[webdev] Web Design Update: August 28, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Aug 28 06:27:07 CDT 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 09, August 28, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 09 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
03: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
07: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Firefox and OS X's VoiceOver ... Reading the Magic 8 Ball
By Aaron Leventhal.
"Macs are quickly gaining popularity - they simply rock for mainstream
users. Macs continue to make inroads for people with disabilities as
well, via Apple's proprietary built-in tools such as VoiceOver.
However, while Firefox has recently made amazing strides on the Mac,
Apple's assistive technology tools are not compatible with it. Firefox
users with disabilities are simply not included in the OS X party...."
Target and NFB Final Settlement
NFB and Target Settle - $6 Million in Damages
By Jim Thatcher.
"...In my non-legal opinion, the Judge said that the ADA applied to
Target.com (to the extent that the web site related to Target's bricks
and mortar stores) and, most importantly, that the California
anti-discrimination law (referred to as the Unruh Act) applied to
Target. Whereas the ADA does not provide for damages, the Unruh Act
does. Note that it doesn't make any difference where a U.S. company is
located in applying the California law; the issue is whether or not
there is discrimination against a California resident. The fact that
Judge Patel said that the case would move forward meant that the issue
of whether or not the web site discriminated against people who are
blind would have to be settled in court and I think that is not where
Target wanted to be."
Target Lawsuit Settled
By Jared Smith.
"...While this is a great victory for the NFB and the claimants, I
think the majority of the accessibility community was hoping for some
long-awaited case law that might better define the relationship of the
Internet and the Americans with Disabilities Act. While there have been
many lawsuits claiming discrimination under the ADA because of
inaccessible web sites, there is virtually no case law that clarifies
that the ADA applies to web sites. This settlement clearly provides no
additional insight into this matter..."
Sullivan, Stephanie and Rewis, Greg. Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver
CS3, New Riders Press, 2008.
+03: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
By Dave Shea.
"In 2004, Dave Shea took the CSS rollover where it had never gone
before. Now he takes it further still-with a little help from jQuery.
Say hello to hover animations that respond to a user's behavior in ways
standards-based sites never could before..."
The CSS3 :not() selector
By Kilian Valkhof.
"There isn't a lot of information to be found about the :not()
selector. The specifications only offer 3 lines of text and a couple of
examples. So lets see what it can do..."
By James Edwards.
The throw statement allows you to throw a formal error - sending
details of the error to the browser's error console - and halting
further execution of the script."
Molly E. Holzschlag: 'Web Standards Is A Goal' Interview
By Design Interviews.
"Molly E. Holzschlag has been named one of the Top 25 Most Influential
Women on the Web. She is one of the most enthusiastic Web standards
advocate, instructor, and author. Molly is Group Lead for the Web
Standards Project (WaSP), an invited expert to the HTML and GEO working
groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and an author of more
than 30 web design and development related books."
Web Site Navigation Design Showcase
By Christian Watson.
"Just a quick note to say that I've gathered together a navigation
design showcase with 70+ examples...."
+07: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Best Practices in Web Development: Part 1
By Joe Dolson.
"This is the beginning of a five-part series highlighting the entire
process of developing web sites for clients..."
An Event Apart: Notes
By Luke Wroblewski.
"I spoke at and attended two iterations of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey
Zeldman's An Event Apart this year. Here's a compilation of the notes I
HTML 5, a New Step
By Karl Dubost.
"We are happy to announce that W3C has integrated a version of HTML 5
conformance checker into a beta instance of the W3C Markup validator."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: 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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University of Minnesota Duluth
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