[webdev] Web Design Update: April 20, 2007
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Apr 20 06:23:29 CDT 2007
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 5, Issue 44, April 20, 2007.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 44 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
07: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
12: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
15: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Initiative Spurs User-Friendly Technology
By Sacramento State University.
"Sacramento State is stepping up efforts to make its information
technology services and instructional materials accessible to persons
with disabilities. The move is part of the CSU system's Accessible
Technology Initiative. The three priorities of the initiative are: web
accessibility, which will bring all campus web pages in compliance with
accessibility standards; instructional materials accessibility, which
will provide for textbooks and printed material, as well as electronic
presentations, to meet accessibility standards; and accessible
electronic and information technology procurement, which ensures that
all products purchased will adhere to accessibility standards.'Our goal
is to have these services ready for all students, faculty, staff and
the campus community, regardless of disability, before they need to ask
Taking Accessibility to an International Level
By Henny Swan.
"Over the last few months I've been closely watching the progress of
the December 2006 United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities. This marks an exciting shift in the
accessibility arena as it is the first time that accessibility is
mentioned in an international human rights initiative. While the Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI) publishes technical guidelines on how to
make websites accessible there has been no global movement to date that
outlines the framework of what must be done..."
It Pays to Play by the Rules - Compliance, Accessibility and SEO
By Mark Jackson.
"If you can deliver an accessible website, you may have just created a
tremendous market growth opportunity for yourself..."
Adding Value: Providing Transcripts for Podcasts
By Sharon Perry.
"I've just listened to a podcast by EASI (Equal Access to Software and
Information) on RSS/Podcast Basics. As well as covering the basics of
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and podcasting, it also briefly
touched on podcast accessibility..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
By Eric A Meyer.
"...here's my version of reset.css, based off of the YUI styles."
By Eric A Meyer.
"Here's the latest version of my 'baseline' style sheet, with some
changes based on feedback from readers on the original post..."
What Happens in Quirks Mode?
By Jukka K. Korpela.
"In Quirks Mode, browsers have been observed to behave in the following
ways, though not all browsers exhibit all of these features..."
Create a Teaser Thumbnail List Using CSS: Part 1 - Updated
By Zoe Gillenwater.
"Teaser thumbnail lists are those lists of items made up of a title,
short description, and thumbnail. They're often used to provide short
teasers that link to more information about the products, articles, or
sections of the site being listed. This tutorial will go over one way
to structure the XHTML and CSS to create such a list that maximizes
flexibility for the site owner and accessibility for the end user. The
resulting list will feature a fixed-width, grid-like design, with the
thumbnails aligned to the left and the title and description for each
item sitting to the right. All with only 23 lines of CSS! This updated
version of the original tutorial, published in March 2006, includes
slightly modified CSS to allow the list to accept text that is very
short or images that are very tall without overlaps occurring.
Fortunately, the CSS required for this enhancement is not significantly
more than the CSS required for the first version, so even if you don't
anticipate having short text or tall images, it's best to use this new
version from now on."
By Tommy Olsson.
"In the first article in a brand new column here at Digital Web, we
begin our series examining the fundamental skills that any web designer
should master. Online veteran and markup expert Tommy Olsson takes a
detailed look at the sometimes confusing art of CSS positioning."
Understanding the New Dreamweaver CS3 CSS Layouts
By Stephanie Sullivan.
"Jumpstart your web designs by basing them on the starter CSS Layouts
that ship with Dreamweaver CS3."
Migrating from Adobe GoLive CS2 to Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
"Learn what you need to do to get your GoLive sites to work in
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Cue: A Usability Testing Bake-Off
By Jared Spool.
"...Because we're often working by ourselves, having an external
reference point to compare our work to is important. For apple pie
bakers, the bake-off is where we can learn from others. In the world of
usability testing, the CUE studies are quickly becoming the focal point
for these comparisons."
Todcon: The Other Dreamweaver Conference
June 11-13, 2007.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June 30-July 4, 2007.
Charlesworth Bay, Australia.
IADIS: International Conference WWW/Internet 2007
October 5-8, 2007
Vila Real, Portugal.
UI12: User Interface 12 Conference
November 5-8, 2007.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Captioning in Flash CS3
By Andrew Kirkpatrick.
"want to highlight my favorite new feature in Flash CS3 - Flash
captioning. There is a new component, named FLVPlaybackCaptioning,
which works in cooperation with the FLVPlayback component to make
delivering captioning in Flash really easy."
+07: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
IA Summit Sessions
"Here's the full list of presentations and panels..."
Enterprise IA Methodologies
By James Robertson.
"Information architects working within enterprises are confronted by
unique challenges, relating to organizational culture, business
processes, and internal politics. James Robertson pulls the strands of
situational spaghetti to get to the root of the project."
By Tony Patton.
"Accessing and manipulating the various elements on a Web page is a
HTML Document Object Model (DOM). In this article, I examine the
various ways to access page elements and describe how to create them..."
