[webdev] Web Design Update: July 24, 2010
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Sat Jul 24 03:36:57 CDT 2010
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 9, Issue 04, July 24, 2010.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 04 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.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
HTML5 Change Proposal: Correct and Improve <img> Conformance Checker Guidance
Editor Laura Carlson.
"The Web Initiative Accessibility Coordination Group (WAI CG) convened
a special task force in 2009 to study HTML ISSUE-31 comprehensively.
The group provided a holistic solution to the problem which contains a
number of pieces that work together to enable automatic validators to
programmatically detect the presence or absence of text alternatives
on the <img> element in order for <img> to be considered valid. This
proposal implements WAI CG's recommendation. It improves the current
conformance checkers guidance for short text alternatives by..."
Long Text Alternative: Why Describe a Graph?
By Rachel McAlpine.
"...The WCAG 2.0 guidelines are flexible, and you'll see there are
numerous ways to meet the requirements..."
Designing Accessible Icons (Part 1 of 2)
By Tom Waterhouse.
"...these are a few key items to be aware of from an accessibility
point of view. In the next section we'll be covering off the actual
designing of an accessible and useful icon."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
How to Use CSS3 Media Queries to Create a Mobile Version of Your Website
By Rachel Andrew.
"CSS3 continues to both excite and frustrate web designers and
developers. We are excited about the possibilities that CSS3 brings,
and the problems it will solve, but also frustrated by the lack of
support in Internet Explorer 8. This article will demonstrate a
technique that uses part of CSS3 that is also unsupported by Internet
Explorer 8. However, it doesn't matter as one of the most useful
places for this module is somewhere that does have a lot of support -
small devices such as the iPhone, and Android devices..."
Bulletproof CSS3 Media Queries
By Vladimir Carrer.
"...CSS3 Media Queries are cheap and easy way to optimize your web
site for various devices. With this solution you can safely cover 99%
of PC browsers and the modern mobile browsers (iPhone, iPad, Android,
new webkit BlackBerry and the new Opera Browsers)."
My Thoughts on LESS
By Inayaili de Leon.
"I've started using LESS a few months ago on a few projects. LESS
allows you to extend the way you write CSS, letting you use variables,
nested selectors, operations and mixins. It sounds great - and it is
great - but there are a few things that can make it work against you.
These are some of my thoughts on LESS."
Working Around CSS3 Hacks
By Adrian Roselli.
"Until CSS3 is a final specification, we can expect to see browser
makers attempting to implement some of the ideas on their own,
sometimes with a nod to the forthcoming spec and sometimes without a
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Myth #22: Usability Testing is Expensive
By Zoltan Gocza.
"...usability tests can be both fast and relatively cheap. You don't
need expensive prototypes; low-tech paper prototype tests can also
bring valuable results. You don't need a lot of participants either,
even 5 users can be enough to test for specific tasks, and the
recruiting can also be done guerilla-style. For many projects, you can
even use remote and unmoderated tests..."
Groundhog Day, or, the Problem with A/B Testing
By Jeff Atwood.
"...That's the problem with A/B testing. It's empty. It has no
feeling, no empathy, and at worst, it's dishonest..."
Learn HTML5 with John Allsopp
Starts July 26, 2010.
Learn CSS3 with John Allsopp
Starts August 16, 2010.
Accessibility London Unconference
September 21, 2010.
London, United Kingdom.
jQuery, A Designer's Perspective
By Emily Lewis.
"...This article only touches on the smallest bit of what jQuery can
do for you. There is so much more than the pre-built jQuery UI widgets
I've demonstrated. Not only are there interactions - such as resizing,
draggability and droppability - that are easy for designers to use
straight away, but once you get more proficient, you can modify and
create your own custom functionality..."
By Nicholas C. Zakas.
"Variable naming can be a source of coding angst for humans trying to
understand code. Once you're sure that a human doesn't need to
placeholders for values. Nicholas C. Zakas shows us how to further
Design Is a Process, Not a Methodology
By Pabini Gabriel-Petit.
"...I'll provide an overview of a product design process, then discuss
some indispensable activities that are part of an effective design
process, with a particular focus on those activities that are
essential for good interaction design. Although this column focuses
primarily on activities that are typically the responsibility of
interaction designers, this discussion of the product design process
applies to all aspects of UX design."
Faceted Navigation: Typical Structures for Values
By James Kalbach.
"Facets are categories that describe the properties of an object or
collection of objects. Facet categories then have values. In faceted
navigation schemes, the values are the things you click on to navigate
to a set of items or to filter a list. The type of structure that
those values have, however, can vary depending on the type of facet
you are dealing with..."
What's the Best Search Box Size?
By Christian Watson.
"...thought it would be interesting to review the search boxes of web
retailers to see if there were any best practices that could be
learned from them regarding search box size..."
Deciphering Magic Methods in PHP
By Steve Guidetti.
"PHP provides a number of 'magic' methods that allow you to do some
pretty neat tricks in object oriented programming. These methods,
identified by a two underscore prefix (__), function as interceptors
that are automatically called when certain conditions are met. Magic
methods provide some extremely useful functionality, and this tutorial
will demonstrate each method's use..."
10 Easy Examples for Deciphering PHP Regular Expressions
By W. Jason Gilmore.
"Regular expressions are the PHP programmer's equivalent of being
audited by the IRS. The mere thought of an encounter is enough to
cause heart palpitations. This isn't entirely without reason; after
all, regular expression syntax is almost as indecipherable as the
United States tax code, resulting in an almost automatic need to
consult a manual every time the programmer needs to perform a
particularly complex parsing task..."
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The Core Mission of W3C
By Jeff Jaffe.
"...Since HTML5 is core, it is important that we as a community get it
'right'. Since it is central to the next generation web, it evokes
strong opinions about what it means to 'get it right'. And as I
listened to the opinions they are all well reasoned and based on
knowledgeable and sensible views of how the future web will evolve..."
HTML5 in W3C Cheatsheet
By Dominique Hazael-Massieux.
"From the very first release of the cheatsheet, I've received requests
to include the various new elements and attributes of the HTML5
specification in the cheatsheet. As a reminder, the cheatsheet is a
mobile-friendly Web application that provides a compilation of useful
knowledge extracted from W3C specifications..."
5 Reasons Why You Can Use HTML5 Today
By Craig Buckler.
"In our recent poll, almost half the respondents stated it was too
early to use HTML5, while 3% claimed they would never use it. While
risks exist, there are several good reasons to invest in HTML5
Achieving and Balancing Consistency in User Interface Design
By Michael Zuschlag.
"Consistency is a fundamental design principle for usable user interfaces."
Complete Beginner's Guide to Content Strategy
By Andrew Maier.
"A common occurrence: you or someone you know wants to create content
and have it published online. A slightly less common occurrence?
Having that same someone articulate high aspirations for their
content. For those select few, instead of creating content destined
for some digital landfill, their content is special; it's going places
and it's taking them, their brand, and their experience with it..."
SVG with a Little Help from Raphael
By Brian Suda.
"Want to make fancy, interactive, scalable vector graphics (SVGs) that
look beautiful at any resolution and degrade with grace? Brian Suda
urges you to consider Raphael for your SVG heavy lifting."
[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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