[webdev] Web Design Update: August 23, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Sat Aug 23 06:47:40 CDT 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 08, August 23, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 08 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
05: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
07: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Response to Article in A List Apart
By Open & Closed Project.
"Lisa Herrod's article for A List Apart, 'Deafness and the User
Experience' (ALA 265, 2008.08.12), makes incorrect attributions about
the Open & Closed Project. The Open & Closed Project isn't doing what
the article claims we are..."
Web Accessibility - Beijing Olympics: Revisiting The Errors Of The Past
By Majeed Saleh.
"The Olympic Games are currently being followed avidly by sports fans,
journalists and politicians worldwide, many of them using the official
Beijing 2008 website (http://en.beijing2008.cn/), the most
comprehensive source of information on events..."
State of the eNation Reports: Beijing Olympics Special
"The owners of the Sydney Olympics Game site (SOCOG) were successfully
prosecuted by Blind Australian Bruce Maguire in 2000. In this special
report we invited disabled web users to test out the Beijing Olympics
Assistive Technology: a video tour of accessibility
By Jon Gibbins.
"...if you're just starting out building websites, these videos will
hopefully lead you to consider accessibility in your work, which tends
to provide a solid foundation for using best practices....
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Best Practice for ID and Class Names
By Jens Meiert.
"I'm currently working on yet another article for German Dr. Web mag,
this time covering recommendations for IDs and classes, an issue likely
as old as the Web. Taking a different approach than usual I'm feeling
free to publish a 'guerrilla sneak preview' in this place..."
CSS 3 attribute Selectors
By Christopher Schmitt.
"In this article, Christopher Schmitt carries on his detailed
exploration of what CSS3 has to offer us, looking at CSS3 attribute
selectors that allow us to write selectors matching strings of text
inside attribute values..."
CSS 3 Image Replacement on the ODiN blog
By Bruce Lawson.
After a question about image replacement on accessify forums, I began
to explore the image replacement options that CSS 3 will offer us.
There is a potentially a mechanism using the content property that
requires no extra markup and which degrades well even with CSS on and
images off, because it doesn't hide the text it replaces."
CSS and Opacity: methods for creating translucent elements
By Christopher Schmitt.
"Christopher Schmitt has been playing with the CSS opacity property a
lot lately, and loves what he can do with it. In this article, he
shares his findings with the world."
By John Resig.
John explains the outcome of the recent 'Oslo meeting' where proponents
of ECMAScript 3.1 (incremental improvements to JS as it exists today)
and 4 (massive, sweeping changes including many new programming
constructs) harmonized their differences.
By Kevin Yank.
"One by one, the core standards that define the Web are getting a new
lease on life. First, the W3C rebooted its development of HTML by
abandoning its single-minded focus on XHTML and embracing the work of
the WHAT-WG's HTML 5 draft as a new beginning. Now, at a meeting in
Olso at the end of July, the long-divided standards body responsible
Primitive Data Types, Arrays, Loops, and Conditions: Part 3
By Stoyan Stefanov.
as primitive data types, arrays, common operators and flow control
statements. This final installment looks at arrays, conditions and
Design Cop-out 2 - Breadcrumbs
By Jared Spool.
"Like site maps, breadcrumbs are hard to do well. And they are also a
treatment of the symptom, with the real problem that the user is on the
wrong page to begin with. Work to ensure the only place users end up is
on the right page, and you'll no longer need to provide breadcrumbs to
+05: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The Digital Stakhanovite
By Karl Dubost.
"...At regular cycle, there is a rage debate over alt attribute on html
working group mailing list. I'm not sure there is a perfect solution
and we have to find a way to accommodate the circumstances of this
sharing. The difficulty is that the right solution is more social than
technical. Giving meaningful alternative information for the images you
put online, really depends on the context..."
The Details of Data in documents: GRDDL, Profiles, and HTML5
By Dan Connolly.
"...I don't particularly care for the rel="profile" design, but one
should choose ones battles and I'm not inclined to choose this one. I'm
content for the market to choose."
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 2
By Mark Pilgrim.
"Welcome back to "This Week in HTML 5," where I'll try to summarize the
major activity in the ongoing standards process in the WHATWG and W3C
HTML Working Group."
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 3
By Mark Pilgrim.
Use the Best Available Ampersand
By Dan Cederholm.
"I love ampersands. And interest in this quirky character seems to be
on the rise as of late. Case in point: Just last week, I purchased not
one, but two t-shirts adorned with nothing more than an ampersand.
That's telling, no?..."
Ampersands With Attitude
By Huw Wilkins.
"Ampersands have long been the character in a typeface with which
typographers can indulge themselves. Sweeping curves, flirtatious
finishes and bold statements - these are the things that make
ampersands an exciting character to use and, better still, to design..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+07: 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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