+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE. - Volume 8, Issue 01, July 1, 2009. An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design and development. ++ISSUE 01 CONTENTS. SECTION ONE: New references. What's new at the Web Design Reference site? http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/webdesign/ New links in these categories: 01: ACCESSIBILITY. 02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS. 03: EVALUATION & TESTING. 04: EVENTS. 05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE. 06: JAVASCRIPT. 07: MISCELLANEOUS. 08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS. 09: USABILITY. 10: XML. SECTION TWO: 11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site? [Contents ends.] ++ SECTION ONE: New references. +01: ACCESSIBILITY. Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization By Web Accessibility Initiative. This document has been updated. "It covers the social, technical, financial, and legal and policy factors in the business case for Web accessibility. Each section presents different aspects of Web accessibility along with guidance on developing a customized business case." http://www.w3.org/WAI/bcase/Overview.html Recent updates details: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2009AprJun/0146.html ITU-T Accessibility Resource By International Telecommunication Union. "A new portal bringing together many standardization resources on accessibility has been launched." http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/accessibility/index.html UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People - Article 9: Accessibility "To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. These measures, which shall include the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility, shall apply to, inter alia..." http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=269 Table of Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and People with Disabilities By W3C. This page contains information from the 'Shared Web Experiences' document in an alternative table format. Please see the main page, Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and People with Disabilities, for an introduction to this information. http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/experiences-table Transcribe Your Podcasts By Christopher Schmitt. "...With a transcription, you gain so much: improve search results, accessible content, browser-agnostic content. For the price of some decent hardware, you get to move your content to more eyes-not just ears. If you aren't willing to put down the money do that, then why are you publishing in the first place?" http://www.christopherschmitt.com/2009/06/26/transcribe-your-podcasts/ +02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS. CSS Cascade - A Simple Step-by-Step Presentation By Russ Weakley. "Here is a presentation I gave on the CSS cascade at a company training session recently. A simple step-by-step tutorial on the CSS cascade - for web designers and developers who are new to CSS or have struggled with the Cascade..." http://www.maxdesign.com.au/2009/06/30/css-cascade/ A Primer on the CSS Font Shorthand Property By Impressive Webs. "...In this article I'll describe how the css font shorthand property is used, how it can be misused, and what potential drawbacks there might be to including it in your CSS code..." http://tinyurl.com/nmombx +03: EVALUATION & TESTING. Top Six Don'ts for Usability Testing By Jeff Sexton. "1. Never ask, 'What do you think about this?' 2. Don't feed the tester your question. 3. Don't let users be the designers. 4. Don't let the statistics fool you. 5. Don't get discouraged. 6. Don't try to test too much at once." http://tinyurl.com/l7w63f +04: EVENTS. WebAIM Training September 30-October 1 Logan, Utah, U.S.A. http://www.webaim.org/training/ +05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE. The 7 Wonders of Wireframes By Paul Boag. "Quick, hand drawn wireframes can provide substantial benefits that will save you time and money..." http://boagworld.com/design/the-7-wonders-of-wireframes +06: JAVASCRIPT. The Evolution of Client-Side Scripting By Bobby van der Sluis. "An overview of all major browser scripting engine innovations and new DOM APIs that have recently arrived or will hopefully come our way soon..." http://www.bobbyvandersluis.com/articles/clientside_scripting/ +07: MISCELLANEOUS. Does Multitasking Kill Your Focus and Productivity? By Alyssa Gregory. "I like to think of myself as the master of multitasking..." http://tinyurl.com/le3yyu +08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS. Introducing The Open Web Education Alliance By Aarron Walter. "The W3C recently announced an exciting new incubator group - The Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA) - that is certain to have a significant impact on helping web standards and best practices find their way into classrooms around the world..." http://tinyurl.com/m3e384 5 Doctor By Rich Clark, Bruce Lawson, Jack Osborne, Mike Robinson, Remy Sharp and Tom Leadbetter. "...We will publish articles relating to HTML5 and it's semantics and how to use them, here and now. We will also be inviting questions, in the form of 'Ask the doctor' to help answer people's queries and questions. Answers will be posted in the form of articles for all to learn from..." http://html5doctor.com/ HTML5 Video Fallbacks with Markup By Christopher Blizzard. "In a previous post on this blog we talked about using JavaScript to create video elements on the fly. While that was a good use case for the Mozilla's support site in this post we offer another set of methods that will likely find more use on the web. In fact you can see it in use on Mozilla's What's New in Firefox 3.5 video, this blog and we're starting to see pickup on the web as a whole..." http://hacks.mozilla.org/2009/06/html5-video-fallbacks-markup/ HTML 5 Accessibility By Steve Faulkner. Steve's Standards.Next presentation slides. http://www.slideshare.net/stevefaulkner/html-5-accessibility HTML5 and XHTML2 By Michael(tm) Smith. Mike's Web Directions presentation slides. http://www.slideshare.net/sideshowbarker/html5-and-xhtml2 Concerning Flash and HTML5 By Ben Ward. "Earlier today I took a certain amount of pleasure ripping into Jon DowdellĠs disingenuous Adobe on HTML5 post from last week. However, I happen to think that there are some useful points to be made about the relationship between Flash and HTML5, and how one affects the other..." http://benward.me/blog/flash-and-html5 A Selection of Supported Features in HTML5 By Molly E. Holzschlag. "This information is provided as is, please know that HTML5 is a rapidly evolving specification and this refers only to these specific features in current versions of Web browsers (Chrome 1, Firefox 3, IE8, Opera 9.64, Safari 4.0) unless otherwise noted." http://molly.com/html5/html5-0709.html Codecs HTML 5 By Tristan Nitot. "Ian Hickson Hixie, who wrote the HTML 5 specification reviews the codecs for the audio and video In essence, the HTML 5 recommendation does not require a particular codec, because it is impossible to reach agreement with stakeholders. Hixie explains the position of each..." http://standblog.org/blog/post/2009/06/30/Les-codecs-de-HTML-5 +09: USABILITY. What Intranet Content Should be in PDF Format? By Alex Manchester. "...HTML is designed to be read on screen, while PDFs are really designed to be printed out...One of the most popular uses for PDFs in organizations is for forms. Yet, a modern intranet should be moving away from using PDFs for this purpose, and instead using fully-developed online forms (because intranets should be places for doing things, not just finding and downloading material to be printed)..." http://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/cmb_pdfintranet/index.html +10: XML. XHTML Design Aims By W3C. "In designing XHTML 2, a number of design aims were kept in mind to help direct the design. These included..." http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/introduction.html#aims [Section one ends.] ++ SECTION TWO: +11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site? Accessibility Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/accessibility Association Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/associations Book Listings. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/books Cascading Style Sheets Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/css Color Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/color Dreamweaver Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/dreamweaver Evaluation & Testing Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/testing Event Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/events Flash Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/flash Information Architecture Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/architecture JavaScript Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/javascript Miscellaneous Web Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/misc Navigation Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/navigation PHP Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/php Sites & Blogs Listing. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/sites Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/standards Tool Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/tools Typography Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/type Usability Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/usability XML Information. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/xml [Section two ends.] ++END NOTES. + SUBSCRIPTION INFO. 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