[webdev] Web Design Update: March 14, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Mar 14 06:19:16 CDT 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 38, March 14, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 38 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
IE 8: Alt Change and Longdesc Weirdness
By Steve Faulkner.
"...IE 8 falls into line with the HTML 4.01 specification and other
major browsers in regards to not using alt attribute content as a
tooltip - good news. Then it starts to get strange 'instead the target
of the longdesc attribute is used as the tooltip if present'. So now we
have support for longdesc in IE8?? But how is that going to work...
Does the tooltip show the text content of the target file? Does it show
structure and formatting? Just when it was thought that the longdesc
had been assigned to HTML heaven by Troy McClure and those wacky HTML5
guys, Microsoft have decided to support it..."
A WCAG 2.0 Implementation Site
By Mike Cherim.
"...I was asked to make the site officially conform to the WCAG 2.0 so
it could be featured by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as an
exemplary implementation site conforming of the soon-to-be-finalized
Practical Accessibility Tips
By Mike Davies.
"One of the major benefits of working alongside world-class web
developers in Yahoo! Europe is the thought and attention to detail
applied to building websites. The combined experience and knowledge of
the team vastly exceeds that of one web developer, or a small team of
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS3 Features in IE8
By Peter Gasston.
"I'm I began writing this post in IE8*, something I didn't think I'd be
doing just a short while ago; the IE team have certainly been busy in
the last 18 months! As it's beta software there are obviously quite a
few rough edges and we can't consider it feature complete, but I
thought I'd take a look at what features of CSS 3 have made it in
already. The short answer: not many!..."
Basic Tests for IE8 Given Various Values of X-UA-Compatible
By Alex Robinson.
"Standards mode is XHTML 1.0 strict, Quirks mode has no doctype, and
Quirks mode 2 is HTML 4.0 Transitional without a URL."
Combating Classitis with Cascades and Sequential Selectors
By Rob Glazebrook.
"There is a disease out there in the CSS world. It can afflict anything
from the meanest weblog (or the nicest ones too, I suppose) to the
greatest of corporate websites. It's called Classitis, and I've
encountered it far too often in my professional work. Perhaps you've
seen it too..."
8 Premium One Line CSS Tips
By Alen Grakalic.
"The best solutions are often the simplest. Here's a list of 8 tips
that contain only one css property..."
Liquid Expandable Section With Rounded Corners Using CSS
By Antonio Lupetti.
"This tutorial explains how to design a nice liquid expandable section
with rounded corners (top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right)
Great CSS Techniques and the Simple Truth Behind Them
By Jens Meiert.
"There is a simple recipe to judge CSS techniques: Does the method in
question require HTML additions and modifications beyond introducing
certain IDs or classes?..."
Margins and Paddings, Part 4 - Solution 2
By Niels Matthijs.
"Last week we looked at a first solution concerning the margins and
paddings problem. This try-out provided some good information on the
problems we are facing when dealing with margins and paddings.
Especially IE6 was acting up in it's failure to target first-child
elements. So let's try to fix that this time around."
2008 South Carolina IT and Web Accessibility Conference
March 19, 2008.
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Don't Make Me Think: The Discount Usability Testing Workshop
April 3, 2008 in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A.
May 16, 2008 in Chicago, U.S.A.
Site Search Analytics for a Better User Experience
April 4, 2008 in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A.
May 15, 2008 in Chicago, U.S.A.
October 24-26, 2008.
Large-scale online web conference.
Higher Ground Conference
November 11-14, 2008.
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
+04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
Wireframing in a Web 2.0 World
By Richard Rutter.
"Here's the links you'll need from mine and James's wireframing
presentation at South by Southwest."
By John Resig.
"Our day has finally come. CSS coders got some love with Internet
last count, all we got were a couple new bugs to deal with (file://
requests not working via XMLHttpRequest and
<object>.getElementsByTagName("*") always returning no elements)..."
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Whitepapers, W3C's ARIA Support
"The W3C defines ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) as a
syntax for making dynamic Web content and custom UI controls
accessible. Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers uses ARIA role,
state, and property information to communicate with assistive
technologies. Instead of building separate simplified Web pages for
accessibility, you can use ARIA to markup your rich Web applications
with roles, states, and properties."
By Steve Faulkner.
CSUN 2007 presentation slides.
IE8 Beta 1 - First Tests
By Peter-Paul Koch.
I'm going to say it all. My readers, as well as the IE team, expect
2008 SXSW Podcasts
Successful Teams Use Web Standards (Video)
By Chris Heilmann.
"The lovely people at Paris Web just released all the videos of the
2007 conference on dailymotion. My talk is the only English one and
deals with the topic of how following web standards helps your team to
be more successful."
Calculating Date Difference More Precisely in PHP
By Hasin Hayder.
"This function is production ready and you can use it in any of your
application which mainly works with these date difference. I have found
it somewhere in web, just forgot the source. Thanks to the unknown
author of this excellent function..."
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Warning! This Book Could Be Hazardous to the Web!
By WaSP Street Team.
"How many outdated web design and development books are lurking in your
local library, school or college, waiting to corrupt an innocent mind?
Want to warn the unsuspecting of these hazardous materials while
encouraging librarians to update their shelves? Join the WaSP Street
Team by downloading and printing copies of these bookmarks (PDF 3.4MB).
Then place these bookmarks in harmfully outdated books..."
Design By Attrition
By Sam Ruby.
"...That WHATWG has consistently made it abundantly clear that the W3C
is but one of many sources of input for HTML5. What IE actually
implements is another source. Both clearly view namespace support as
important. Yet the WHATWG seems to assign no urgency to this issue.
The prevailing attitude is one of YAGNI..."
Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Kit
"How do I make my site 'light up' with Internet Explorer 8?..."
IE8: The Bad
By Anne Van Kesteren.
"There are quite a few good things about the Microsoft release, such as
showing that HTML5 is looked at, Acid2 is (almost) being passed, and
CSS support is improving, but there are quite a few evil things as
SXSW: Browser Wars Become Browser Peace? Not Quite
"Last year's Browser Wars panel wasn't very well attended, considering
the subject matter (maybe it was the 10 am start time). But the powers
that be have moved the panel to the afternoon, kept the same cast of
characters, and this year's Part II of the panel has a capacity crowd.
And, as it was last year, it's the best SXSW panel I've seen this
Templating Language for Authoring Tools
By Karl Dubost.
"wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) authoring tools are very rarely
wysiwym (what you see is what you mean) tools. When reading a book we
leverage the meaning from the layout and the style of the text. We know
that this little number at the bottom right is the number of the page,
and not part of the flow of the text. Computers don't. Computers are
dumb. Really they are..."
HTML WG Members Working Together
By Karl Dubost.
"...It is encouraging to see W3C as forum where people can discuss,
innovate and share issues."
The Design of Internal Enterprise Applications
By Jesper Ronn-Jensen.
I really fell in spontaneous love with this drawing, that shows the
relation between the simplest and the most complex of all known
products and websites. Apple and Google representing the first.
Internal Enterpricey applications representing the latter..."
Two More Usability Challenges for Designing Web Apps
By Jared M. Spool.
"...spending time watching users interact with the application will
help identify places where its life in the browser may present a
challenge. This is particularly effective if the team can spend time in
the user's natural environment, such as their office or home, where
they can see how they work and what equipment and software they're
The Incredible, Scalable SVG
By Shelley Powers.
"One of the advantages of SVG over some other graphics capability is
the fact that SVG is vector-based..."
[Section one ends.]
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+11: 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
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
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