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Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: December 7, 2017


- Volume 16, Issue 24, December 7, 2017.

An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.


SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?

New links in these categories:






06: HTML.





11: TOOLS.



13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?

[Contents ends.]

++ SECTION ONE: New references.


New Video Introduces Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

By Shawn Henry.

"The W3C WAI announces a new video introducing web accessibility and
W3C's accessibility standards…"

Web Accessibility Guidelines and How to Use Them

By Alastair Campbell.

"There's a bit of fuss at the moment because an update to the W3C's
accessibility guidelines is coming out soon, almost 10 years after the
last update…" 

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines-for People Who Haven't Read Them

By Alan Dalton.

"I've been a huge fan of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published them, nine years
ago. I've found them practical and future-proof, and I've found that
they can save a huge amount of time for designers and developers…"

5 Common Misconceptions About Web Accessibility

By Melanie Myers.

…Melanie Myers shares her journey into accessibility and the
misconceptions she uncovered that trip up many new to this digital

Providing Alternate Content for Screen Reader Users

By Sam Joehl.

"Sometimes, components of your user interface will communicate
information in a visual manner for which a programmatic or text
equivalent may not be available…" 

Thoughts On The Inclusive Web

By Allen West.

"…Allen West shares experiences from a user's perspective on the
inclusive web, illustrating the fluctuating level of accessibility and
the challenges that he faces, highlighting the varying priority that
accessibility has today…" 

Accessibility First: Rethinking the Way We Approach Website Design and

By Carie Fisher.

"The term Inclusive Design is not a new one…"

A11Y Style Guide

By Carie Fisher.

"This application is a living style guide, generated from KSS
documented styles...with an accessibility twist…"

Building an Inclusive Web: Why Accessibility Matters

By Sami Keijonen.

"Accessibility matters because we, the people, want to use the web.
Working towards an inclusive web helps us achieve that goal…" 

ESPN Web Accessibility Guide


Includes a checklist, types of disabilities, facts, HTML5 & ARIA, and
content types.

Five Ways in Which Artificial Intelligence Changes the Face of Web Accessibility

By Denis Boudreau.

"…This article will give you a prospective sense of where we're headed
with the technology. And what this means for accessibility and
inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space…" 

OCR Website Accessibility Complaints Hit Schools and Universities

By Vivian Cullipher.

"An onslaught of complaints filed with the U.S. Department of
Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) targets public and private
school websites that are inaccessible to people with disabilities…" 

California Passes Website Accessibility Requirements Applicable to
State Agencies

By Kristina M. Launey.

"California will soon have a new law requiring WCAG 2.0 AA compliance
for state agencies' websites by 2019…" 


Cascading Web Design with Feature Queries

By Chen Hui Jing.

"Feature queries, also known as the @supports rule, were introduced as
an extension to the CSS2 as part of the CSS Conditional Rules Module
Level 3, which was first published as a working draft in 2011…"

The (Far) Future of CSS (Video)

By Tab Atkins.

"Tab's CSS Day Conference presentation.

+03: DRUPAL.

Drupal Accessibility Quicksheet

By Mike Gifford, Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer.

"Drupal Core is leveraged by every module & theme on The
central APIs are critical in setting good standard defaults which are
inherited by sites built with it. This does not mean that all modules
or themes are equally accessible, as individual developers may
overlook or turn off best practices that are defined in Core. It
simply sets default states which can be either ignored or overridden
by the maintainer of the code…"


The Three Developers and the Insightful User Tester

By Scott O'Hara.

"…Scott O'Hara tells the classic tale of developers not aware of
accessibility and how user testing with a person with disabilities
highlights the classic errors made, and the revelations experienced
just before project launch…" 

Accessibility Testing

By Rian Rietveld.

"…In this post, I will go through the ways to use the web, which
guidelines we use, when to test, what to look out for when checking
for accessibility errors, and which checks and tools you should use to
help you with testing…"

5 Steps to Prepare For a Moderated Benchmark

By Jeff Sauro.

To make a moderated UX benchmark study more effective use a few
pre-study steps: review the study script, check the tech, perform a
dry-run, run a pilot, and check in with stakeholders. Formalizing
these steps in a simple checklist (like the one here) helps ensure
you're consistent and minimize common fail points…"

Warning: Your Web Survey is a Lot Less Reliable Than You Think

By David Travis.

"Because surveys usually involve hundreds of respondents, many design
teams value the findings from a survey more highly than the results
from small sample usability tests, user interviews and field visits.
But the results of most web surveys are biassed by coverage error and
non-response error. This means surveys, like most qualitative data in
user research, should be triangulated with other sources of data."

