[webdev] Web Design Update: February 22, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Feb 22 06:36:16 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 35, February 22, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 35 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Bloopers Aren't Disablism; Brutality Is
By Jack Pickard.
"I think that a lot of non-disabled people are frightened by the
language of disability. They're worried about saying the wrong thing:
using the term 'handicapped' rather than 'person with a disability',
worrying whether they will cause offense if they say 'see you later' to
a blind person and so on..."
Screen Readers and Abbreviations
By Jon Gibbins.
"...So, in fact, it actually doesn't matter one way or another which
element you use. Since, an acronym is a form of abbreviation and screen
readers don't seem to pay any attention to which element you use in
your markup, I don't use acronym at all any more..."
Raising the Standard
PAS 78 is set to become a full British Standards Institute (BSi)
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Attribute Selectors in CSS
By Virginia DeBolt.
"HTML elements can have attributes. For example, an A element can have
an HREF attribute. An IMG element can have a TITLE attribute. Using
attribute selectors in CSS provides an additional way to hang styles on
very specific elements..."
A Command of Headings: Usage and Styling
By Mike Cherim.
"I command thee, headings. Do not defy me as I am the all-powerful web
developer. I am your master for I wield a style sheet with which I can
make you mine..."
Create Resizing Thumbnails Using Overflow Property
By Alen Grakalic.
"This tutorial is aimed at controlling the size of the thumbnails
appearing on your page. Sometimes we don't have enough space to spare
to fit in large thumbnails and yet we would like to avoid small and
barely recognizable images. Using this trick we limit the default
dimensions of the thumb, and show it in full size when user mouse-overs
CSS Specificity, The Battle for Dominance
By Niels Matthijs.
"css is built around the struggle for dominance. The whole concept of
css is constructed around cascading, better known to most people as the
waterfall principle. While many people understand this principle, the
exact details of the way css is applied in real life are usually a bit
fuzzy. So no better time than the present to freshen up on css and the
specificity of css selectors..."
New Dreamweaver CS3 Video Tutorial
By Stefan Mischook.
"...This video targets people new to Dreamweaver and people new to web
Website User Experience and CSS Workshop
March 31-April 1, 2008 in Canberra, Australia.
April 3-4, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
April 28-29, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.
May 1-2, 2008 in Brisbane, Australia.
March 26, 2008.
London, United Kingdom.
April 14, 2008.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
php|tek 2008: Chicago
May 20-23, 2008.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
The Web and Beyond 2008: Mobility
May 22, 2008.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beware of id and name attribute mixups when using getElementById in
By Roger Johansson.
I recently ran into this problem myself and pulled my hair in
frustration before a coworker hinted at the solution I think it's worth
How to Say 'Your Site Sucks' Nicely
By Peter J. Meyers.
"No matter what your area of expertise, there comes a time in every web
developers life when you have to tell a client that their site, to put
it plainly, sucks. I'm all for honestly, but in 11 years of working
with clients on internet projects, I've found out the hard way that the
direct approach isn't always the best..."
The Trouble With Web 2.0
By Alexander Wilms.
"Today, there is a lot of buzz around a number of topics labeled as
'Web 2.0'. Consultants jump on the "Web 2.0" bandwagon and IT vendors
desperately struggle to add 'Web 2.0' features to their products. But
the term is still unclear and nobody has a good definition of what 'Web
2.0' is and what it is not. The term was originally coined by Tim
O'Reilly in an article describing the changes in business processes and
models that have been triggered by new and creative combinations of
already existing technologies..."
What Is Your Mental Model?
By Chris Baum.
"An Interview With Indi Young..."
By Adrian Rayfield.
"Skip links are internal links or local targets placed in an (X)HTML
page to enable people to skip over repetitive elements such as links.
Who can use these? Anyone can use them but they are normally used to
assist disabled users..."
PHP Sessions Video Tutorials - Part 1
By Stefan Mischook.
"I've just released a new beginners video tutorial that introduces
people to PHP sessions..."
PHP Sessions Video Tutorials - Part 2
By Stefan Mischook.
"In this video, I get into practical examples where we see basic PHP
sessions in action."
PHP Sessions Video Tutorials - Part 3
By Stefan Mischook.
