[webdev] Web Design Update: July 10, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Jul 10 06:28:19 CDT 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 02, July 10, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 02 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.
06: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Review of the WebVisum Firefox Extension
By Marco Zehe.
"Today, a post announcing the WebVisum Firefox extension was posted to
the mozilla.dev.accessibility newsgroup. The things talked about in
this post and on the WebVisum homepage almost sound too good to be
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
"Browser bugs driving you mad? Then, hopefully, we have the cure. At
this browser guide, you can find (and contribute) detailed information
about browser bugs in CSS, HTML and the DOM from Internet Explorer,
Netscape 4 and up!..."
Level 3 Features in the Wild
By James Hopkins.
"The beauty about working on a site that is specifically targeted for
one the most popular mobile devices around (aka the iPhone) is that the
vendor with the least CSS support (*cough* IE *cough*) doesn't exist on
it (purely because of its inadequate CSS support in this case)..."
All About Floats
By Chris Coyier.
"Float is a CSS positioning property. If you are familiar with print
design, you can think of it like an image in a layout where the text
wraps around it as necessary..."
Multiple CSS Classes
By Ben Counsel.
" Applying multiple CSS classes allows you to create reusable classes
that can easily be mixed together on any HTML element without adding
additional markup, thus saving you time and making your CSS more
efficient and easier for your work colleagues to understand. It's a
method I've been using for a while, but one I wish I'd adopted long
By Linda Goin.
"In this article, I'll cover colour basics and three simple colour
schemes so that you can feel confident about choosing colours for your
site. I'll follow up this article with another piece on how to simplify
these colour choices. After all, it's more fun to enjoy the compliments
on your Web site design than it is to sweat over the colour choices."
Colour Schemes and Design Mockups
By Linda Goin.
"After a web designer presents a site's architecture, or wireframe, to
a client for approval, the next step is to determine the look and feel
of the site through colour and graphics. In this article, I'll
demonstrate how I keep this process as simple as possible..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Avoiding Demographics When Recruiting Participants
By Jared Spool.
"User research is now a critical tool in the toolbox of design teams.
However, it only works well if you involve the right participants in
the study. Having the participants that match the design's audience
will give the team feedback on what works well and where the design
needs rethinking. By learning from the participants, the team can make
informed design decisions on all aspects of the user's experience..."
Type Camp Galiano
August 3-8, 2008.
Galiano Island, Canada
10th Annual Conference On World Wide Web Applications
September 3-5, 2008.
Cape Town, South Africa.
+06: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Circumventing Hegemony in the HTML WG
By Steve Faulkner.
"Raising Issues: In order to raise an issue or proposal in regards to
the HTML5 specification you do not have to be a member of the W3C HTML
Working Group (HTML WG). Anyone can simply enter a bug into the HTML
Bugzilla. If the proposal or issue is rejected by those that control
the specification and the issue is related to accessibility, you can
refer the issue to the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group (PF WG).
Probably the best method is to subscribe to and send an email to the
WAI-XTECH mailing list..."
Microsoft Credible as Blushing Debutante at the Standards Ball?
By Rick Jelliffe.
"Effective participation in standards bodies involves quite specific
commitment and development of expertise, it is not a generic capability
that can be instantly redeployed, Rumsfield-style, to trouble spots..."
Introduction to The Web Standards Curriculum
By Chris Mills.
"...a course designed to give anyone a solid grounding in web
design/development, no matter who they are-it is completely free to
use, accessible, and assumes no previous knowledge..."
Yes, You Can Use HTML 5
"For those who weren't aware of that so far, you can already use HTML
5: Just use <!DOCTYPE html> as your HTML documents' document type..."
The Pencil Project
By Duong Thanh.
Firefox 3 wireframing tool extension.
Web Form Design Patterns: Sign-Up Forms
By Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz.
"Below we present findings of our survey of current web form design
patterns - the results of an analysis of 100 popular web-sites where
web-forms (should) matter. We have decided to start with sign-up forms
first. We present the first part of our findings below; the second part
of the survey results will be published next week..."
HTML or XHTML: Does It Really Matter?
By James Edwards.
"I could say that HTML has come a long way since its first standard
specification, HTML 2.0, was published in 1995. I would like to say
that-but it wouldn't be true..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+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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