+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 14, Issue 32, February 4, 2016.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 32 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.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
“Keyboard accessibility issues are increasing in prevalence and
significance. We have updated our keyboard accessibility article with
updated information and recommendations.”
Short Note on Improving Usability of Scrollable Regions
By Steve Faulkner.
“You can make an element scrollable using CSS overflow property,
problem is that typically the content cannot be scrolled using the
Ensure ATs Ignore Images that are Purely Decorative and Repetitive
By Dennis Lembree.
“When it comes to image accessibility, we are taught that images need
text alternatives so that those who are blind or visually impaired can
access the visual information…”
Common Accessibility Element Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
By Chris McMeeking.
“Maybe this scenario sounds familiar: You’re working on your iOS
application, dabbling with Accessibility. You know a little bit about
how to use VoiceOver and you’re taking a quick look at your app to
make sure it’s accessible. Suddenly…”
US Presidential Candidate Websites and Accessibility: Winners and Losers
By Karl Groves.
“A few weeks ago, we decided to take a poke around at some
presidential candidate’s websites. What we found was nothing short of
surprising, so we wanted to share some of what we found…”
Where Do the Candidates Stand?
By Thomas Logan.
“With the 2016 election around the corner, we wanted to investigate
the candidates’ discussions about accessibility issues. We also wanted
to look at the campaign websites themselves for a few important
What CMOs Need to Know about Web Accessibility
By Josh Amer.
“…a funny thing happens between RFP and website launch: Even those
who claim web accessibility is important lose sight of it…”
Is Your Website Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired? Plaintiffs’
Firms and Department of Justice Are Taking Notice
By Emily T. Fess, Cheryl A. Luce, Lucky Meinz, and Joseph K. Mulherin.
“For years, we have been documenting the rise in wage/hour class
action lawsuits and precautionary steps your organization may take to
mitigate the risks and liability inherent in those claims…”
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Sass – Directory Structures That Help You Maintain Your Code
By Steven Bradley.
“As projects grow larger, the need to modularize directory and file
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
The 4 Mistakes You’ll Make as a Usability Test Moderator
By David Travis.
“What are the most common mistakes that test moderators make? I’ve
observed usability tests moderated by consultants, in-house
researchers, junior user researchers and experienced practitioners and
there are some common mistakes I come across time and again. These
mistakes are like a rite of passage on the route to becoming a user
researcher, but even experienced practitioners aren’t immune from
How Your Design Team Can Utilize A/B Testing
By Ecem Keskin.
“A/B testing is a way to give users multiple variations of a design to
see which one performs better. It can be used to determine which
design elements and messaging are most effective on your audience.”
Any Research is Better Than No Research
By Sinead Cochrane.
“When thinking about product research, you shouldn’t be asking
yourself, ‘Can we afford this?’ It should be, ‘Can we afford not to do
Managing False Positives in UX Research
By Jeff Sauro.
“…The concept of a false positive comes from signal detection
theory. Correctly finding what to look for and raising the alarm is
called a hit. Not raising the alarm and letting something pass is
called a miss or a false negative. False negatives are a topic for a
Digital Accessibility in Higher and Further Education Conference 2016
April 7, 2016.
London, England, United Kingdom
WebAIM Web Accessibility Training
April 12-13, 2016.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
April 13-15, 2016.
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A.
April 15-16, 2016.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
April 20, 2016.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Mobile + Web DevCon
April 26–28, 2016.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Aural UI of the Elements of HTML
By Steve Faulkner and Leonie Watson.
“Typical support patterns of HTML elements by screen readers…”
The Final Feature set of ECMAScript 2016 (ES7)
By Axel Rauschmayer.
“We always knew that ECMAScript 2016 (ES2016) would be a small
release. It turns out that it will be very small. Read on for a list
of its features and an explanation why that is not a problem…”
Feature Watch – ECMAScript 2017
By Axel Rauschmayer.
“The feature set of ES2016 was recently finalized. This blog post
tracks what features may be included in ES2017. I will continually
The Art of the Commit
By David Demaree.
“Git and tools like GitHub offer many ways to view what has changed in
a commit. But a well-crafted commit message can save you from having
to use those tools by neatly (and succinctly) summarizing what has
Search and Navigation Interconnections
By Gerry McGovern.
“When people visit a particular page of your website and then carry
out a search from that page, it is often a sign that the page
navigation and/or content is not working well…”
Voice Interaction UX – Brave New World…Same Old Story
By Kathryn Whitenton.
“Although voice interaction is markedly different from graphical user
interfaces, classic usability principles are still critical to the
quality of the user experience.”
White Space Isn’t Just a UX Fad
By Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis.
“…white space isn’t just an aesthetic choice-it serves three
Why Desktop UX Still Has Something to Teach Mobile
By Scott Jenson.
“New technologies may usurp old ones nearly every year, but many of us
still reach for our old-school laptops. That’s no accident…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+10: 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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