+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 15, Issue 22, November 23, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 22 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.
10: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
One Small Click for Developers, One Giant Leap for A11y
By Kimberly Munoz.
Kimberly Munoz’s WaffleJS keyboard testing presentation slides.
a11y = Accessibility
By Adrian Roselli.
“…a11y is shorthand for accessibility. Those middle characters are
the number one, not lower-case Ls. Say it as A-one-one-Y or
Listening to the Web, Part Three: Working with Screen Readers
By Scott Vinkle.
“…Destination: screen readers. You’ll come away with everything you
need to know to get your hands dirty when it comes to designing,
developing for, and testing your sites with screen readers…”
Strategic Accessibility Update
By Jon R. Gunderson.
Jon’s slides from the 2016 Educause Pre-Conference Workshop in October
Accessibility Basics: Designing for Visual Impairment
By Graeme Fulton.
“…This guide will look at how designing for people with visual
impairments can improve the web for everyone…”
Web Accessibility: Designing for All
By Sylvia Kim.
“Accessibility is an important and often forgotten element of building
websites and digital products. While W3C’s Web Accessibility
Initiative lays out specific standards to follow, it’s surprising how
many of those steps are left out in websites and products we use
Web Accessibility in the UK – True Facts [infographic]
By Claire Brotherton.
“I was recently asked in one of my blogging groups to create an infographic…”
Assistive Technology Surveys
By Dennis Lembree.
“Digital accessibility experts are often asked about the usage of
screen readers and assistive technologies…”
VR and Accessibility
By Ian Hamilton.
“…It does however aim to ask some questions, point out a few
VR-specific barriers to access, and show a few possible solutions,
allowing you to include more people as a result…”
Proposed Rule for State and Local Government Websites Slated for July 2017
By Minh Vu.
“DOJ announces that proposed rules for state and local government
websites will issue July 2017…”
What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Digital Accessibility?
By Timothy Stephen Springer.
“In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, many are
wondering how the new administration will affect the digital
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
By Chris David Mills.
allow for accessible web experiences or they can significantly harm
accessibility if misused. This article outlines some CSS and
complex content is as accessible as possible…”
CSS Inheritance, The Cascade And Global Scope: Your New Old Worst Best Friends
By Heydon Pickering.
“…I’m going to revisit inheritance, the cascade and scope here with
respect to modular interface design. I aim to show you how to leverage
these features so that your CSS code becomes more concise and
self-regulating, and your interface more easily extensible…”
I Totally Forgot About Print Style Sheets
By Manuel Matuzovic.
“A small collection of useful CSS techniques and a quick reminder that
print style sheets are still a thing…”
Generate Media Queries for Specific Devices with this Insanely Simple CSS Tool
By John Hughes.
“…SimpleCSS is an online tool that generates media queries for you
based on your breakpoint or platform, and in this post we’ll show you
how you can generate them in three clicks…”
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Project Management for User Research: The Plan
By Susan Farrell.
“Every UX research project should start with a plan. Project plans
document the goals, methods, and logistics necessary to repeat the
How to Recap Your Daily UX Research
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
“Imagine you’ve finished a user research session and uncovered some
interesting results about your new prototype design…”
UX and Usability Testing Analysis
By Craig Tomlin.
“…The goal for UX research and usability testing analysis is to
obtain qualitative WHY data for the already observed WHAT data coming
from the Behavioral UX Data analysis…”
The Difference Between Observed And Latent Variables
By Jeff Sauro.
“…Latent, or hidden, variables differ from observed variables in
that they aren’t measured directly. Instead we use observed variables
and mathematically infer the existence and relationship of latent
variables. This is the core method behind many powerful techniques…”
Usability Testing of Inline Form Validation: 40% Don’t Have It, 20% Get It Wrong
By Christian Holst.
“During our just-released checkout usability study, we time and again
observed that there’s a direct correlation between how and when users
are presented with form validation errors and the pace and effort with
which they are able resolve those errors…”
April 4-5, 2017.
San Francisco, Califorina, U.S.A.
DrupalCon Baltimore 2017
April 24-28, 2017.
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
May 1-2, 2017.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
May 6-11, 2017.
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
HTML: A Good Basis for Accessibility
By Chris David Mills.
“A great deal of web content can be made accessible just by making
sure the correct HTML elements are used for the correct purpose at all
times. This article looks in detail at how HTML can be used to ensure
HTML 5.1 is the Gold Standard
By Philippe le Hegaret.
“A couple weeks ago the W3C Web Platform Working Group published HTML
5.1 as a Standard…”
Timeline for HTML5.2
By Léonie Watson.
“We have a proposed timeline for HTML5.2. It goes a little something like
+06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
The Wireframe Perfectionist’s Guide
By Edric Lapniramai.
“…Striving for perfection is a great goal, but be practical with
your time, too. Most real-world projects don’t have ample timelines,
so figure out your priorities, and use the guidelines that make
By Maro Zehe.
“…When I started making my social media rounds this morning, I came
across Jeffrey Zeldman’s call to action for this year’s Blue Beany Day
on November 30th. But I respectfully disagree with a number of points
By Jeremy Keith.
“Every front-end developer at Clearleft went to FFConf last Friday:
me, Mark, Graham, Charlotte, and Danielle…”
Insisting on Core Development Principles
By Kendra Skeene.
“The web community talks a lot about best practices in design and
development: methodologies that are key to reaching and retaining
users, considerate design habits, and areas that we as a community
should focus on…”
PHP Crash Course
By Luke Welling and Laura Thomson.
“Web architects Luke Welling and Laura Thomson provide a quick
overview of PHP syntax and language constructs by working through lots
of real-world examples taken from their experiences building real
+10: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Listening to the Web, Part Two: It’s All Semantics
By Scott Vinkle.
“…We cover the basics of writing semantic HTML, and we explore why
native HTML elements are so effective in creating highly user-friendly
This Year More Than Ever, Blue Beanie Day Matters
By Jeffery Zeldman.
“…#a11y is Code for ‘Love Your Neighbor’…”
Jeffrey’s Image Metadata Viewer
By Jeffrey Friedl.
“…I wrote a little online Exif viewer to view whatever data might be
Give Thanks for Good UX
By Katie Sherwin.
“User experiences that bring joy through ease or delight deserve our
appreciation. We extend our gratitude for some of this year’s design
Great Customer Experience Means Reducing Customer Effort
By Gerry McGovern.
“The best way to understand digital customer experience is to measure
the effort people need to make to complete their top tasks…”
A Useful Guide to Content Types, Part 1
By Carrie Hane.
“Content types are the essential building blocks for a brand, a
content management system, and a digital ecosystem. Too often,
deciding what content types will be created and what properties they
have are decided by a marketer or developer with little context about
the content they will contain or how it will be used…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+13: 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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