Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:28:27 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <email@example.com>
To: webdev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: July 20, 2017
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 16, Issue 04, July 20, 2017.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 04 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
How to Make your Site Accessible for Screen Magnifiers (Hat tip to Jim Allan)
By Daniel Göransson.
“There are around ten times as many people who use screen magnifiers
than screen readers. …”
What I’ve Learned About Motor Impairment
By James Williamson.
“…I’d like to talk about designing for motor impairments, an aspect
of accessibility that I think is often overlooked…”
By Eric W. Bailey.
“Ideas to help consider Inclusive Design principles when making things
for others to use.”
A Practical Starter Guide on Developing Accessible Websites
By Cynthia Ng and Michael Schofield.
“…few articles discuss web accessibility in more depth, and when
they do, they are typically not specific to library web services. This
article is meant to fill in this vacuum and will provide practical
best practices and code…”
Accessibility is Innovation
By Jake Araullo.
“Hardware and software accessiblity is simply this: facilitating
information exchange as intended between a system and a person…”
By Adina Halter.
“This is a collection of accessible solutions. The links take you to a
page demonstrating the fully functional widget…”
Advancing Knowledge About Accessibility at the University of Arizona
By Sofia Enamorado.
“Dawn Hunziker is the IT Accessibility Consultant for the University
of Arizona (UA). Through her fearless leadership, UA’s IT
Accessibility team has transformed the way the university as a whole
approaches accessibility. …”
OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to ‘Reorient’ Approach
By Barley Snyder.
“…Wheeler acknowledged the ‘tremendous burden’ placed on educational
institutions in web accessibility mandates. He noted the new
administration’s push for a cost-benefit analysis in regulatory review
could result in a movement away from the current standards imposed by
the prior administration…”
Lawyers Cash in on Suits Demanding ADA-Compliant Web Sites (Hat tip to
By Lisa Fickenscher.
“Retailers across the country are getting slammed for operating Web
sites that discriminate against the blind or visually impaired…”
Are You at Legal Risk… Because of Winn-Dixie? Q&A and Webinar Resources
By Kristin Heineman.
“Due to the number of thoughtful questions we received, we were unable
to answer everything during the webinar, so we’ve provided additional
answers below. For more information on this topic, you can access the
webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation…”
The ADA, Websites and the Decision in Robles v. Dominos Pizza LLC
By Baker McKenzie.
“Are website operators required to comply with the Americans with
Disabilities Act? Yes, but…”
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Custom Properties, Media Queries, And Responsive Design
By Steven Bradley.
“One thing you can do with CSS custom properties that you can’t do
with variables in preprocessors is redefine them and assign new values
inside@mediaqueries. It’s a useful ability to have and one more
reason why you’d want to work with what are effectively native CSS
Refer to the Spec: Background and Motivation
By Rachel Andrew.
“…I am taking a look at the background and motivation section, which
gives some examples of the sort of problems Grid aims to solve…”
Methods to Organize CSS
By Inessa Brown.
“Developer Ben Frain once remarked that it’s easy to write CSS code,
but it is hard to scale and support it. This article describes the set
of solutions out there to deal with this problem…”
Stop Using Resets: Visual Examples of the Practical Nonsense of Resets
By Jens Oliver Meiert.
“Reset style sheets, I’ve long had it with them: Resets, as well as
normalizers, are quite practically useless…”
What’s Next for CSS?
By Jonathan T. Neal.
“CSS Database is a comprehensive list of CSS features and their
positions in the process of becoming implemented web standards.”
Did CSS Get More Complicated Since the Late Nineties?
By Hidde de Vries.
“…Most of the early-day thinking about CSS still applies today (and
is still very much there in more recent additions to CSS specs)…”
October 18-20, 2017.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Accessibility Camp – Bay Area
October 21, 2017.
San Francisco, Califorina, U.S.A.
International PHP Conference 2017
October 23-27, 2017
aria-current Design Patterns
By Léonie Watson.
The aria-current attribute indicates the element that represents the
current item within a container or set of related elements. It is an
enumerated type attribute that takes one of a number of predefined
tokens (‘page’, ‘step’, ‘location’, ‘date’ or ‘time’), or which may be
set to ‘true’…”
Transcript: A Chat with Don Norman
By Sarah Hawk.
“…Last week we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to
interview Don in a Google Hangout. Here is a full transcript of the
session…He is here to chat with us about his seminal book on design
– and our current book club focus – the book with the masochistic
teapot cover, The Design of Everyday Things…”
Opquast Web Quality Checklist (Hat tip to Nicolas Hoffmann)
Are You Wasting Money on Periodic Website Redesign?
By Paul Boag.
“Every few years organisations undertake yet another website redesign
project. But is this the right approach or is there a better way?…”
By Raluca Budiu.
“Accordions, sequential menus, section menus and category landing
pages are popular options for implementing mobile subnavigation.”
Why Mobile Menus Belong at the Bottom of the Screen
By UX Movement.
“…A bottom menu may look unusual compared to the more familiar top
placement. But the latter ignores how the user’s thumb functions on
mobile devices. The thumb is the primary digit used to interact with
mobile devices. This means thumb function should dictate menu form…”
“Write the Web on the Web…”
Five User Requirements for Online Ads
By Therese Fessenden.
“Adhering to user expectations and usability heuristics will ensure
advertising content is delivered seamlessly and that brand image holds
UX Design Thinking From A Senior Citizen’s Perspective
By Emily Grace Adiseshiah.
“…senior citizens are still an often untapped demographic in user
experience design. If UX practitioners do not take senior citizen
users into consideration, they are alienating an entire user base and
removing them from the online experience: a no-win situation…”
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: 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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Until next time,
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009