
“…For the last few years we involved in digital web/app/product
development have been heavily focused on adaptive and responsive
design, ensuring users have access to content across multiple devices.
We now need to take what this design approach has started, and begin
applying it to the way users orientate and consume content. The first
step is to understand the importance and strength of the Signs we are
creating. Only then can we consider optimising and personalising the
experience. Only then can we start to remove the labels.”
Branding is Bull
By Gerry McGovern.
“…Branding is bull, and that’s a fact. Branding in practice is the
manipulation of human emotion, the targeting of human weaknesses, the
wrapping of the product in an image that has got nothing to do with
the product itself. The gushing, smiling faces of actors pretending to
be customers. Branding is the mark of the establishment. The opposite
By Susan Farrell.
“Computer systems shouldn’t make us feel bad. But they often do.
Contextual usability methods can help discover social defects in user
Should You Really Reduce Form Fields?
By Shanelle Mullin.
“Reducing form fields to increase conversions isn’t a myth, but it’s
also not an absolute truth. Just because it works often, doesn’t mean
it will work always.”
SVG Masking Examples – Paths, Gradients, And Patterns
By Steven Bradley.
“…I thought I’d walk you through some different examples today and
next week showing some other options for the mask content and the
elements being masked. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for how
you might use masks in your work…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+12: 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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