[webdev] Web Design Update: November 26, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Wed Nov 26 15:40:30 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 22, November 26, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 22 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
SJSU Becomes First School in CSU to Use iTunes U
By Chris Curry.
San Jose State University provides transcripts of ALL its iTunes
content. Many of the files have transcripts embedded.
iTunes and iTunesU Adds VoiceOver
By Cory Bohon.
"Apple just released an update to iTunes. Version 8.0.2 "...improves
stability and performance and provides a number of important bug
fixes." They note that this update adds VoiceOver capabilities for both
iTunes and iTunes U. VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader utility
for Mac OS X that helps visually challenged users..."
National Federation of the Blind and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Announce Agreement with Apple to Make iTunes Fully Accessible
By Chris Danielsen.
"Apple will make iTunes U (a dedicated area of the iTunes Store for
content provided by colleges and universities) fully accessible by
December 31, 2008, and will ensure the full accessibility of the iTunes
software and the rest of the iTunes Store to blind people using both
Mac and Windows operating systems by June 30, 2009."
iTunes U Accessibility Working Group
By Athen (Access Technologists in Higher Education Network).
Includes an iTunes U Accessibility Evaluation (powerpoint presentation)
By Joe Humbert.
Do You Use Access Keys?
By Robert Nyman.
"I felt it was about time to bring up the topic in one of my oldest
drafts (written in May 2005) which, for some reason, never saw the
light of day."
Accessible Interface Design, Part 1
By Mark McKay.
"A lot of what I will cover in this article is just plain good design
with a few tweaks to make it more accessible..."
Accessible Interface Design, Part 2
By Mark McKay.
"...It is true that well designed, properly coded, visually appealing
applications can be even more accessible when they use proper
structure, plain language, headings and label interface controls in a
meaningful way. I challenge everyone reading this article to make your
next application beautiful, usable and accessible."
Section 508: Uncle Sam's Guide To Web Accessibility
By Rob Ballou.
"If you've ever worked on a US federal government web site, you've
probably encountered Section 508 law for web accessibility. In this
article, Rob wades through the jargon to deliver the tips you need to
ensure the sites you build are compliant."
Harper and Yesilada. Web Accessibility: A Foundation for Research,
Online at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-84800-049-0
Jarrett and Gaffney. Forms That Work: Designing Web Forms For
Usability, Morgan Kaufmann, 2008.
Seale, Jane. E-learning and Disability in Higher Education, Routledge,
Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4 Video Tutorials
By Stefan Mischook.
"I just released a new set of Dreamweaver video tutorials that cover
Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Why We Call Them Participants
By Dana Chisnell.
"It was not an easy recruit. Directors of IT are busy people. Oddly,
they're hard to get hold of. They don't answer calls from strangers.
They don't answer ads on web sites. The ones who do answer ads on web
sites we had to double-check on by calling their company HR departments
to verify they had the titles they said they did..."
By John Resig.
I've long been interested in the concept of A/B testing (Also called
split testing). It's a simple concept that should sit will with most
mathematically-inclined types: You have a baseline interface in which
you adjust a single variable, at random, for each user that visits your
application. After a given amount of time you should be able to see if
certain variables affect how your users behave (either negatively or
Designing For All
December 3, 2008.
London, United Kingdom.
Affordable Web Training
Online five week course beginning December 3, 2008.
+06: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
By Hammad Khan.
"Over the last ten years, the Internet has gone from being the product
of technology to the media channel of choice for much of the general
public. Designers and developers have forged together innovative,
entertaining and essential landmarks that can be accessed by computer,
mobile and TV. As the importance of access, effectiveness and
ergonomics of the web has become self evident, the role of the user
experience professional has become the missing link between technology
and people. We aim to make the web more usable, accessible, findable
The Real Information Architect
By Peter Morville.
"This entertaining presentation by Gail Leija is one of the best (and
most fun) overviews of information architecture that I've seen in a
Women in Tech: Jill Whalen
By Virginia DeBolt.
"Jill Whalen is a leading expert in the field of search engine
optimization (SEO) and the head of High Rankings. Meet Jill Whalen..."
Designers and Developers, Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
By Simon Mackie.
"At The Future of Web Design in New York, the final session of the day
was a panel discussion on the frictions and misunderstandings that
often arise between designers and developers working together..."
Real-World OOP With PHP and MySQL
By Angelo Rodrigues.
"Numerous examples from robots to bicycles have been offered as 'easy'
explanations of what OOP is. I've opted to show you how OOP works with
a real-life example, for a programmer. By creating a MySQL CRUD class
you can easily create, read, update and delete entries in any of your
projects, regardless of how the database is designed."
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
W3C Validator, Now with HTML5 Flavour
By Olivier Thereaux.
"A lot of recurring discussions among the W3C staff and contributors,
whenever the question of 'what should be the focus of our validation
tools' arises, seem to split the world in two camps..."
W3C Markup Validation Service adds experimental HTML5 support
By Meitar Moscovitz.
"A few days ago, the W3C added experimental support for HTML5 to their
online markup validation service. There's been an HTML5 validator
available at Validator.nu for a while now, but the addition of HTML5
validation to the W3C's own site is an important catalyst that is
Web Standards in China
By Henny Swan.
"In early October I was lucky enough to spend some time in China
talking to web professionals and students alike about web standards and
their current status..."
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 14
By Mark Pilgrim.
"...The big news this week is a radical proposal for integrating HTTP
authentication with HTML forms..."
Web Content Migration: Disastrous Strategy
By Gerry McGovern.
"There is probably no worse strategy for an intranet or public website
than content migration. It is doomed to failure from the very start."
What If There Already was Broad Support for XHTML?
By Adrian Bateman.
"...Of course, XHTML isn't just about well-formedness. The documents
are truly XML and have the ability to embed mark-up from other
namespaces such as SVG and MathML and to be processed with standard XML
tools. There is also work underway in the HTML 5 WG to define the
mechanisms for these languages to be embedded in HTML. What value is
there in XHTML if it only differs from HTML in which type of parser I
instantiate to read a document?"
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+12: 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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