[webdev] Web Design Update: July 31, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Jul 31 06:44:53 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 05, July 31, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 05 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
05: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
NFB Files Section 508 Complaint Against Small Business Administration
"The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's oldest and largest
organization of blind people and
the leading advocate for equal access by the blind to information
technology, and Virgil Stinnett, a blind business owner from Honolulu,
Hawaii, filed an administrative complaint today with the Small Business
Administration (SBA). The complaint asserts that the SBA's Web site
violates Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act because it is
inaccessible to blind people who use text-to-speech screen access
technology or Braille displays to access information on the Internet.
Because of the inaccessibility of the SBA Web site, blind people cannot
fill out forms on the site or take online courses offered by the SBA..."
Will Mozilla Blow it on Captioning?
By Joe Clark.
"...Sylvia Pfeiffer et al. have been exploring the issue of captioning,
subtitling, and other forms of moving text as used on the Web. There's
too much of an insistence on an open standard to guarantee a successful
outcome (sometimes the best option is one somebody else owns), but for
today, let's consider some warning signs from Pfeiffer's recent
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Inheritance - A Simple Step-by-Step Tutorial
By Russ Weakly.
"Another company training session presentation - this time on CSS
inheritance. A simple, step-by-step presentation on CSS inheritance
that covers the document tree, rule sets, basic inheritance and
font-size inheritance. Hope you find it useful..."
The Definitive Guide to Using Negative Margins
By John Imbong.
"...Negative margins have a place in modern web design because of its
ability to position elements without any additional markup. With more
users switching to more updated browsers (IE8 included), the future
looks very bright for sites which rely on this technique..."
Text Blocks Over Image
By Chris Coyier.
"Someone recently asked me about this technique and my first reaction
was that it was probably a little too mundane to cover as a tutorial.
But then I got to thinking that there is actually a few interesting
things happening here and the style is trendy enough people might be
Web Education Rock Summit
August 5-8, 2009.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Understand and Use WAI-ARIA
August 14, 2009, in London, United Kingdom.
September 25, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
November 27, 2009 in London, United Kingdom.
Interview: Bruce Lawson
"Opera's web evangelist Bruce Lawson foresees a future in which much of
the world leapfrogs the desktop and jumps straight onto the mobile web,
and standards are more important than ever. He tells Oliver Lindberg
how we can create one web for all"
+05: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The Most Pressing Accessibility issue in HTML5 Today?
By John Foliot.
"...finding a solution for <canvas> is going to be both vexing and
messy, I suggested to Bruce that completing the <video> element to
properly address accessibility before Last Call (currently scheduled
for October, 2009) was likely even more pressing. Here's why..."
Accessibility of HTML 5 Video
By Bruce Lawson.
"...If HTML 5 video is going to catch on (and we all hope plugin-less
video that can be manipulated with scripting, integrate with canvas and
SVG will catch on), it needs to be able to compete with captioning
plugins, especially if The Twenty-first Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act of 2009 looks close to becoming law."
HTML5: A Story in Progress
By Shelley Powers.
"...Technology should enable, not obfuscate..."
When Deprecate is Obsolete
By Shelley Powers.
"...The HTML 5 working draft lists various ways a person can document
the structure of a table, but none of these ways fulfill the same
purpose of summary. If they did, we could deprecate the summary
attribute, with a reference to the replacement. But since these
alternatives don't serve the same purpose, summary has to continue as a
viable, active attribute until replaced by something else..."
Canvas vs SVG
By T.V Raman.
"...'sprinkling' ARIA in dynamic SVG or Canvas controls will solve
nothing --- most of the semantics of such controls that would be
needed to help a blind user work with such controls will need to
be coded by the developer via context-specific script
handlers. (These handlers would in turn manipulate the low-level
ARIA bits in a concerted manner to produce the desired end-user
Separating Canvas out of HTML 5
By Shelley Powers.
"...One simplification of HTML 5 I would make is to remove the Canvas
section from the specification..."
Can HTML5 Make Accessibility Usable?
By Jonny Axelsso.
"Following up the discussion on Accessible drag and drop using
WAI-ARIA, I think HTML5 may be a huge win for accessibility. HTML4 was
filled with good intentions, HTML5 should be filled with good
Why Standards Fail
By Jeffery Zeldman.
"...To the extent that W3C specifications remain modular, practical,
and accessible to the non-PhD in computer science, they will be adopted
by browser makers and the marketplace. The farther they depart from the
principles Bert articulated, the sooner they will peter out into
nothingness, and the likelier we are to face a crisis in which web
standards once again detach from the direction in which the web is
actually moving, and the medium is given over to incompatible,
Why (Some) Standards Fail
By Daniel Glazman.
"...Standards are not only documents. They're not only made for the
greatest benefit of Humanity. They're a battlefield. A battlefield
where everyone smiles at the other and has a drink with the group after
work but a battlefield full of war sagas and full of dead ideas and
codes. Dead companies too. Such a situation does not always end up in
good compromises. Some compromises are weak, some are even dangerous.
Some are bloody. So yes, SOME standards fail. Because standards are
made by human beings, because human beings can make mistakes and
because human beings - standards authors and users - are the most
painful species on this planet, rarely happy with what they have in
The HTML 5 Experiments
By Bruce Lawson.
Bruce's HTML 5 presentation slides.
An Essay on W3C's Design Principles
By Bert Bos, 06 Mar 2003.
"Contrary to appearances, the W3C specifications are for the most part
not designed for computers, but for people..."
Navigation preview tool for rapid IA prototyping
Font In Your Face
By Divya Manian.
"...here is the 'A to Z' of what @font-face means now and what it will
mean for the future of web design..."
Writing for the Web
By Christian Heilmann.
"...The main thing to remember is that text on the web is not published
in one place but spreads throughout the web as bookmarks, links and
references. Therefore it is very important to chunk texts up into
easily digestible and repeatable chunks and make your headlines and
document titles work without the context of the full text..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: 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
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