[webdev] Web Design Update: April 6, 2007
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Apr 6 06:30:01 CDT 2007
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 5, Issue 42, April 6, 2007.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++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.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Amazon.com and National Federation of the Blind Join Forces to Develop
and Promote Web Accessibility
By National Federation of the Blind.
"The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon.com announced
today that they have agreed to work together to promote and improve
technology that enables blind people to access and use the World Wide
Web. In a cooperation agreement, Amazon.com pledged its commitment to
continue improving the accessibility of its Web site platform, while
the NFB committed to contribute its expertise in Web accessibility
technologies to help further Amazon.com's efforts..."
Amazon.com to Enhance Its Accessibility
By Bruce Lawson.
"...We urge Amazon to enhance their web accessibility to all people
with disabilities, not just blind people, and to use valid, semantic
html to achieve it..."
Web Accessibility System Change: The Myths, Realities, and What We Can
Learn From Two Large Scale Efforts
By Cyndi Rowland and Heather Mariger.
"As web accessibility garners increased importance and attention, there
is greater emphasis on making system-wide, rather than individual
changes in our efforts to create a more accessible world. This is
accomplished through policy setting and implementation that places the
importance of web accessibility alongside other web considerations. In
the early years of web accessibility, individual developers made the
commitment to create accessible web content. When it became evident
that leaving accessibility up to individual developers was not
efficient, entire systems began making web accessibility a priority and
a policy. Since then, many educational institutions, states, and the
U.S. Federal government have implemented policies that require the web
be accessible to individuals with disabilities, in line with accepted
standards. The highest profile, large-scale, system change efforts
since those from the California Community Colleges and the U.S. Federal
government (i.e., Section 508) have come again from a California
educational system (The California State University system), and from a
governmental entity (the United Kingdom). Understanding the components
involved in such large-scale change may aide others in their planning
or execution of web accessibility policy."
NCDAE Tips and Tools: Principles of Accessible Design
By National Center on Disability and Access to Education.
"This fact sheet outlines 10 principles of design that, if applied,
will make web and electronic content more accessible."
By Jon Whiting.
"Jon Whiting and Aaron Anderson report on their experiences at CSUN
2007. They also provide links to the slides for their four
presentations: Accessibility Evaluation of Next-Generation Web
Applications, Internet Delivery of Real-Time Captioning, Creating
Accessible Content in OpenOffice.org, and Creating Accessible Files in
Adobe Acrobat 8."
Accessible Display: None
By Nathan Smith.
"From time to time, the necessity arises to have hidden content present
in a page. In case you don't already know, simply using CSS for
display: none on the content will not cut it, because assistive
technologies such as screen readers will treat this content as if it
does not even exist in the DOM..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Print Stylesheet - The Definitive Guide
By Trenton Moss.
"A print stylesheet formats a web page so when printed, it
automatically prints in a user-friendly format. Print stylesheets have
been around for a number of years and have been written about a lot.
Yet so few websites implement them, meaning we're left with web pages
that frustratingly don't properly print on to paper. Find out once and
for all how to make the ultimate print stylesheet..."
CSS 101: Locate and Style Web Elements with Selectors
By Tony Patton.
"In the previous installment of my Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 101
series, I discussed how to handle multiple rules for the same element.
This article covers another important CSS feature: selectors, which are
used to choose elements within a Web page for styling."
Create Styled Sidebar Boxes
By Craig Grannell.
"Craig Grannell shows how to position content on your website in the
form of sidebars, and also demonstrates how to style up page structure,
headings, paragraphs, lists and links."
Why Clearance Sometimes Needs to be Negative
By David Baron.
"At the CSS working group meeting in Oslo in August 2003, we came up
with a concept called clearance to describe the offset used to change
the position of a non-floating element that is moved by the clear CSS
property. (Previously, the clear property was defined as increasing the
margin.) At our meeting earlier this week in Mountain View, we
discussed a test case where the current rules cause very strange
behavior. The simplest form of this test case is the following..."
By Philipp Lenssen.
"1) Color shortcuts and color conversions... 2) CSS bug hunting... 3)
Media separation... 4) Center the thing... 5) Anti-aliased PNG files...
6) Quick 'n' dirty rounded box corners... 7) Opacity... 8)
Cross-browser padding... 9) CSS hacks... 10) Moving layers"
The Joy of HTML
By Virginia DeBolt.
"...Is writing standards-compliant web pages is a worthy goal? Is work
that will go anywhere, do anything and always make sense is a worthy
goal? I certainly think so. If I'm right, we have admit that
Dreamweaver's Code View is worth using, at least sometimes. We have to
admit that using CSS instead of presentational HTML is easier in
Dreamweaver if people can experience the joy of HTML."
Introducing Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
By Kenneth Berger.
"Read about the upcoming features in Dreamweaver CS3 from Kenneth
Berger, Dreamweaver product manager."
Adobe Dreamweaver Tutorials
By Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz.
List of Tutorials
Web Accessibility 2.0?
National Center on Disability and Access to Education Webcast
May 16th, 2007.
3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Web Accessibility Training with WebAIM
June 20-21, 2007.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
By Steve Faulkner.
One set of Steve Faulkner's CSUN presentation slides.
Building Accessible Web Applications
By Steve Faulkner.
A second set of Steve Faulkner's CSUN presentation slides.
Simulating Attributes Selectors in IE6
By Sandra Clark.
"Especially now that IE7 supports attribute selectors, using classes in
my HTML to reflect those items has become a real bummer. I really like
the idea of not requiring people maintaining HTML to worry about
classes. I think it makes for cleaner markup and for easier training.
around with this and actually made it work..."
By Kevin Yank.
imperfect solutions, particularly when it comes to supporting the
screen reader software that many visually impaired users rely on. These
difficulties have led many developers to give up on accessibility
Four Ways to Bypass Inertia
By Curt Cloninger.
"Sometimes we freeze up at the beginning of a project, and other times,
we feel uninspired, or just can't move past our usual patterns or our
frustration with a project's challenges. In this excerpt from the
beautiful and inspiring design book by Curt Cloninger, Hot-Wiring Your
Creative Process, the author stretches our minds and gives us four
practical techniques for greasing those rusty little creativity wheels
in our minds."
Avoiding Frustration with PHP Sessions
By Oscar Merida.
"PHP's support for sessions make adding 'state' to your web application
super easy. Bus because the illusion of state is maintained by storing
a Session ID via a user's cookies, you might find yourself losing
potentially productive hours chasing down bizarre client side bugs or
opening up a potential security hole. Here are 4 tips to help you
avoid wasting your time and securing your site..."
PHP Security Tip Number 20
By Cal Evans (editor).
"To paraphrase an American Patriot 'The price of security is eternal
vigilance'. You have to keep watch over your system but you also have
to keep learning."
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Latest Update from Molly
By Molly E. Holzschlag.
"..Here's a synopsis of the conversations and issues we discussed,
along with details as to how some of the challenges Microsoft is facing
are being prioritized and addressed..."
Hex Color Picker
"Lets you get and edit hexadecimal HTML color codes in the standard Mac
OS X color panel."
The Problem With Pixels
By Wilson Miner.
"...The principle I've been operating from recently boils down to this:
design for the first page load in an ideal environment, while allowing
for flexibility in non-ideal, unintended and user-modified
Top, Right or Left Aligned Form Labels
By Luke Wroblewski.
"...As the question of top, right, or left aligned form labels comes up
often for designers, here's a short overview of the pros and cons of
By Jess McCullin.
"The cards briefly describe 16 different methods, deliverables, and
ideas that user experience professionals can use in their practice."
[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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