[webdev] Web Design Update: February 27, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Feb 27 18:26:45 CST 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 35, February 27, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 35 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.
13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Celebrating a Newly Discovered Ability
By Glenda Watson Hyatt.
Tech mashup for accessible presentations (audio, video, transcript,
caption, screen sharing via Mikogo, Skype).
EDUCAUSE Accessibility Guidelines
"This guide is a working draft developed by the IT Accessibility
Constituent Group at the request of EDUCAUSE staff. It is designed to
provide guidance to authors, reviewers, and publishers associated with
EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ), and to the larger EDUCAUSE community, on how to
ensure that web content is accessible to all users, including those with
ADA Changes: The New Definition of Disability
By Tim Moore.
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 and became
effective on July 26, 1992 to protect those with major disabilities in
the workplace. Since then, much has changed, especially the definition of
the term 'disability' On January 1, 2009, the definition of 'disability'
was changed drastically."
Understanding the Impact of Accessibility
By Glenda Sims.
"Ever tried to explain to a software vendor why making their products
accessible is important? I often get that privilege. In fact, some of the
brightest moments in my work are when I have the opportunity to open a
persons mind to the intrinsic value of accessibility..."
LSAC Discriminates Against Blind Law School Applicants
By Chris Danielsen, National Federation of the Blind.
"National Federation of the Blind Sues Law School Admissions Council for
inaccessible web site and LAST preparation materials"
LSAC Inaccessible Web Lawsuit
By Cynthia Waddell.
On Thursday, February 19th, the National Federation of the Blind filed a
complaint against the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) in California
today for violations of California's Unruh Act and Disabled Persons Act
as a result of LSAC's inaccessible web site and LAST preparation on
Usable Accessibility: Making Web Sites Work Well for People with
By Whitney Quesenbery.
"...In the spirit of the column Ask UXmatters, I spoke to a number of
leading advocates for accessibility to find out what they think about
New Accessibility Guidelines A 'Welcomed Update'
By Joseph C. Dolson.
"...This article is part one in a series discussing the impact of WCAG
2.0 on your website..."
Survey on Social Networking Sites
By The American Foundation for the Blind.
Tell AFB what you think of the accessibility of social networking sites
Social Accessibility Project
"The Social Accessibility Project is a utility that enables volunteers to
make Web pages accessible to the visually impaired. Using an innovative
new system, it gathers information about accessibility problems directly
from visually impaired users. To address these problems, the Social
Accessibility Project provides a tool to members of the open community
that allows them to externally modify Web pages, successfully making the
pages accessible while leaving all original content untouched."
By Project Possibility Wiki.
"The purpose of this project is to make the social network, Facebook,
accessible to the visually impaired..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS3 Feedback: Graphical Thoughts
By Eric Meyer.
"My few thoughts on the 'Graphical Effects' part of the feedback
By Dave Shea.
"Maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention, but over the past
few years an interesting variation of CSS Sprites has been getting a lot
of play on large web sites that serve millions of users."
CSS Background Position/Unforseen Limitations
By Niels Matthijs.
"After a little break from the web it is time to tackle one of the more
irritating (but recently very popular) subjects of css in combination
with background images. This series will tackle the pros and cons of
sprites, it will tell you why sprites don't work very well yet (in some
regards) and what should be changed to make it work flawlessly. To start
off, this article will dig a little deeper into the issues of css
Tableless Layouts with Dreamweaver CS4
By Stephanie Sullivan.
"Learn to create a two-column CSS layout from scratch and understand what
you need to consider in the process."
2009 PHP Quebec Conference
March 4-6, 2009.
Ben Shneiderman - Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery
March 5, 2009.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Gerry McGovern Masterclass - Utrecht
April 09, 2009.
Gerry McGovern Masterclass - Oslo
April 27, 2009.
October 26-28, 2009.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
November 5-6, 2009.
Felix Meritis, Amsterdam
Accessing Higher Ground
November 10-14, 2009.
Westminster, Colorado, U.S.A
Call for Review: WAI-ARIA Last Call and New Document for Browsers
By Shawn Henry.
"The Protocols and Formats Working Group invites you to review the
following documents published 24 February 2009..."
WAI-ARIA, Last Call For Comments and What You Think Counts
By Henny Swan.
"...WAI-ARIA is the accumulation of a lot of hard from people who are
far cleverer than me so when I read that it had gone to last call I
thought to myself 'I'll have a look but I'm not sure what I can add'.
How wrong I was. Not long after it was announced Micheal Cooper of W3C
sent round an email the asking a few specific questions. Many of these
relate to not just the technical aspects of the specification but also
Improving Accessibility Through Focus Management
By Todd Kloots.
"A core requirement for developers using ARIA is to provide keyboard
access for widgets, as users of screen readers rely on the keyboard to
navigate web sites and applications. A large part of providing keyboard
access is managing focus of a widget's descendants (e.g., buttons in a
toolbar, tabs in a tablist, menuitems in a menu, etc.), and the W3C
guidelines provide two different approaches for doing so. This article
explains both approaches and provides some practical advice for choosing
Spoolcast: AJAX Aids Accessibility?
By Jared Spool.
"Yes, if you do it right, using Ajax techniques can improve
accessibility. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Ajax is like most techniques
and technologies on the web?they are what you make of them..."
