[webdev] Web Design Update: July 1, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Wed Jul 1 03:52:44 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 01, July 1, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 01 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.
05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization
By Web Accessibility Initiative.
This document has been updated. "It covers the social, technical,
financial, and legal and policy factors in the business case for Web
accessibility. Each section presents different aspects of Web
accessibility along with guidance on developing a customized business
Recent updates details:
ITU-T Accessibility Resource
By International Telecommunication Union.
"A new portal bringing together many standardization resources on
accessibility has been launched."
UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People - Article 9:
"To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and
participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take
appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on
an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to
transportation, to information and communications, including
information and communications technologies and systems, and to other
facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban
and in rural areas. These measures, which shall include the
identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to
accessibility, shall apply to, inter alia..."
Table of Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users
and People with Disabilities
By Web Accessibility Initiative.
This page contains information from the 'Shared Web Experiences'
document in an alternative table format. Please see the main page,
Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and
People with Disabilities, for an introduction to this information.
Transcribe Your Podcasts
By Christopher Schmitt.
"...With a transcription, you gain so much: improve search results,
accessible content, browser-agnostic content. For the price of some
decent hardware, you get to move your content to more eyes-not just
ears. If you aren't willing to put down the money do that, then why are
you publishing in the first place?"
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Cascade - A Simple Step-by-Step Presentation
By Russ Weakley.
"Here is a presentation I gave on the CSS cascade at a company training
session recently. A simple step-by-step tutorial on the CSS cascade -
for web designers and developers who are new to CSS or have struggled
with the Cascade..."
A Primer on the CSS Font Shorthand Property
By Impressive Webs.
"...In this article I'll describe how the css font shorthand property
is used, how it can be misused, and what potential drawbacks there
might be to including it in your CSS code..."
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Top Six Don'ts for Usability Testing
By Jeff Sexton.
"1. Never ask, 'What do you think about this?' 2. Don't feed the tester
your question. 3. Don't let users be the designers. 4. Don't let the
statistics fool you. 5. Don't get discouraged. 6. Don't try to test too
much at once."
September 30 - October 1, 2009.
Logan, Utah, U.S.A.
+05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
The 7 Wonders of Wireframes
By Paul Boag.
"Quick, hand drawn wireframes can provide substantial benefits that
will save you time and money..."
The Evolution of Client-Side Scripting
By Bobby van der Sluis.
"An overview of all major browser scripting engine innovations and new
DOM APIs that have recently arrived or will hopefully come our way
Does Multitasking Kill Your Focus and Productivity?
By Alyssa Gregory.
"I like to think of myself as the master of multitasking..."
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Introducing The Open Web Education Alliance
By Aaron Walter.
"The W3C recently announced an exciting new incubator group - The Open
Web Education Alliance (OWEA) - that is certain to have a significant
impact on helping web standards and best practices find their way into
classrooms around the world..."
<html> 5 Doctor
By Rich Clark, Bruce Lawson, Jack Osborne, Mike Robinson, Remy Sharp
and Tom Leadbetter.
"...We will publish articles relating to HTML5 and it's semantics and
how to use them, here and now. We will also be inviting questions, in
the form of 'Ask the doctor' to help answer people's queries and
questions. Answers will be posted in the form of articles for all to
HTML5 Video Fallbacks with Markup
By Christopher Blizzard.
create video elements on the fly. While that was a good use case for
the Mozilla's support site in this post we offer another set of methods
that will likely find more use on the web. In fact you can see it in
use on Mozilla's What's New in Firefox 3.5 video, this blog and we're
starting to see pickup on the web as a whole..."
HTML 5 Accessibility
By Steve Faulkner.
Steve's Standards.Next presentation slides.
HTML5 and XHTML2
By Michael(tm) Smith.
Mike's Web Directions presentation slides.
Concerning Flash and HTML5
By Ben Ward.
"Earlier today I took a certain amount of pleasure ripping into Jon
Dowdells disingenuous Adobe on HTML5 post from last week. However, I
happen to think that there are some useful points to be made about the
relationship between Flash and HTML5, and how one affects the other..."
A Selection of Supported Features in HTML5
By Molly E. Holzschlag.
"This information is provided as is, please know that HTML5 is a
rapidly evolving specification and this refers only to these specific
features in current versions of Web browsers (Chrome 1, Firefox 3, IE8,
Opera 9.64, Safari 4.0) unless otherwise noted."
Codecs HTML 5
By Tristan Nitot.
"Ian Hickson Hixie, who wrote the HTML 5 specification reviews the
codecs for the audio and video In essence, the HTML 5 recommendation
does not require a particular codec, because it is impossible to reach
agreement with stakeholders. Hixie explains the position of each..."
What Intranet Content Should be in PDF Format?
By Alex Manchester.
"...HTML is designed to be read on screen, while PDFs are really
designed to be printed out...One of the most popular uses for PDFs in
organizations is for forms. Yet, a modern intranet should be moving
away from using PDFs for this purpose, and instead using
fully-developed online forms (because intranets should be places for
doing things, not just finding and downloading material to be
XHTML Design Aims
"In designing XHTML 2, a number of design aims were kept in mind to
help direct the design. These included..."
[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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Until next time,
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
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