[webdev] Web Design Update: October 5, 2007
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Oct 5 06:18:41 CDT 2007
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 15, October 5, 2007.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 15 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Disability Rights Advocates Case: NFB v. Target
The order from Judge Marilyn Patel.
Suit Against Target Over Access
By Kevin Kingsbury.
"A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that
Target Corp. is breaking California and federal law by making its Web
site essentially unusable for the blind..."
National Federation of the Blind vs. Target - An Important Decision
By Jim Thatcher.
"...Why is the ruling important? First, every avenue that the Target
Corporation has taken to try to defuse the case has been turned down;
the suit should move forward to be decided on the merits - the
accessibility of the Target.com web site, at the time the action was
filed (February 2006). Second, as has been suggested to me by someone
familiar with the case, the Judge let the complaint move forward based
on California laws (The Unruh Civil RIghts Act and the Disabled Persons
Act) independent of any physical store. In other words, a resident of
California, who saw themselves injured by the inaccessibility of a web
site of a U.S. company could sue that company for damages under
California law - independent of whether or not there is a related
physical store and independent of where the company is located."
Target Lawsuit Goes Ahead
By Mel Pedley.
"The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been given the go-ahead
to proceed with a class action against Target Corp. over the
inaccessibility of their web site, target.com. The NFB initially
approached Target in 2005 to try and resolve the site's problems but,
when discussions failed to reach a mutual agreement, filed a lawsuit
under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)..."
Court Ruling Says California Disabled Rights Law Applies to the Web
By Sandra Clark.
"One step forward for disability rights, another step backwards for
Target. An interesting aspect of this ruling, besides the fact that it
opens the door to a class action lawsuit, is the finding of the judge
that Web sites such as target.com are required by California law to be
Suing Companies Over Inaccessible Websites
By Christian Montoya.
"...Let's talk about suing companies over inaccessible websites..."
Accessibility Is About Minimizing Requirements
By Jesse Skinner.
"What are the minimum requirements for using the web?..."
Hearing Loss Group Says Apple Didn't Ensure the iphone Works with
Hearing Aids, Violating Disabilities Laws
By Gregg Keizer.
"A group representing people with a hearing loss filed complaints with
the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month, accusing
Apple Inc. of not making its iPhone compatible with hearing aids."
The Mother of All Color Charts
By Texas Precancel Club.
"This chart's objective is a comparison of hue names..."
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
By Chris Baker.
"There is, as Ansel Adams is supposed to have said "nothing worse than
a sharp image of a fuzzy concept". Requirements analysis is the bit of
a project in which we try to reach a coherent and complete vision of
what the finished project will be like, and ensure that we all have the
same image! It is very hard to do well and very easy to discover later
that document describing the requirements has something important
missing or some error, for all that everyone was willing to sign it off
at the time. This post examines some of the problems and suggests a
tool or two..."
Surveys - What is an Acceptable Response Rate?
By Caroline Jarrett.
"It's been a while since I ranted on about response rates on surveys.
In that article, I took the view that "2% is a terrible response rate"
and had a few reasons why and tips for doing better. Recently, I've had
a couple of challenging questions on the topic. So here goes at trying
to answer them..."
Ten Steps to Personas
By Leone Nielsen.
"Any project that uses personas does not necessarily need to follow all
10 steps as long as the responsible party knows the consequences of
skipping a step."
+04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
Information Design of the New Web
By Melissa Kris.
"People are changing the way that they consume online information, as
well as their expectations about its delivery. The social nature of the
Web brings with it an expectation of interaction with information and
modern Web design is reflecting that. There are now alternate forms of
navigation including the ability to browse by user, tag clouds, tabbed
navigation etc. Advances in technology along with these shifts in user
expectations are affecting the way that information is laid out on a
web page. Today's websites are aiming for intuitive and usable
interfaces which are continuously evolving in response to user needs.
Website designers are approaching information design differently and
designing simple, interactive websites which incorporate advancements
in Web interface design, current Web philosophies, and user needs.
Information design for the New Web is simple, it is social, and it
embraces alternate forms of navigation."
Building Block Definitions (Containers)
By Joe Lamantia.
"Joe Lamantia dives deep into the components of the building block
system. Each has a place in his design framework for dashboards and
portals. Get full coverage on how you too can use these same elements
in your work."
AJAX, Accessibility and the User
By Henny Swan.
"Early in September I presented at the Irish Design for All
e-Accessibility Network on accessibility and AJAX. It was a great
opportunity to meet people and discuss issues as well as a chance to
listen to presentations given by Steve Faulkner from The Paciello
Group, Joshua O'Connor from National Council for the Blind of Ireland
and Des Traynor from iQcontent. I was going to forward the presentation
to the delegates and thought I may as well also post it here as well.
Read the presentation on screen or get the full text transcript here..."
Interviews: Roger Johansson
By Gene Crawford.
"This is the first in a series of interviews that we'll be doing.
Focused on design and web professionals, hopefully this will serve as
an educational and informative insight into how people work, what
inspires them and how they got where they are. We'll start off with
Roger Johansson, of www.456bereastreet.com, web standards and usability
Opinions Seem to Change Once You're Hired by a Large Company
By Robert Nyman.
"I would sincerely like to give these people an advice: Step back. Get
some perspective. Try to see it from another person's or company's
opinion. Another angle. Get some distance. If you don't, your
credibility and the value of your work will soon diminish. So, are you
with us 'ordinary' people or against us?..."
CSS Sprite Generator
By Ed Eliot and Stuart Colville.
An automated Generator for CSS Sprites. Upload a zip of graphics and it
will spit out a single image and a block of CSS.
Seven Usability Guidelines for Websites on Mobile Devices
By Abid Warsi.
"Usability and page design for websites on mobile devices is very
different to that on PCs. Webcredible has conducted research amongst
mobile phone users to uncover 7 key usability guidelines for websites
on this medium. Ensure your site adheres to these important guidelines
and watch its usability on mobile phones soar!"
Blah-Blah Text: Keep, Cut, or Kill?
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Introductory text on Web pages is usually too long, so users skip it.
But short intros can increase usability by explaining the remaining
Killer Web Content Examples
By Gerry McGovern.
"...'99 cents per download, no restrictions' is the essence of what
people want today. They want an immediate answer to the question:
What's in it for me? They want brutal, pared down content that gets to
the point immediately. Your website is not a murder mystery. It is
certainly not a place for we-we content. Short, sharp, second person
and active; that's web content. Get to the point. Then stop."
Web Form Design in the Wild, Part I
By Luke Wroblewski.
"In this week's UIEtips, we're publishing the first part of an article
written by Luke Wroblewski, a Principal Designer at Yahoo!, where he
discusses tips for improving web forms and impacting user success."
When Did People Stop Caring About Application/xhtml+xml?
By Robert Nyman.
"Remember a couple of years ago, when serving XHTML with a text/html
MIME type was the worst you could do if you were serious about your
[Section one ends.]
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+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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Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
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