Five Questions With Jonathan Snook
"People in the web design and development world surely know the name
Jonathan Snook but, for those among us that do not know you, or do not
know you that well, please give us a little background about yourself and
what makes you tick..."
Roundtable with Jeremy Keith, Steve Krug and Christopher Schmitt
By Christopher Schmitt.
"At last year's Voices That Matter Web Design Conference in Nashville,
Peachpit's Nancy Ruenzel sat down with Steve Krug, Jeremy Keith and
myself for a roundtable discussion..."
Bringing Holistic Awareness to Your Design
By Joseph Selbie.
"Gone, thankfully, are the days when the user experience and the user
interface were an afterthought in the website design process, to be added
on when programming was nearing completion. As our profession has
increasingly gained importance, it also become increasingly specialized:
information design, user experience design, interaction design, user
research, persona development, ethnographic user research, usability
testing-the list goes on and on. Increased specialization, however,
doesn't always translate to increased user satisfaction."
Improving Your First Page of Search Results
By Gerry McGovern.
"If your customers can't find what they want on the first page of
results, very few of them will go to the second page."
Can Your Blog Readers Find Your Hyperlinks?
By Glenda Watson Hyatt.
"In the last web accessibility post, three tips were offered for making
the content of hypertext links more usable. Today, consider the
appearance of these links. Can your blog readers easily spot your
Closures Coming in PHP 5.3 and That's a Good Thing
By Jani Hartikainen.
"PHP 5.3 will be introducing closures to PHP. Closures, also known as
anonymous functions, will allow you to declare functions "inline" and
store them in variables. While the syntax may seem a bit weird compared
addition to the language. However, like reflection, it's a feature that
may not immediately show it's usefulness..."
Upgrading from PHP V5.2
By John Mertic.
"...In this article, learn about changes and considerations when
upgrading from PHP V5.2..."
The ABC's of PHP: Introduction to PHP
"Hey ma...I've just heard that the latest and greatest thing is PHP, so
I'm gonna go learn me some PHP and write a web-based game that will rock
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Web Standards in Indonesia - a university web developer perspective
By Henny Swan.
"When in Indonesia Bruce Lawson, co-lead of the Accessibility Task Force,
got the opportunity to interview Widianto Nugroho from Institut Teknologi
Bandung. What follows is the transcript of their chat as well as links to
useful resources for anyone interested in web standards in Indonesia..."
To Hell With Bad Browsers - the Sequel
By Peter-Paul Koch.
"Almost exactly eight years ago, Jeffrey Zeldman wrote To Hell With Bad
Browsers, in which he implored web developers to start ignoring Netscape
4 because its standard support sucked majorly. Yesterday several large
Norwegian sites placed a warning against IE6 on their pages..."
Fallback Options for HTML5 Video
By Chris Double.
"The HTML5 <video> element only works on a few, often bleeding edge,
browsers. For tinyvid I've been only supporting this subset of browsers.
Recently I put in support for a simple fallback option for other
This Week Day In HTML 5 - Episode 22
By Mark Pilgrim.
"The big news for February 11, 2009 is the addition of an algorithm to
parse a color in an IE-compatible way. r2776 lays it all out.."
ACTF Accessibility Probe
"The Accessibility Probe (AccProbe) is a standalone, Eclipse Rich-Client
Product (RCP) application that provides a view of the Microsoft Active
Accessibility (MSAA) or IAccessible2 hierarchy of a currently running
application or rendered document and of the properties of the accessible
objects of that application or document. It can also serve as an event
monitor for tracking the events fired by these accessible objects. It is
meant to combine the functionality of tools like Microsoft's Inspect32,
AccExplore, and AccEvent into one easy-to-use application for
accessibility testing and debugging..."
IE 8 Still Does Not Resize Text Sized in Pixels
By Roger Johansson.
"As most accessibility and usability aware web professionals know,
Internet Explorer does not by default allow the user to increase the size
of text whose size has been specified in CSS pixels..."
9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design
By Dmitry Fadeyev.
"By now, all good designers and developers realize the importance of
usability for their work. Usable websites offer great user experiences,
and great user experiences lead to happy customers. Delight and satisfy
your visitors, rather than frustrate and annoy them, with smart design
decisions. Here are 9 usability problems that websites commonly face, and
some recommended solutions for each of them..."
US State Tourism Web Site Design: Two Years On (Part 2)
By Christian Watson.
"In part one of my review of how US state tourism web sites have
progressed over the last two years, I covered the first 25 states. Here
are the remainder..."
Reviewing User Interfaces
By Rhonda Bracey.
"Has your boss or a client ever asked you to review a user interface for
a Web or desktop application? Perhaps the request went something like
this: Can you just look over these new screens for us? Oh, and can you
check the error messages, too? It won't take long! And, by the way, we
ship next month."
Patterns in UX Research
By Steve Baty.
"One of the key objectives of user research is to identify themes or
threads that are common across participants. These patterns help us to
turn our data into insights about the underlying forces at work,
influencing user behavior."
[Section one ends.]
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+13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
Cascading Style Sheets Information.
Evaluation & Testing Information.
Information Architecture Information.
Miscellaneous Web Information.
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Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information.
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