[webdev] Web Design Update: Feburary 6, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Feb 6 06:13:23 CST 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 32, Feburary 6, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 32 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.
Screen Reader Survey Results
By Jared Smith.
"The initial results of our survey of preferences of screen reader users
are now available. With over 1100 respondents, these results provide a
unique and detailed insight into screen reader users and web
By Tom Hughes-Croucher.
"...in this article I'll now look at accessibility explicitly, so you can
understand fully what it is, why it is important, how to ensure that
sites are accessible, and what guidelines exist to define accessible
By Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis.
"Web accessibility testing is a subset of usability testing where the
users under consideration have disabilities that affect how they use the
web. The end goal, in both usability and accessibility, is to discover
how easily people can use a web site and feed that information back into
improving future designs and implementations..."
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Web Accessibility Initiative Educational Outreach Thread Initiated by
"So the classic argument becomes 'But what if the choice is between
terrible poetry and silence?' That choice should be pre-settable within
the screen reader, not an escape hatch for authors who suck at providing
an alternative to any unwanted voicings. It's all in the hands of the
authoring tool and the design of the assistive technology."
Headings in HTML 5 and Accessibility
By Bruce Lawson.
"This description of headings was originally part of a post unveiling the
part two redesign, but I'm splitting it out because there has been a lot
of talk lately about headings in HTML 4 and 5..."
Captioning, Transcripts and a Teachable Moment
By John Foliot.
"...For those of you reading this and who are involved in teaching, alt
media production or a related endeavor, I ask that maybe you help push
that ball along as well. NASA has given us a great starting point, but
we, accessibility advocates, need to help highlight that great start, and
help other educators seize that start point and work it..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Headers, Footers, Columns, and Templates
By Ben Henick.
"...This article takes on broader focus; its purpose is to show the
reader how to take the material covered so far, and use it to build a
complete site template..."
How to Solve :first-child CSS Bug in IE 7
By Robert Nyman.
"...The key was the HTML comment preceding the first LI item, incorrectly
interpreted by IE to be the first child element of the UL..."
Simple Styling With CSS
By Stephanie Sullivan.
"...The purpose of this article is to take you on the initial journey-one
that gives you an idea of how easy it is to separate your content from
its presentation. I'll show you techniques that reduce your page-load
time and file size tremendously by using CSS to create background colors,
borders, and font styling These techniques enable you to cut the images
used in your web pages down to a minimum. The page you'll create isn't
beautiful. It's silly and fun. But it will teach you techniques and give
you ideas to create your own, much more attractive pages..."
XML Prague 2009
March 21-22, 2009.
Prague, Czech Republic
TechEd 2009 - The New Face of Technology
March 22-25, 2009.
Ontario, California, U.S.A.
3d European eAccessibility Forum
March 30, 2009.
Internet User Experience 2009
March 30-April 2, 2009.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
April 10, 2009 in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
May 22, 2009 in London United Kingdom.
June 27, 2009 in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
August 1, 2009 in Sydney Australia.
CSS Mastery Workshop with Andy Budd
April 16, 2009.
Brighton, United Kingdom
The John Slatin Access U
May 11-13, 2009.
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
WebAIM Screen Reader Survey: A Closer Look at Flash and PDF Results
By Andrew Kirkpatrick.
"WebAIM released the results of a survey of screen reader users and the
results are interesting for what they tell us about HTML use, but the
commentary around user's thoughts on Flash content and PDF documents is
of particular interest at Adobe. The results state that 71% of screen
reader users responding feel that Flash content is very difficult (34%)
or somewhat difficult (37%) to use, and 48% of screen reader users
responding feel that PDF documents are very difficult (17%) or somewhat
difficult (31%) to use. I think that it is worth putting some additional
context around these numbers..."
Validating WAI-ARIA in HTML and XHTML
By Roger Johansson.
"WAI-ARIA has great potential to help developers make the Web more
accessible to people with disabilities, especially those who are vision
impaired or cannot use a mouse. There is currently a problem with adding
WAI-ARIA attributes to your HTML or XHTML markup though..."
