[webdev] Web Design Update: May 22, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri May 22 06:43:47 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 47, May 22, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 47 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Accessible Instructional Materials
By Skip Stahl Send and Brenda Loughery.
"The Course will equip participants with an awareness of: the barriers
presented by 'traditional' print instructional materials; an
understanding of the importance of flexible and accessible learning
resources; pertinent Special Education and Civil Rights legislation;
Copyright Law; national, state, and local systems of materials
acquisition and classroom use.."
Login as "guest"; Use enrollment key "aimcast"
Disadvantages or Testing with Screen Readers Alone
By Rosemary Musachio.
"A misconception exists that if an electronic and information
technology (E&IT) product is deemed accessible by a web content
developer who uses a screen reader as an analysis tool, the product
must be completely accessible. This is not the case..."
2009 Brings ADA Changes
By Greg Trapp.
"Greg Trapp is an attorney by training. He is the director of the New
Mexico Commission for the Blind and a longtime member of the National
Federation of the Blind. In the following brief article he explains in
layman's language the impact of the recent important amendments to the
Americans with Disabilities Act."
Web Accessibility Checklist
By University of Texas.
"How do I make my web site accessible?..."
On Combining title and alt on Images
By David Dorward.
"I can't imagine any circumstance where the alt text should be the same
as the title text ? since the alt should be an alternative to the
image, the title shouldn't be able to add any information to that which
is already expressed by the image..."
Opera MAMA - A Sneak Peek at Headings, Images and Summary
By Henny Swan.
"MAMA has been busy these last few weeks and we have some early results
coming in. Based on feedback and requests here is a snapshot of what
the web's made of and some quick and dirty analysis. The results are
based on 4225113 URL's tested from over 250 countries; more about the
methodology can be found in Dev Opera. It's worth noting that the
numbers do not all add up as URLs may fulfill a number of the
criterion. As such the percentages are also there as a guide line..."
Refreshable Braille and the Web
By Roger Hudson.
"Many people have not had the opportunity to see someone use a
refreshable Braille device to access the web. I recently videoed Bruce
Maguire describing how he uses the internet with a refreshable Braille
display. He also demonstrates finding a book on the Amazon site.
Transcript of the video is at the end of this document..."
Importance of HTML Headings for Accessibility
By Raymond Selda.
"...One way to make your site more accessible is through the use of
headings. Headings in HTML are created with the h1-h6 elements and they
should be used as headings just like the ones you see in newspapers,
books and other print documents..."
Specializing in Accessibility
By Tom Jewett.
"I am maintaining this site as a repository for many of the documents
that I created for the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative, including
some that have been modified since that time and possibly some that I
will be testing in the future..."
Obama's Web Transparency: Not For Everybody
By Joe Dolson.
"President Barack Obama's approach to information transparency is
admirable. His connection to the public through the major media
channels of the digital age: the White House web site, Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube, and other social media methods is impressive. It's a
great way for the public to keep up to date on the activities of their
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Don't Forget About :active
By Ross Johnson.
"...I really advocate the adoption of it as normal standards based
markup. If it becomes a convention than users will expect some sort of
notification that a link was clicked and even it happens to fast on the
pages that load right away, they know to look for it."
10 Useful CSS Properties Not Supported By Internet Explorer
By Impressive Webs.
"...In this post, I'll describe 10 properties that can be quite useful
but have little or no support in Internet Explorer..."
The Cascade and Ordering External Stylesheet Links
By Virginia DeBolt.
"The Cascade in Cascading Style Sheets can determine how a web page
displays. The purpose of the Cascade is to resolve conflicts when more
than one rule applies to an element on an HTML page. Factors such as
specificity, inheritance, and the order of the rules within a style
sheet can all affect the way rules Cascade."
CSS Properties and Values, with Browser Support
By Estelle Weyl.
"CSS Properties Index..."
Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS
By Andy Clarke.
"How do you answer the Internet Explorer 6 question?..."
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Are you Measuring the Right Things?
By Gerry McGovern.
"Having enormous quantities of people visit gargantuan numbers of pages
on your website is the only metric that matters. (Santa Claus is a
woman who lives in the Bahamas.)..."
International PHP Conference 2009 Call for Papers
May 25-27, 2009.
Designed-in Accessibility Webinar
May 28, 2009.
