[webdev] Web Design Update: December 19, 2008
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Dec 19 06:29:41 CST 2008
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 25, December 19, 2008.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 25 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
(The New) WCAG 2.0 Theme Song
By David MacDonald.
"This is the theme song for the new WCAG 2.0 which is a W3C
recommendation. Accessibility consultant David MacDonald wrote it
during a Face to Face WCAG meeting in Los Angeles. He did the
instruments, programming, vocals and mixing in his home studio. Words
are below. A video will be out in the coming days. (Note the old WCAG
theme from 2002 is below this one on this page.)"
Accessibility Supported Web Content Technologies in WCAG 2.0
By Henny Swan.
"A new concept in WCAG 2.0 is accessibility supported web content
technologies. This has confused a few people and also raised the wider
question of what technologies are in fact accessibility supported?..."
By Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHENS).
"This section provides a space for documenting frequently asked
questions, tips, strategies, etc. related to deployment of specific
assistive technologies (AT) in higher education computing environments."
By Ted Page.
"The importance of understanding screen reader 'forms mode' and more..."
Three Video Captioning Tools
By Claude Almansi.
"So how to choose a tool? As with knitting, first make a sample with a
short video using different tools: the short descriptive lists above
cannot replace experience. Then choose the most appropriate one
according to your aims for captioning a given video, and what are your
possible collaborators' availability, IT resources, and abilities...Or
Recruiting Participants for Captioning Study
By David Fourney.
Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University is recruiting
participants for a captioning study.
Designing Accessible Websites
By Brooke Marshall.
"For the third-largest minority group in the United States - more than
40 million people - the vast majority of Websites are partially or
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
By Chris Casciano.
"Some of the most powerful CSS2 and CSS3 selectors defined in the specs
are avoided by web developers because they're not supported by commonly
used web browsers. Sometimes in order to work around these shortfalls
code becomes littered with many specialized classes and sites become
difficult to maintain..."
The First Tool You Reach For
By Kevin Yank.
"Microsoft recently announced that Internet Explorer 8 will be released
in the first half of 2009. Compared to the standards support of other
major browsers, IE8 will not be especially great, but it will finally
catch up with the state of the art in one specific area: support for
CSS tables. This milestone has the potential to trigger an important
change in the way you approach web design..."
Making Modular Layout Systems
By Jason Santa Maria.
"For all of the advantages the web has with distribution of content,
I've always lamented the handiness of the WYSIWYG design tools from the
print publishing world. When I set out to redesign my personal website,
I wanted to have some of the same abilities that those tools have,
laying out pages how I saw fit, and that meant a flexible system for
dealing with imagery..."
Pressed Button State With CSS
By Dmitry Fadeyev.
"There is certain anchor state in CSS that I don't see used very often
- actually, it's something I haven't really used myself, but something
which I now realize can be very useful. I'm talking about the 'active'
Shiny Happy Buttons
By John Allsopp.
"Since Mac OS X burst onto our screens, glossy, glassy, shiny buttons
have been almost de rigueur, and have essentially, along with
reflections and rounded corners, become a cliche of Web 2.0 'design'.
But if you can't beat 'em you'd better join 'em..."
Changing HTML Images on Hover/ A Quick CSS Trick
By Niels Matthijs.
"Hovers on html images are not too common, as most images in html are
purely content images and are not related to the actual design. One
important exception is the site logo, which is best placed in html
instead of css. It's common practice to put a home link on the site
logo and when hovered, it's nice to see a hover state indication,
subtle as it might be. To summarize what it is we want to do exactly..."
Example Luminosity Contrast Ratios
By Gez Lemon.
Gez updated this document to use the new WCAG 2.0 acceptable minimum
color contrast ratios.
Minimum Color Contrast Ratio Changed in WCAG 2
By Joe Dolson.
"In the final release of WCAG 2, the acceptable minimum color contrast
ratio was changed from 5:1 to 4.5:1..."
Working Within the Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Environment
By Steve Johnson.