By James Edwards.
anywhere on the web or in print, a complement to the already-published
HTML Reference and CSS Reference..."
The DOM is a Mess
By John Resig
"I gave a talk last week at Yahoo (at the request of the YUI team) all
about the DOM. I outlined some of the reasons why the current situation
is such a mess, outline some strategies for working around it, and then
give some examples of real world code that's being implemented in
By Chris Mills.
advanced debugger, you'll need to know about the tools available to you,
effective debugging. In this article, using a sample web application,
Steen and Mills share advanced techniques for diagnosing and treating
By Estelle Weyl.
common error is overwriting a global variable because the variable in a
function didn't have local scope. If that last sentence didn't make any
sense, then this article is for you..."
week including ones by Christian Heilmann, Peter Paul Koch, Mike West,
Stuart Langridge, Greg Schechter, and Robert Nyman.
The Details That Matter
By Kevin Potts.
"We no longer lay out pages with composing sticks and straight edges, and
design is no longer a trade position requiring a lengthy apprenticeship,
but an eye for details is every bit as important today as it was in the
early days of graphic arts. Learn the habits of successful designers, who
think critically as well as creatively, and who see the forest while
never losing sight of the trees."
Toward 2^W --- Beyond Web-2.0: The Rest Of The Story
By T.V. Raman.
"The Web has evolved from global hypertext system to distributed platform
for end-user interaction. Users access it from a variety of devices and
rely on late binding of the user interface to produce a user experience
that is best suited to a given usage context. With data moving from
individual devices to the Web cloud, users today have ubiquitous access
to their data. The separation of the user interface from the data being
presented enables them to determine how they interact with the data. With
data and interaction both becoming URL-addressable, the Web is now
evolving toward enabling users to come together to collaborate in ad-hoc
groups that can be created and dismantled with minimal overhead. Thus, a
movement that started with the creation of three simple building blocks
'URL, HTTP, HTML' has evolved into the one platform that binds them all."
How Search Fits Into The Web Site Design Process
By Rob Garner.
"The important thing to remember here is that search should be a key
consideration at every stage of the process, whether it is selecting a
provider, setting requirements, producing comps, coding or site
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 20
By Mark Pilgrim.
"The big news this week is the beginning of the non-normative section on
rendering HTML documents."
HTML 5 to the H1 Debate Rescue?
By Henny Swan.
"...What's interesting to see is that while HTML5 may have serious flaws
with regards to accessibility in other areas it may be working to support
accessible content in others. What is essential to its success however is
that screen reader vendors step up and work to include support for HTML5
to complement efforts being made by browsers as well as the web
W3C Validator for MAC OSX with Experimental WAI-ARIA Support
By Steve Faulkner.
"...you can check your (X)HTML files containing ARIA attributes without
them being flagged as errors. You can also check whether ARIA attributes
and attribute values used are correct."
Easy YouTube Caption Creator - A Very Rough First 'Build'
By Ian Lloyd.
"...I've put together a little tool that lets me create a caption file -
suitable for YouTube - in what I think is a quite easy manner..."
By Project Possibility.
"Our project concept is an open source, community-driven online video
closed captioning tool..."
Top 10 Higher-Ed Web Design Mistakes in 140
By Stewart Foss.
"While working on the book I had an idea for a presentation..."
Getting Your Website Right - Uses and Misuses of Web Design Patterns
By Nathan Langley.
"...In the instances where you decide that it is appropriate put UI
patterns into practice, you must ensure that you understand the context
in which the pattern was conceived and its suitability for the proposed
use. Without this you will not realize the potential of patterns to allow
you to focus on more business critical design."
Are You Focusing Too Much on Your Home Page?
By Christian Watson.
"...Your home page is Like a hotel lobby...the lobby should make it easy
for the visitor to orient themselves...However, hotels are ultimately
judged by the quality of their rooms...."
[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
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
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