Over 40 Ways to Improve the UX of Your Online Surveys

By Neil Turner.

"…By not asking the right questions, in the right order, and in the
right way, you risk your survey generating a pile of data garbage,
rather than the useful feedback and insights that you were hoping

User Research is a Team Sport

By Ruth Ellison.

"When faced with complex challenges it can be very difficult to get
everyone on the same page. In this short piece, Ruth shares how one
simple change to her team's approach helped crack a difficult project
and create a successful outcome for everyone."

Measuring and Quantifying User Experience

By Matej Latin.

"…Let's take a look at three methods that can help us prove that our
work does make a difference…" 

The Ancient Art of Manual Usability Testing

By Kim Krause Berg.

"Automation and organic gardening have been on my mind and so has just
about everything else, while I create content maps for a manual
usability testing job for a client…" 

+05: EVENTS.

Getting Started in Accessibility
January 10, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. 

Applying Accessibility Criteria to Websites and Software
January 24, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Getting Started in Accessibility
February 1, 2018.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. 

Sustainable UX
February 15, 2018.

+06: HTML.

HTML5 autocomplete Attribute

By Rakesh Paladugula.

"Autocomplete is a new attribute in HTML5 specification. It is an
attribute of input element…"

Short Note on Making Your Mark (More Accessible)

By Steve Faulkner.

"…The HTML5 mark element provides a semantic way to highlight portions
of text, much as you would using a highlighter on paper…" 


Prototyping 101: The Difference between Low-Fidelity and High-Fidelity

Prototypes and When to Use Each

By Nick Babich.

"…If delivering a good user experience is the goal of your project -
and it should be - then prototyping must be a part of your UX design
process. It's crucial to choose the most effective method of
prototyping - minimizing work and maximizing learning - based on your
product's need. The end result will be overall improved design that is
based on prototype testing."


77% of 433,000 Sites Use Vulnerable JavaScript Libraries

By Tim Kadlec.

"Last week, we released our first annual State of Open Source Security
report. One of the discoveries the report mentions is that an analysis
of around 433,000 sites found that 77% of them use at least one
front-end JavaScript library with a known security vulnerability…"

Important Considerations Regarding Accessible Drag and Drop for Web Technologies

By Bryan Garaventa.

"I have noticed many differing ideas and solutions when the topic of
accessible drag and drop is mentioned, so I thought it might be
important to outline the core concepts and issues that need to be
addressed, the challenges now facing this effort, and the issues that
are likely to remain in the future regardless…" 


Videos from a11yclub: Talks from Heydon Pickering, Laura Kalbag, and

Detlev Fischer

By Contentful.

"As a side event of the beyond tellerrand conference, Contentful
hosted the sixth installment of Accessibility Club (a11yclub, for
short) on Monday, Nov. 6…"


Accessible Links Re:visited

By Maggie Costello Wachs.

"…we discovered during this audit that even small missteps in how we
style links and write link text can mean the difference between a
usable and unusable experience. Here's what we learned…"

+11: TOOLS.


By Stephanie Drescher.

"Sonarwhal is a linting tool, built by and for the web community. The
code is open source and lives under the JS Foundation. It helps web
developers and designers like me keep up with the constant change in
technology while simultaneously teaching how to code better websites."


Jobs-to-Be-Done in Your UX Toolbox

By Steph Troeth.

"…a 'job' in JTBD lingo is a way to express a user need or provide a
customer-centric problem frame that's independent of a solution…"

Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces

By Euphemia Wong.

"Follow Ben Shneiderman's 'Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design' if
you want to design great, productive and frustration-free user

Hick's Law: Making the Choice Easier for Users
By Mads Soegaard.
"…Understanding Hick's law means you can design so that more users
will visit and stay on your website…" 

The Heartwarming Story of Nelly & Neil

By Paul Boag.

"…So in 2018, I would encourage you to remember Nelly and to think a
little bit deeper about what your users actually need."

Writing Digital Copy for Specialists vs. General Audiences (Video)

By Kate Meyer.

"All people prefer web content that is digestible, but domain experts
have shared knowledge that changes the rules of plain language."

[Section one ends.]


+13: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?

Accessibility Information.

Association Information.

Book Listings.

Cascading Style Sheets Information.

Color Information.

Drupal Information.

Evaluation & Testing Information.

Event Information.

HTML Information.

Information Architecture Information.

JavaScript Information.

Miscellaneous Web Information.

Navigation Information.

PHP Information.

Sites & Blogs Listing.

Standards, Guidelines & Pattern Information.

Tool Information.

Typography Information.

Usability Information.

XML 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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[Issue ends.]