"Get to know the Dreamweaver authoring environment so you can be more
effective and efficient as you create Web pages and manage Web sites..."
By Roman Villarreal.
"Dreamweaver CS4 supports a new command that makes it easy to build
This new command enables you to do two things..."
Dreamweaver's Form Validation Behavior
By Paul Davis.
"This quick video shows how to use the form validation behavior in
Dreamweaver. Approximate download size: 14MB."
MinneUX Book Club
February 11, 2009.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2009
March 23-25, 2009.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
By Robert Nyman.
use scope to make your life easier..."
Six Questions: Eric Meyer on CSS3
By Jacob Gube.
"Eric A. Meyer knows a thing or two about standards-based CSS and HTML
development. He's a distinguished expert on CSS and HTML, an author of
numerous books on CSS, co-founder of An Event Apart, a coveted guest
speaker, a member of the A List Apart crew, and founder of Complex
JSON is Everybody's Friend
By Ed Finkler.
serialized data format for exchanging data between applications written
in a variety of languages. And as of PHP 5.2, we have native support
for JSON encoding and decoding..."
By Andrei Zmievski.
"...I want to briefly talk about the process of how PHP gets developed
and why things are the way they are..."
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 16
By Mark Pilgrim.
"...HTML 5 also includes a section on using the alt attribute, but in
general you should defer to WCAG 2.0 because it was written by experts."
Attaching Subtitles to HTML5 Video
By Silvia Pfeiffer.
"During the last week, I made a proposal to the HTML5 working group
about how to support out-of-band time-aligned text in HTML5. What I
mean by that is basically: how to link a subtitle file to a video tag
in HTML5. This would mirror the way in which in desktop-players you can
load separate subtitle files by hand to go alongside a video..."
AccessForAll Meta-data Specification
By Inovation Adoption Learning.
"The AccessForAll Meta-data specification is intended to make it
possible to identify resources that match a user's stated preferences
or needs. These preferences or needs would be declared using the IMS
Learner Information Package Accessibility for LIP specification. The
needs and preferences addressed include the need or preference for
alternative presentations of resources, alternative methods of
controlling resources, alternative equivalents to the resources
themselves and enhancements or supports required by the user. The
specification provides a common language for identifying and describing
the primary or default resource and equivalent alternatives for that
Accessibility Toolbar (Updated)
By Gez Lemon.
It now has a great new summary feature which summarized failures at
the start of the report. It has been updated to use the new WCAG 2.0
acceptable minimum color contrast ratios to boot.
Contrast Ratio Analyzer (Updated)
By Gez Lemon.
Updated for WCAG 2.0 acceptable minimum color contrast ratios.
Inline Code Finder Firefox Extension
By Robert Nyman.
some more ideas with it, as well as some great feedback I have received
and wanted to see to. The result is Inline Code Finder, which looks for
offered, and it comes in two versions!"
Validator Donation Program: Day 2
By Olivier Thereaux.
Yesterday, W3C launched a new donation and sponsorship program offering
Web-people and Organizations a chance to show their support for Web
Standards and Open source: the Validator Donation Program.
[Announce] Amaya 11
By Irene Vatton.
The W3C's Web editor/browser has been released.
The Discipline of Content Strategy
By Kristina Halvorson.
It's time to stop pretending content is somebody else's problem. If
content strategy is all that stands between us and the next
fix-it-later copy draft or beautifully polished but meaningless site
launch, it's time to take up the torch-time to make content matter.
Halvorson tells how to understand, learn, practice, and plan for
By Jeffrey MacIntyre.
"Every website faces two key questions: 1. What content do we have at
hand? 2. What content should we produce? Answering those questions is
the domain of the content strategist. Alas, real content strategy gets
as little respect today as information architecture did in 1995.
MacIntyre defines the roles, tools, and value of this emerging user
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Usage goes down as interaction costs increase. User motivation
determines how fast demand drops, following an elasticity curve..."
[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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University of Minnesota Duluth
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