+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
– Volume 17, Issue 42, April 11, 2019.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 42 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What’s new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
05: EVALUATION & TESTING.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Accessibility for Vestibular Disorders: How My Temporary Disability
Changed My Perspective
By Facundo Corradini.
“Every time I encountered [parallax effects], I would put the bucket
beside me to good use and be forced to lie in bed for hours as I felt
the room spinning around me…”
1.4.13: Content on Hover or Focus
By Rakesh Paladugula.
“…People with low vision who depends on magnifier, those who have the
habit of using large cursor benefit from this success criterion.
Similarly people with low vision and cognitive challenges who need
more time to identify the additional content on the screen benefit
from this success criterion…”
WCAG 2.1 in 7 Perspectives
By Cindy McCourt.
“…Making a website accessible isn’t just about code. It calls for a
high degree of awareness each time content is added. Maintenance and
auditing processes are essential to ensuring accessibility…”
Accessibility Lessons: Dealing with a Large Amount of Form Inputs
By Andy Sellick.
“…Finding one checkbox among hundreds isn’t a problem only for people
using a screen reader-it can be difficult for all of us…Although the
autocomplete looked like the better option, in the end a small change
to our original component suited our needs better…Although we’d spent
a lot of time integrating the autocomplete into our finders, it wasn’t
the best solution to our problem…”
How You Can Allow Other People to Add Captions to Your YouTube Videos
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
“…Community contributions help you reach a wider audience through
captions and translations, without the cost of third-party captioning
10 Website Accessibility Myths Debunked
By Rebecca Sentance.
“…a lot of myths and misunderstandings persist about what exactly
constitutes web accessibility, how necessary it is for individual
businesses, the benefits and how easy it is to carry out…”
Making the Web More Accessible Using Machine Learning
By Laura Johnson.
“…Artificial intelligence and the advancements that machine learning
affords have massive potential in the accessibility arena. Of course,
there’s still a lot of research to be done, but the possibilities have
a great deal of potential and need to be explored…”
View at Medium.com
Top Tips for Publishing Accessible Written Content (Video)
By Sarah Florence.
April 4, 2019 Webinar and slides.
Takeaways from 2019 Digital Accessibility Trends with Tim Springer,
Founder of Level Access
By Deborah Edwards-Onoro.
“…Here are my notes from his talk…”
What the WebAIM Million Analysis Says About the Web You’re Building
“Spoilers: Not good things…”
Caption10: Part 8, Voice (Video)
By Meryl K. Evans.
“…the eighth rule of the #Caption10 series on how to create great
captions is voice…”
Legal Battle Over Captioning Continues
By Lindsay McKenzie.
“A legal dispute over video captions continues after court rejects
requests by MIT and Harvard University to dismiss lawsuits accusing
them of discriminating against deaf people…”
Four-Year Court Battle Between Deaf Advocates and Harvard Over Closed
Captioning of Videos Proceeds to Discovery With Some Limitations
By Kristina M. Launey & Minh N. Vu.
“Four years and two motions to dismiss based on the pleadings later,
the National Association of the Deaf’s (NAD) online video captioning
lawsuit against Harvard is moving forward to fact discovery…”
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Designing Button Focus States for Better Usability
By Elizabeth Schafer.
“…buttons have more than one state. The default state we just created
looks good so far, but we need to make sure that it also looks
noticeably different when it’s focused…”
State of the Web: CSS Standardization (Video)
By Rick Viscomi.
“In this episode of the State of the Web, Rick Viscomi and Jen Simmons
(CSS Working Group, Mozilla) discuss the process of CSS
standardization and the evolution of how developers style the web…”
Digging Into The Display Property: The Two Values of Display
By Rachel Andrew.
“We talk a lot about Flexbox and CSS Grid Layout, but these layout
methods are essentially values of the CSS display property, a
workhorse of a property that doesn’t get a lot of attention. Rachel
Andrew takes a better look in a short series…”
Managing Z-Index In A Component-Based Web Application
By Pavel Pomerantsev.
“The z-index property, despite all that’s written about it, is still
widely misunderstood and mishandled. Stacking issues in a complex
single-page web application can become a major pain. Adhering to some
principles, however, we can easily avoid these issues…”
Print Styling, the 3 Basics
By Jens Oliver Meiert.
“Running start. Pretty much every website should have a usable print view…”
Grids All The Way Down
By Rachel Andrew.
Rachel’s April 2019 presentation materials from Frontend NE in
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Color Accessibility: Tools and Resources to Help You Design Inclusive Products
By Stéphanie Walter.
