[webdev] Web Design Update: January 3, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Jan 3 15:32:41 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 28, January 3, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 28 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
07: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
10 Common Errors When Implementing Accessibility
By Trenton Moss.
"Web developers attempting to build accessible websites often make the
same mistakes time and time again. Although they're trying their
hardest sometimes their overzealousness gets in the way and actually
hinders the accessibility of their websites..."
ADA Restoration Act of 2007
By American Association of People with Disabilities.
"The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the
largest national, nonprofit, cross-disability member organization in
the United States, dedicated to ensuring political empowerment and
economic self-sufficiency for the more than 50 million Americans with
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Best Bets for Browser Bug Bashing
By Molly E. Holzschlag.
"One of the most frustrating, time consuming and challenging aspects of
managing cross-browser rendering of CSS is dealing with bugs along with
incomplete implementations. Examining helpful resources such as
position is everything and QuirksMode, it becomes profoundly clear that
today's front end web designer and developer must be pretty adept at
dealing with this core problem..."
How to Create Drop Shadow Boxes with Minimal Markup
By Thierry Koblentz.
CUSEC 2008 Canadian University Software Engineering Conference
January 17-19, 2008.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 6-8 2008.
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
February 6-8, 2008.
Design and Emotion Conference 2008
October 6-9, 2008.
Hong Kong, China
By Colin Morris.
best achieved if it's tied closely to the back-end code that actually
performs the validation."
By Jesse Skinner.
some really cool things you can't do in many other languages..."
Let's Make 2008 the Year of Embracing the Server Side with Ajax
By Christian Heilmann.
"I am always fascinated by the amount of Ajax tutorials and examples
out there that totally ignore the backend part of an Ajax app. A lot of
that allow the client to make an HTTP request but when it comes to
talking about the proxy script needed to allow for cross-domain
requests a lot is glossed over as 'you don't need to know this, just
use this script'..."
The Life and Times of Cool
By Ron Scott.
"As a visual trend, Web 2.0 had a slightly immature look to it. But the
decline of this style has helped the design world to mature and
increase in depth...Whether knowingly or unknowingly, we have modeled
and treated the internet like our lives outside of computers - where
fads come and go, but certain things remain..."
Interview with Luke Wroblewski
"Visual organization is the deliberate prioritization of meaning within
a visual design. It's the process of applying the principles behind
perception - how we make sense of what we see - to illuminate
relationships between content and actions."
Secure and Accessible Contact Form v3
By Mike Cherim.
"I'm happy to announce the availability of version three of my GBCF-v3
Secure and Accessible Contact Form..."
Why PHP Should Never be Taught
By Ka-Ping Yee.
"Suppose A equals B, and also B equals C. Any reasonable person would
expect that A equals C, right? Oh yeah?..."
Why Should PHP Ever be Taught in School?
By John Lim.
"This posting by Ka-Ping Yee on why PHP should never be taught is
precisely why PHP should be taught. If something is popular but hard to
understand then we need an education process. To just shake our heads
and give up is simply immature (or trolling). Otherwise we might as
well say that English (or any other spoken language for that matter)
should not be taught, because spoken languages are illogical, imprecise
and therefore useless..."
+07: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The W3C Cannot Save Us
By Alex Russell.
"...Put simply, Zeldman is hurting you and only you can make it stop.
Neither the CSS WG nor the HTML 5 WG nor, indeed, any W3C working group
can define the future. They can only round off the sharp edges once the
future becomes the past and that's all we should ever expect of them.
As much as they tell us (and themselves) that they can, and as much as
they really would like to, the W3C cannot save us."
Alternative Text for Significant Images
By Joe Dolson.
"In the comments from my most recent article, 'Supporting Standards
that Support Accessibility,' a number of interesting thoughts were
raised concerning the requirement (or lack thereof) of the alt
attribute in HTML 5."
Opera vs Microsoft Reprise
By Andy Budd.
"...The issue isn't about supplying a PC to end users that doesn't come
with a browser pre-installed. That would obviously be stupid. The issue
is about allowing computer manufacturers, and by extension their end
users, to choose what browser or browsers come pre-installed. Whether
people choose to exercise that right is another matter."
Web Icon Set to be Discontinued
"Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported
after 1 February 2008, the company has said. In the mid-1990s the
browser was used by more than 90% of the web population, but numbers
have slipped to just 0.6%..."
"IE Tab is a Firefox extension that allows you to switch to a new tab
to see how a website looks in Internet Explorer. If you like to develop
websites with Firefox then this useful add-on allows you to quickly
view how your site is looking in Internet Explorer as you develop."
iPhone Test Simulator
[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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Laura L. Carlson
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University of Minnesota Duluth
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