Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:52:44 -0500
From: Laura Carlson <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Subject: [webdev] Web Design Update: July 1, 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 case."
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: Accessibility
"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
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 soon..."
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
<html> 5 Doctor
By Rich Clark, Bruce Lawson, Jack Osborne, Mike Robinson, Remy Sharp and Tom
"...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 learn from..."
HTML5 Video Fallbacks with Markup
By Christopher Blizzard.
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
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
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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