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Web Standards Born in 'Flame Wars' Due to Lack of Leadership
By Stephen Bell Wellington.
"...There is no visible strong driver for the effort, whether it's
called standards or good practice, she [Holzschlag] says; '[web
founder] Tim Berners-Lee is brilliant, but he's not a leader.'..."
They Shoot Browsers, Don't They?
By Jeremy Keith.
"IE8's version targeting will allowing Microsoft to reach new heights
of standards compliance where CSS and (especially) scripting are
concerned. But to benefit from it, developers must explicitly opt in.
That's just not right, says Jeremy Keith."
Version Targeting: Threat or Menace?
By Jeffrey Zeldman.
"Version targeting shakes our browser-agnostic faith. Its default
behavior runs counter to our expectations, and seems wrong. Yet to
offer true DOM support without bringing JScript-authored sites to their
knees, version targeting must work the way Microsoft proposes, argues
Thoughts on Browser Version Targeting
By Richard Rutter.
"So the battle for hearts and minds continues as A List Apart publishes
its third and fourth articles on Microsoft's proposed version targeting
for IE8 and beyond. That's four articles on the same subject, so it
must be important right? It is important, but the issue is also pretty
By Eric A. Meyer.
"...Sometimes what binds us is strong enough that the few differences
seem sharper by comparison. That shouldn't keep us from remembering
what we have in common, and the importance of that commonality."
All These Years, I've Been Using the Site Element Incorrectly
By Mark Pilgrim.
"...spec editors are now officially allowed to perform marriage
Losing My Religion
By Brian Kelly.
"...It's not longer just a question of passively accepting the vision
of the standards developers, I'm afraid. And if you don't believe me,
tell me -do you think the future lies in W3C's XHTML 2 standard (July
2006 draft) or W3C's HTML 5 standard (hmm, latest draft came out on 11
February 2008)? If there's a schism within W3C and W3C Consortium
Members such as Microsoft, Sun, Opera and Google, which sect will you
follow? Or do you feel the need to avoid the religious wars and join
Are Lists Becoming the New Tables?
By Mike Cherim.
"Misusing specific elements in a way not intended, especially for
presentational purposes, while creative and admirable on many levels,
simply isn't right. It happened to tables, and now it seems to be
happening to lists..."
Designing With Web Standards Video for Molly Holzschlag
By Patrick H. Lauke.
"my small contribution to molly holzschlag's presentation "why web
standards aren't" at this year's webstock.."
'helvetica, arial', Not 'arial, helvetica'
By Jens Meiert.
"Unless Arial really is your standard font, please use the order
helvetica, arial in your CSS font declarations, not the popular arial,
helvetica. Why? Because Arial basically still means kind of a copy of
Helvetica, and Helvetica is ubiquitous or popular enough so that one
can actually reference it..."
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Application usability is enhanced when (a) users know how to operate
the UI and (b) the UI guides them through the workflow. Violating
common guidelines prevents both."
Am I Too Slow?
By Matthew Smith.
"Matthew's article tells how the accessibility and usability of web
content may be impacted by speed issues from various causes. The
article goes on to explain how speed may be measured or estimated and
how the various causes may be addressed."
E.T. and his iPhone
By Oliver Reichenstein.
"...To understand interaction design, you need to practice it."
Usability in Open Source Software
By Celeste Lyn Paul.
"Open source is a software licensing philosophy which believes the
human readable code source of a software should be available for the
public to freely install, modify, or redistribute. The term 'open
source' can also refer to the community and development practices of
thousands of free/libre/open source software (FLOSS) projects who
subscribe to this philosophy and license their software under one of
the many available software licenses."
What Is Usability?
By Peter J. Meyers.
"I've been working on some of my marketing materials and put together
this short, introductory blurb about usability. I'd love to get
feedback on it: 'Remember how technology was supposed to make our lives
easier? These days, it seems like we spend more time trying to figure
out our gadgets than we save using them. Even recently, modern
technology was rarely designed for the people who use it. Fortunately,
designers and engineers are finally beginning to understand the need to
focus on the human element. Usability is, simply put, the science of
making technology work for people'..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+12: 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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