[webdev] Web Design Update: August 23, 2007
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Aug 23 16:23:50 CDT 2007
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 09, August 23, 2007.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 09 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Reading and Presenting with PowerPoint If You are a Screen Reader User
By Henny Swan.
"We talk a lot about making PDF's accessible and how we should present
them on the web but rarely do we touch on making PowerPoint accessible.
As with PDF the bottom line is that if the content of the PowerPoint
can not be made accessible then an accessible alternative should be
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Running on :empty
By Eric Meyer.
"While kicking around some ideas at the CSS workshop I led in London, I
ran into some interesting problems with :empty. If you're not up on
what that one does, it's a way of selecting elements that have no
children, including text..."
"Tripoli is a generic CSS standard for HTML rendering. By resetting and
rebuilding browser standards, Tripoli forms a stable, cross-browser
rendering foundation for your web projects. I call it 'the mother of
all CSS resets'..."
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Effectively Testing Your Website in Multiple Browsers
"As a website designer you have the ability to create an attractive and
functional design. Unfortunately, you do not have the ability to
control which internet browsers will be using to view your site.
Because each browser behaves differently you will need to test your
projects in multiple browsers..."
Remote Usability Testing
By Free Usability Advice.
"What Are the Pros and Cons of Remote Usability Testing?..."
Which Design? An Introduction to Split A/B Testing
By Lisa Halabi.
"Following on from any website usability study a number of usability
problems are usually found. There can often be debate within any
organization as to the best solution for each problem, with no one
really knowing the optimal solution. Rather than letting the person
that shouts the loudest get his or her own way, a better solution can
be to test two solutions in a live environment. Whichever performs the
best is clearly the superior solution. Welcome to split A/B testing!..."
Rich Web Experience
September 6-8, 2007.
San Jose, California, U.S.A.
South By South West
March 7-11, 2008.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
2008 SXSW Interactive Panel Picker
"What panel ideas do you think are the best fit for the 2008 SXSW
Interactive Festival? Use the search options to find proposals that
interest you. Click on the specific panel title for more info and to
By Roger Johansson.
"Time for a bit of what in my opinion is Accessibility 101: input
device independency. For some reason it is common to see otherwise nice
everybody uses a mouse (or some other pointing device)..."
By David Flanagan.
"In this conclusion to a three-part series you'll learn about
serializing XML expanding HTML templates with XML data and more..."
By Kris Hadlock.
"In this article you'll learn how to prevent errors in your forms. This
method validates the form and provides immediate feedback to the user.
If the form has been correctly filled out, the submit button is
enabled, if not, the button remains grayed out..."
Deliverables That Work: Design Description Documents
By Robert Hoekman Jr.
"You know those things you're supposed to deliver to a client during a
big project - use cases, wireframes, etc.? Robert Hoekman Jr. does and
he shares the tool he uses to package them all..."
Beginner's Object Oriented PHP Tutorial - Part 1
By Stefan Mischook.
"This tutorial is designed to teach total beginners object oriented
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
By Jeffery Zeldman.
"...Maybe the W3C is the problem, or maybe the problem is that there is
standards-related activity going on outside the W3C. Depending on who
you talk to, each of the preceding clauses defines the crisis.
Certainly the W3C is political. Certainly some, perhaps more than some,
of its committees bog down in in-fighting. In pursuit of a theory, or
from lack of fresh air, committee members too often forget the user..."
The IPhone Is Internet Explorer 4 All Over Again
By Scott Gilbertson.
"...The iPhone has created a division in the mobile-optimized web which
is eerily similar to the days of IE 4 when many sites simply didn't
work in Netscape..."
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - iPhone Edition
By Aaron Gustafson.
"Since its release nearly two months ago, the iPhone has proven to be a
rather disruptive device, not only in the mobile market, but on the web
as well. With designers and developers scrambling to get a foothold in
this new market, issues have surfaced and (in many cases) tempers have
Identify That Font
"Ever seen a font you like but couldn't identify it? I once knew an Art
Director who seemed to be able to identify just about any font I showed
him. However, in recent years, even he responds with a 'I don't have a
clue'. So where to turn? Well, rather than publishing my Art Director
friend's email address here, I'll introduce a few resources to get you
started. Although none of the following resources is infallible, they
will definitely give you a head start..."
Banner Blindness, Old and New Findings
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Users rarely look at display advertisements on websites. Of the four
design elements that do attract a few ad fixations, one is unethical and
reduces the value of advertising networks."
XForms for HTML Authors, Part 1
By Steven Pemberton.
"XForms is the new markup language for forms on the Web. This document
is a quick introduction to XForms for HTML Forms authors. It shows you
how to convert existing forms to their XForms equivalent. It assumes
knowledge of HTML Forms, so is not a beginner's tutorial. Although
there is mention of additional facilities of XForms beyond those
possible in HTML Forms (marked with an asterisk on the headings), it is
not a full tutorial on all features of XForms. Part 2 deals with
additional features that are not available in HTML Forms."
XForms for HTML Authors, Part 2
By Steven Pemberton.
"This is the second part of XForms for HTML Authors. Part 1 introduced
mostly features that have some equivalent with features from HTML. This
part introduces completely new concepts that have no HTML equivalent."
[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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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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