“…all the resources, tips and tools I regularly use to build and check
the color accessibility of my products in one place. Enjoy…”
Better Instructions for Your Drupal Content Types
By Cindy McCourt.
“…Not all forms are self-explanatory. Not all field purposes can be
easily deduced. Drupal provides several options for providing guidance
to your content authors, each with their own pros and cons…”
+05: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Should Usability Testers be Certified?
By Rolf Molich.
“…The real-world data I have shows that the practices of many
professional usability testers need review, formalization, and a
general tightening up. Since the teams I studied were professional, I
suggest that everyone can benefit from having their practices
My Web Accessibility Testing Process
By Lindsey Kopacz.
“…My web accessibility testing process begins before I even start writing code…”
Common AI and Ethics Challenges and How to Solve Them
April 12, 2019.
Accessibility in Voice Experiences
April 18, 2019.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Evaluating Organizational Readiness for Accessibility
April 18, 2019.
Accessibility Camp Seattle
May 18, 2019.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Web Accessibility Summit
May 29, 2019.
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.
June 6-7, 2019.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
2019 Trends in Video Accessibility
June 13, 2019.
Stop Using So Many divs! An Intro to Semantic HTML
By Ken Bellows.
sure it’ll look the way you intend by the time you’re done styling it.
But it has some big problems…”
By Steve Faulkner.
“Collaboration with CA on mapping of HTML features Aural UI and how
these features are conveyed to users of AT…”
HTML, CSS, and the Path to Accessible Web Design
By Jennifer Riggins.
“…when you consider the massive scale some websites can reach these
days, maybe it’s good to go back to the basics to make sure everyone
can access everything we build…”
Native Image Lazy-Loading for the Web!
By Addy Osmani.
“In this post, we’ll look at the new loading attribute which brings
native and lazy-loading to the web…”
Enforcing Accessibility Best Practices with Automatically-Generated ids
By Brad Frost.
“…What this means is that it’s impossible for users of the design
system to omit an important attribute and accidentally create an
inaccessible experience. This technique works well for any component
that needs to create an association between two or more ids…”
By Netsparker Security Team.
“The topic of this white paper is an example of how to deobfuscate
You Probably Don’t Need that Hip Web Framework
By Owen Williams.
“I’ve discovered how many others have felt similarly, overwhelmed by
the choices we have as modern developers, always feeling like there’s
something we should be doing better.”
The Girl on the Train
By Erynn Brook.
“I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself
a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story about something that
happened last night, in the hopes that I can process my feelings
W3C Doesn’t Help Its Invited Experts. It Should.
By Tobie Langel.
“Software foundations have increasingly started helping non-corporate
backed contributors with travel expenses. W3C has been lagging way
behind. Until last year, ‘invited experts’ – W3C jargon for individual
contributors-even had to pay to attend the technical conference in
which they come work for free. It’s time for change…”
View at Medium.com
HTML5 Landmarks Exposed
By Scott O’Hara.
“Landmarks can serve as important guideposts to a web document. They
allow people using screen readers, as well as those with certain
browser plug-ins, to be able to quickly navigate to important areas of
Common Accessibility Issue: Moving to a Page Section Without Shifting
By Christian Heilmann.
“…we can really make it hard for keyboard and screenreader users when
we forget to set the focus to the element we scrolled to. Just because
it is in the viewport, doesn’t mean the keyboard focus moved there…”
Journey Mapping: 9 Frequently Asked Questions
By Alita Joyce and Kate Kaplan.
“Journey maps are useful for building common ground in an
organization, but practitioners often have questions and
misunderstandings about their scope and how to create them.”
Down the Font Legibility Rabbit Hole (Hat tip to Jim Allan)
By Peter Vermaercke.
“While working on a recent project I was struggling with optimizing
the readability of the content in the interface. The product is a
safety-critical interface used in aviation with lots of codes in small
sizes. Good readability is crucial to make sure the users can do their
job well and with as little fatigue as possible…”
View at Medium.com
By United States Web Design System.
“A strong, neutral typeface for text or display.” (free and open source)
Privacy UX: Common Concerns And Privacy In Web Forms
By Vitaly Friedman.
“Web interfaces have become quite a character, haven’t they?
Self-indulgent, impolite, disrespectful and obsessed with user’s data.
In this series of articles, we’re looking into privacy UX patterns in
order to to make our interfaces better without leaving conversion
Is Aggressive Marketing Influencing the UX of AI Agents? (Video)
By Jakob Nielsen.
“Jakob Nielsen answers the question of how users’ perception of
artificial intelligence products and their user experience may be
impacted by the way these services are promoted by vendors.”
[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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