[webdev] Web Design Update: January 11, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Jan 11 06:21:47 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 29, January 11, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 29 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
10: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Section 504 vs. Section 508
By Wayne Dick.
"If you are at a University or any other agency that receives US
Federal funding then you are subject to section 504 regarding all
services at your institution including your technology. Section 504
does not address accessibility in detail like 508 does, but it is far
more demanding. Recently four California State Universities have been
audited by the Office for Civil Rights regarding accessibility of
instructional materials, paper and electronically based - including the
Web. The key finding was this: We must provide equally effective
access. This means that access must be equal regarding timeliness,
quality and availability. Specifically that means that if a resource is
available 24/7 for individuals without disabilities then it must be
available 24/7 for individuals with disabilities. Also the quality of
the reading experience must be equal. If the user without a disability
has a usable table of contents then the user with a disability must
have a usable table of contents..."
National Federation of the Blind Lawsuit Addressing Web Accessibility
By National Federation of the Blind.
"The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied
Target Corporation's petition for an interlocutory appeal of the
District Court's order granting class action certification to a lawsuit
filed against the retailer by the National Federation of the Blind for
Target's failure and refusal to make its Web site fully accessible to
blind shoppers. As a result, the suit will proceed against Target on
behalf of all blind Americans, as well as for a subclass of all blind
Hiding Content for Screen Reader Users
By Mike Cherim.
"...Please bear in mind, I'm not disagreeing with Mel, not one bit, and
what she offered about the 'experienced JAWS user' is invaluable. I
have had this draft started for a while and when I read that it really
inspired me to continue this article but in a more refined way so as to
emphasize the fact (as I know it) that this can be useful but only if
done with care. To reiterate..."
PDF - ISO Standard
By Stephen Partridge.
"At a recent meeting, the International Organization for
Standardisation (ISO) voted to approve Adobe's PDF as an international
document format standard..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Coming Soon: Changes to the CSS Working Group?
By Kevin Yank.
"In a previous post I reported on the crisis within the web standards
community, and in particular the controversy surrounding the W3C CSS
Working Group. It seems the criticism leveled by Andy Clarke and others
has not fallen on deaf ears, because a movement for change is now being
led from within the Working Group..."
How to Create Sublime Colours
By Professor Odd Fellow.
"What colour is so awe-inspiring, so out-of-this-world that it elevates
viewers to new heights of wonderment?..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Always Crashing In The Same Car: Recurring Misuses Of Higher Education
Web Sites - The User Feedback Myth
By Rose Pruyne.
"...Think about it. If you were overseeing the construction a classroom
building, would you conduct focus groups and surveys to determine what
materials should be used, where the doors and stairways should go, how
strong the load-bearing walls should be? No? You would rely on
qualified architects? Then why on earth would you open the door for
individuals who have no understanding of how the Web works to step in
and have a direct hand in your site design?..."
Future of Web Apps Miami 08
February 28- March 1, 2008.
Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Web App Summit 2008
March 26, 2008.
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Accessible Flash Banner Ad Guidelines
By Henny Swan.
"Here are a few of our top tips for producing accessible Flash banner
adverts. I've also included information about testing, compliance with
WCAG, navigating Flash using Jaws and WindowEyes and some additional
An Attempt for a More Accessible Edit-In-Place Solution
By Chris Heilmann.
"Today I will try to find a more accessible way to provide an
edit-in-place script. The solution described here is probably not ready
for real life yet, please test it in different environments and provide
fixes. It is licence with creative commons share-alike, so go nuts!..."
By James Payne.
this tutorial we will go over some of the errors that can occur and how
to deal with them. I know, I know: how can any of your programs
you can blame that on the good folks that create the various browsers."
Improving Your Process: Boosting Productivity
By Jonathan Christopher.
"...In a more general sense of the term, I've got some tips that I try
to constantly keep in mind, regardless of the small changes in my
Kimberly Blessing Interview
By Christopher Schmitt.
"If you haven't heard the name Kimberly Blessing, which is indeed a
failing, you might have heard of some of her work..."
10 PHP Myths Dispelled
By Jaybill McCarthy.
"...here's my list..."
Mastering Regular Expressions in PHP, Part 1
By Martin Streicher.
"Perl may be regex king, but PHP can slice and dice input quickly,
Sorting 2D-arrays in PHP - Anecdotes and Reflections
"One of the many problems with PHP that detractors are eager to point
out is the fact that the language has thousands of global functions.
Without the awesome CHM version of the PHP manual - finding your way in
this jungle would be a mess. Simply finding a function like
array_multisort is not trivial. And even if you find it, understanding
it completely is not trivial either!..."
The Switch Statement and Arrays
By James Payne.
"n our last exciting adventure (back in early November), we braved
crocodiles, ravenous editors, most of the PHP statements, and beginning
loops. In this edition we'll cover the final statement, the Switch, and
discuss arrays. So sit back, order your R2D2 robot to bring you a cold,
frosty Jolt Cola, and let's get cracking..."
By Justin Laing.
"Here's the problem. Say you're comparing two floating point numbers a
(71.00) and b (71.00) to see if they are the same. The problem is if
you've done any calculations to arrive at these numbers they might
actually be stored as 71.00000000001. Now if one of them is stored that
way and the other isn't and you compare the two to see if they are
equal you'll get a FALSE as the response, even though they should be
+10: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Netscape Navigator Goes Quietly Into the Night
By Kevin Yank.
"On New Year's Eve, the news went out from AOL that the long life of
the Netscape Browser was coming to an end..."
10 Best Intranets of 2008
"Consistent design and integrated IA are becoming standard on good
intranets. This year's winners focused on productivity tools, employee
self-service, access to knowledgeable people (as opposed to 'knowledge
management'), and better-presented company news."
8 Design Mistakes to Avoid with Account Sign-in
By "Jared M. Spool.
"...Here are 8 common design mistakes we often see as we watch users
try to create accounts and sign into the site..."
The First Corporation was Built on Content
By Gerry McGovern.
"...A website that cannot identify real tasks and make those tasks
easier and faster has no purpose because it delivers no value. Richard
Sears might start off on a low salary, but within a year he would be
the highest paid on the team. He would have proven how his words made
the sale, delivered the service and built the brand."
Reflections of an Interface Designer
By Kevin Hale.
"Going into our 3rd year, I am amazed at the number of interface
challenges Wufoo's created for me..."
The Design Goals of XML
By Rick Jelliffe.
"One of the really neat things about the XML specification is not just
that it makes its design goals explicit (I gave a twist to this idea in
the Schematron standard by mentioning various non-goals too) but that
the goals were really well chosen."
XHTML Access Module
"The XHTML2 Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft
of XHTML Access Module. This document is intended to help make
XHTML-family markup languages more effective at supporting the needs of
the accessibility community. It does so by providing a generic
mechanism for defining the relationship between document components and
well-known accessibility taxonomies."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+13: 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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