+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 15, Issue 17, October 20, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 17 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.
07: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested By 1 November
By Michael Cooper.
“The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group announces a
plan to develop WCAG 2.1, which builds on but does not supersede WCAG
2.0. The group would like input from stakeholders on this plan…”
5 Things Users Have Taught Us About Accessibility
By Heather Moore.
“…We’ve synthesized our learnings into 5 takeaways for you to
consider the next time you undertake an accessibility testing
Popup Ads Are Terrible, and They’re Even Worse for the Blind
By Rose Eveleth.
“…This column explores the products, research programs, and
conclusions that are made not because any designer or scientist or
engineer sets out to discriminate, but because the ‘normal’ user
always looks exactly the same. The result is products and research
that are biased by design.”
Accessibility from the Ground Up: Without Glasses, You Couldn’t Read
By Pamela Hogle.
“…This article addresses visual disabilities, which are included in
the ‘P’ of POUR (discussed in ‘Accessibility from the Ground Up: Build
Captions and Usable Design Into All eLearning’)-content that is
perceivable to learners’ senses…”
Changing Section 508 Laws and the Implications to Your E-Learning
By Tanya Seidel.
“…The technical standards will be updated to reference the Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, level AA…The rule will
now directly specify that all types of public-facing content that
communicates official federal government agency business will need to
Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle
Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
By Department of Justice.
“…Miami University will make significant improvements to ensure that
technologies across all its campuses are accessible to individuals
with disabilities and will pay $25,000 to compensate individuals with
disabilities. The agreement also requires reforms to Miami
University’s technology procurement practices. These improvements
will benefit all current and future Miami University students with
Miami University Consent Decree
By Department of Justice.
“Within six (6) months of the entry of this Consent Decree Miami will:
Subject to Paragraph 22, infra, provide in conformance with the World
Wide Web Consortium’s (“W3C”) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
(“WCAG”) 2.0 AA all new (i.e., non-existent until on or after entry of
this Consent Decree) and redeveloped (i.e., existing before entry of
this Consent Decree but substantially changed in terms of
functionality or structure) web pages, web applications, and web
content, created by Miami, on websites and subdomains used for Miami’s
academic divisions, academic departments, and administrative offices
(listed at Exhibit A)…”
ADA Lawsuit Settlement Compels Miami University to Make Digital
By Emily Griffin.
“…The decree demands that the university take aggressive steps to
remediate their digital content to make it accessible to people with
ADA Compliance and Defense Lawyer: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits Escalate
By Jim Butler.
“Marty Orlick talks about a recent wave of website accessibility clams
plaguing owners of commercial real estate. Be smart. Understand the
problem and fix it now. This issue is not going to go away…”
ICT Refresh Finally Becoming Reality
By Rosemary Musachio.
“Since many U.S. companies want their products to comply both with
Section 508 and Worldwide Web Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0),
the ICT Refresh is comparable, or harmonizes, with the success
criteria of WCAG 2.0…”
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Beware Smushed Off-Screen Accessible Text
By J. Renee Beach.
“My colleague, Matt King, encounters a lot of friction when using web
UIs. Matt uses a screen reader to access the web…”
By Gael Poupard.
“Or how to visually hide some text while keeping it accessible…”
Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction on the Web
By Jen Simmons.
“We finally have the tools necessary to create amazing page designs on
the web. Now we can art direct our layouts, leveraging the power and
tradition of graphic design. In this eye-opening talk, Jen will
explore concrete examples of an incredible range of new
How the Web Became Unreadable
By Kevin Marks.
“I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m
suffering from design….It wasn’t hard to isolate the biggest
obstacle to legible text: contrast, the difference between the
foreground and background colors on a page…”
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
10 Things to Know about a Key Driver Analysis
By Jeff Sauro.
“A key driver analysis (KDA) allows you to identify what features or
aspects have the biggest impact on an outcome variable such as
likelihood to recommend, brand attitudes, and UX quality. It’s one of
the more powerful techniques we use to help prioritize findings in
surveys. Here are 10 things to know about this powerful technique…”
Public Procurement of Accessible ICT Products and Services
Starts November 6, 2016.
https://academy.itu.int/index.php?option=com_joomdle&view= coursescatalogdomain&layout=default1&lang=en&Itemid=478&key= public+procurement
An Event Apart
January 30-February 1, 2017.
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
UX + DEV Summit
February 1-3, 2017.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
February 16, 2017.
World IA Day
February 18, 2017.
The State of HTML5 Input Elements
By Tim Severien.
“Recently I was working on a project where we required date and
numeric fields. Being a purist, my preference is and always will be
HTML5 Accessibility Chops: hidden and aria-hidden
By Steve Faulkner.
“Latest Update: The state of hidden content support in 2016…”
+07: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
Wireframing for Beginners
By Leon Barnard.
“Wireframing is an essential skill for UX Designers and other
experience design participants…”
By Rakesh Paladugula.
“aria-valuenow property is used while developing range widgets…”
By Hugo Giraudel.
components is that it often means making them inaccessible. It is a
that’s a fallacy…”
By Christian Heilmann.
easy-to-use and flexible solutions for the web to not use it…”
Is it Accessible?
By Scott O’Hara.
By Unfettered Thoughts.
“…Everything has it’s place. Maybe I am just lazy, but I would
rather take what the platform gives me and then enhance for
functionality, compatibility, or accessibility…”
Progressive Enhancement Isn’t Dead, But it Smells Funny
By Nolan Lawson.
“Progressive enhancement is a touchy subject. It can be hard to
discuss dispassionately because, like accessibility, it’s often framed
as an issue of empathy and compassion…”
By Aaron Gustafson.
“Last week, my colleague, Nolan Lawson, wrote a lengthy post about his
struggles with progressive enhancement…”
Web Development Has Two Flavors of Graceful Degradation
By Laurie Voss.
“Nolan Lawson has written a great piece about progressive enhancement
that brings up some fascinating points…”
By Jeremy Keith.
“…We’ve made the mistake in the past of framing problems as
‘either/or’, when in fact, the correct solution was ‘both!’… We
don’t have to choose. It might take more work, but we can have our web
cake and eat it. The false dichotomy that I’m most concerned about is
the pernicious idea that offline functionality is somehow in
opposition to progressive enhancement. Given the design of service
workers, I find this proposition baffling…”
By Mat Marquis.
for Web Designers, available now from A Book Apart…”
Journey Mapping in Real Life: a Survey of UX Practioners
By Kate Williamson.
“Successful journey maps need to be focused on a clear business goal,
well communicated in the organization, and truthful to user needs.”
Consistency in the Omnichannel Experience
By Kim Flaherty.
“A consistent user experience, regardless of platform, is one of the 5
key components of a successful omnichannel user experience.
Consistency across channels builds trust with customers.”
Why Formatted Data Fields Always Need Input Masks
By UX Movement.
“In the world of forms, there are two types of data input found on
SVG and Media Queries
By Jake Archibald.
“One of the great things about SVG is you can use media queries to add
responsiveness to images…”
SVG Filter Effects-3 Simple Filter Primitives
By Steven Bradley.
“…Today I want to cover two primitives I’ve shown you already,
feGaussianBur and feOffset, but in more detail than I’ve offered to
[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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