[webdev] Web Design Update: January 16, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Wed Jan 16 15:49:33 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 30, January 16, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 30 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.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Accessible Can be Beautiful
By Andrew Faulkner.
"...I aim to show you examples of brilliant and accessible design, and
show that it is all a myth after all. Accessibility and design are not
mutually exclusive. They walk hand in hand..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Improving Your Process: CSS Techniques Part 2
By Jonathan Christopher.
"Nearly a year ago, I jotted down a few CSS techniques that I use day
to day. Some tips included controlling browser defaults, avoiding box
model headaches, stylesheet organization, and using a color glossary. I
find myself using many of these techniques a year later, but had some
updates that might make the lives of some a bit easier..."
By Eric Meyer.
"I've been pondering reset styles over the past few months, and come to
a bit of a shift in my thinking. Heres the result of that thinking..."
101 CSS Techniques of All Time
"CSS has fundamentally changed web design, it has provided designers
with a set of properties that can be tweaked to make various techniques
to make your pages just look right. Today we are presenting a round-up
of 101 CSS techniques designers use all the time..."
CSS Percentage Bars
By Matt Mcinerney.
"I thought of another reason for a little fun with CSS today:
Adaptive Hypermedia 2008
January 31, 2008.
Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)
February 27 - March 1, 2008.
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
PHP London Conference 08
February 29, 2008.
London, United Kingdom.
March 3-6, 2008.
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
The Future of Web Design
April 17-18, 2008.
London, United Kingdom.
Managing Experience (MX San Francisco)
April 20-22, 2008.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
May 6-9, 2008.
May 31 - June 1, 2008.
September 3-5, 2008.
Clearleft teaser page.
September 24-26, 2008.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Chris Heilmann.
"When you write tutorials and you want people to use them wherever they
are it is a good idea to offer the HTML documents as a zip for
downloading. The benefit to the end user is that they don't need to be
online to look something up (I for example have the HTML 4.01 documents
on my machine as HTML documents). The drawback is that the documents
could be outdated without the user knowing - even when they are online
while watching them..."
Using The Assignment Operator Instead Of The Equality Operator
By Peter-Paul Koch.
"The previous version of the Find Position script didn't work quite
correctly, since it often ignored the last step in position
calculations: the one from the <body> to the <html> element. Part of
the reason was that its code was too complicated..."
By Ross Harmes and Dustin Diaz.
"The adapter pattern allows you to adapt existing interfaces to classes
that would otherwise be incompatible. Objects that use this pattern can
also be called wrappers, since they wrap another object in a new
interface. There are many situations where creating adapters can
benefit both the programmers and the interface designers. Often when
designing classes, some interfaces can't be used with existing APIs.
Adapters allow you to use these classes without modifying them
directly. In this chapter we look at some of those situations and
explore the ways in which the adapter pattern can be used to join
By James Payne.
with the OnError event the Try...Catch statement and Throw to create
and learn to use them..."
Pagination Gallery: Examples And Good Practices
By Smashing Magazine.
"In body copy headlines and enumerations are usually used to present
the information as logically separated data chunks. An alternative
solution is pagination, a mechanism which provides users with
additional navigation options for browsing through single parts of the
given article. Parts of the article are usually referred to by numbers,
hints, arrows as well as 'previous' and 'next'-buttons."
Usability of Pagination Links
By Jesper Ronn-Jensen.
"In case you missed the thorough pagination gallery that was published
in November: Pagination Gallery: Examples And Good Practices...I am
missing a few important points in that article."
Exploiting PHP SELF
By Gareth Heyes.
"Eric Butera emailed me with a very interesting topic about protecting
against PHP_SELF exploits. I thought it might be a good idea to gather
a few test cases demonstrating the problem. Why PHP allows these URL's
is beyond me and it wouldn't take much work to filter out these
malicious URL's in the PHP code..."
What PHP Deployment Gets Right
By Ian Bicking.
"With the recent talk on the blogosphere about deployment (and for
Django, and lots of other posts too), people are thinking about PHP a
bit more analytically. I think people mostly get it wrong..."
+07: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
HTML 5, One Vocabulary, Two Serializations
By Karl Dubost.
"It seems not very clear for many people. So let's set the record
straight. HTML 5 can be written in html and XML...
By Feng-GUI Lab.
"Find out how people View your website or image and which areas are
getting most of the attention. The ViewFinder Heatmap service, is an
artificial intelligence service which simulates human visual attention
and creates an attention heatmap."
Choice Kills Usability
By John S. Rhodes.
" One of the easiest ways to improve usability is by focusing on just
one thing. When you present something to the user, be sure that it's
just one thing. All too often we try to hard to offer people several
Great Websites Do, Not Say
By Gerry McGovern.
"Never tell people what you're going to do for them on the Web. Just
let them do what they came to do as quickly and simply as possible."
8 More Design Mistakes with Account Sign-in
By Jared Spool.
"Designing an account registration and sign-in process that doesn't
frustrate users turns out to be very difficult to achieve. It looks
easy at the outset, but a pile of subtleties can sneak up on your
experience, making something that should be simple become stressful for
Usability and Trust
By Joe Dolson.
"Without both, it's very difficult to have a successful online
business. Unusable web sites have an incredible ability to generate a
lack of trust in the business - as soon as one feature fails to work
correctly, or doesn't behave as you expect, there's an immediate
[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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Until next time,
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
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