An Introduction to W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices
June 1 - July 31, 2009.
June 27, 2009.
London, United Kingdom
By Stefan Mischook.
Do Not Remove the Outline From Links and Form Controls
By Roger Johansson.
"An addition to my post "Don't forget keyboard navigation" is that you
should never use the outline CSS property to remove the indicator that
most browsers display when a focusable element receives keyboard focus.
Designing for Faceted Search
By Stephanie Lemieux, Earley and Associates.
"Faceted search, or guided navigation, has become the de facto standard
for e-commerce and product-related websites, from big box stores to
product review sites. But e-commerce sites aren't the only ones joining
the facets club..."
MySQL and PHP: How to Make it Work Without Killing Your Server
By Marc Plotz.
"There are currently over 25 Million websites powered by PHP. If you
had the time (and patience, nevermind the means) to check all of them,
you would most certainly find that most use PHP in conjunction with a
MySQL Database. The reasons for this is simple: they work extremely
well together, they are relatively simple to integrate and they are
Introduction to JSON and PHP
By Frank Lakatos.
"So you've heard the fanfare over JSON, but still haven't had the
opportunity to dive into using it. Well, as a matter of fact, you may
have been using JSON all along and not known it. Compounded by the fact
that since PHP 5.2 there is native support for JSON, learning how to
send data between your client and your server just got a whole lot
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
RDFa in HTML
By Sam Ruby.
"A number of efforts seem to have sprouted up in the past few days..."
When Social Media Closes Door
By Shelley Powers.
"I have work to do, trying to pull a lot of pieces together into some
semblance of a balanced and comprehensive document on HTML5, RDFa,
Microdata, et al, but first, I need decompression time from an excess
of social media this last week. I don't know how all of you can manage
the various weblog/mailing list/IRC/Twitter et al lives. I personally
feel as if my brain has been ripped out through my eyeballs by sadistic
The Week of Microdata
By Kyle Weems.
"It's been a really busy week for microdata. So busy that I haven't
personally had a chance to read up on all the details of the various
announcements. That won't stop me from trying to summarize it all for
In Search of Microformats
By Ben Ward.
"It's been a very busy week for users of microformats. We made our
announcement of the important new value-class-pattern over the weekend.
That's the culmination of a huge amount of brainstorming and community
effort, and offers great improvements to using microformats accessibly
and in international contexts..."
Persuading Microsoft to Implement Canvas
"Everyone must be very aware at this point that the words 'Microsoft'
and 'Canvas' are usually combined to form negative sentences. But this
does not have to be the case. As it stands, there are two options to
consider when trying to use Processing.js in Internet Explorer..."
Whatever Happened to font-stretch?
By Richard Rutter.
"The font-stretch property was introduced in CSS 2.0 over ten years
ago, but was culled in the transition to CSS 2.1. It now languishes in
the dormant CSS 3 Fonts module. The property instructed browsers to
select a 'normal, condensed, or extended face from a font family'. Its
removal from CSS 2.1 was due to a complete lack of implementation by
browsers. Unfortunately this leaves us with a gaping hole regarding
The Userability Podcast
"Live at the Voices That Matter Conference 2009, authors Robert Hoekman
Jr. and Jared Spool field audience questions and share their thoughts
on the usability of iPhone applications, interaction design frameworks,
specific design criteria for mobile apps, and why it is still too early
for iPhones to be usable..."
Using Input Fields Fit For Purpose
By Dmitry Fadeyev.
"...Making fields larger is usually a non issue since the space right
of them is almost always blank, so developers should really spend that
extra minute to set correct field sizes (or choose correct field types)
that would be fit for their intended purpose."
The Cost of Bad Forms
By Jessica Enders.
"If you've ever dipped into the world of forms, you'll know that no
matter what their background, people can spend hours debating
incredibly fine points of forms design, such as whether to use colons
after field labels, or how those field labels should be aligned..."
Usability and UI Designs Should Go Hand-in-Hand
"When I asked my Dad to help me by doing some charitable donation
towards my wallet as I had to buy the Nokia 8800(Gold), he mysteriously
smiled and told me to check my wallet the next morning. To my utter
surprise, I found a note that said 'Mobile phones are meant for
talking. What to do with a flashy jazzy instrument. Please find Rs 500
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+11: 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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