Ten Questions for Lachlan Hunt
By Russ Weakley.
"Lachlan Hunt is a freelance, front-end web developer, primarily
professionally in the industry for 3 years. As a developer and advocate
of web standards, he is well known for his involvement with the
community through his blog, Lachy's Log, participation in various
mailing lists, including WSG, and involvement with the development of
web standards including HTML and CSS through public mailing lists and,
more recently, as a W3C Invited Expert. Lachlan talks about HTML5,
By Jonathan Nicol.
"A couple of months back I wrote a post about the importance of making
links look like links. From the comments left by readers it was clear
that peoples opinions differ widely on the best way to style links, so
I thought I'd follow up with a brief survey of the various ways it is
possible to make links stand out on a page. I won't be talking in this
article about links in navigation menus, headings, or buttons, only
inline links that appear within the body copy of a web page. We cannot
rely on visual context to make it obvious to users that inline links
are clickable, and therefore their appearance is crucial."
Sitemaps are Stupid
By Lyle Kantrovich.
"I've thought that sitemaps are a Bad Idea for about 10 years now. Ten
year later I finally got around to writing a blog post about why I
think they are stupid. Here are a few things to consider..."
PHP 5 Security Techniques
By Larry Ullman.
"Most beginning programmers fail to understand the truth about
security: there is no such thing as "secure" or "insecure." The wise
programmer knows that the real question is how secure a site is. The
focus in this sample chapter is therefore how to make your applications
Why Are PHP Books and Videos Hard for People?
By Stefan Mischook.
"I've read 20+ books on PHP and have watched many videos. One thing
that I found consistent about all of them was how they were not
'friendly' to non-nerd types..."
ZCE (Zend Certified Engineer) Study Group
"Get ready to dive in to certification studies! Join fellow phpWomen
members in the new ZCE Study Group forum for some question and answer
and a lot of test prep."
+12: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Virginia Tech Tragedy: Lessons Learned in Crisis Communication a Day
After the Unthinkable
By Karine Joly.
"...When a crisis occurs, immediately drop all images, flash, video,
from your web site. The VT homepage crashed around 10 a.m. because of
traffic. They went to an almost text-only page very early on and it
still was difficult to get to the homepage for information....Post
statements in print only first. Again, VT was trying to provide as much
information as possible and they posted podcasts from their president.
A great idea, but with the volume of traffic, I believe the bandwidth
required dramatically slowed access to the site...Use an alternative
source or site to distribute key information..."
Web Standards Documentary Project
By Aarron Walter.
"The Interactive Media Design department at The Art Institute of
Atlanta has been teaching the merits of Web Standards in our curriculum
since 2002. Over the years, we have seen many of our students
evangelize the importance of Web Standards to their employers in and
around Atlanta, Georgia. Below is a selection of audio interviews with
some of our students who have introduced Web Standards to their
employers, some with a successful outcome, and others not. By
documenting students' experiences in the industry, my hope is to learn
a bit about how changes are being made, and when their efforts are not
successful discover why so we might address issues in the curriculum if
possible. In some business situations, adopting Web Standards means
tossing aside or rebuilding giant Content Management Systems, which may
not currently be seen as a plausible option. Perhaps if the benefits
are presented well enough, change is still possible..."
Semantics - Why Bother?
By Mel Pedley.
"A great deal has been written about semantic markup and its
importance. Some of this material has been written by purists who
defend semantics because they like the logic and structure that
semantic markup can convey. That's all very well and good, but what
does semantic markup mean? And what practical usage does it have?"
Stop Writing Garbage Code, Please
By Mike Cherim.
"As most of my readers know, one of the things I do is make themes and
templates for WordPress web logs and stand-alone sites. The themes and
templates I make are accessible, universal, standards-compliant, and
strictly valid. I take a lot of pride in what I produce and I try to
turn out nothing but the highest quality stuff. Once users download the
fruits of my labor, my responsibility of quality control ends and the
users take the reigns. That's when things sometimes go awry. But in
many instances, it's not the users' fault..."
By Rosie Sherry.
"...some small and simple steps that everyone can bear in mind..."
Scroll Stoppers at MensHealth.com
By Jared Spool.
"...Observing users reacting to scroll stoppers can give designers the
mistaken belief that users don't like to scroll. However, all the
evidence we've collected suggests that's not true at all. They love to
scroll, assuming the page makes it clear there's something to scroll
Show Numbers as Numerals When Writing for Online
By Jakob Nielsen.
"It's better to use '23' than 'twenty-three' to catch users' eyes when
they scan Web pages for facts, according to eyetracking data."
Poll Results: 50.4 Percent of Respondents Maximize Windows
By Roger Johansson.
"When I posted my recent poll on Web browser window size I was
expecting at the very most a couple of hundred comments. I obviously
underestimated my readers' willingness to participate, because when I
finally closed comments the count was 1070, with the total amount of
setups reported landing at 1385. 1070 comments. Wow..."
Why Simplicity is Essential to Web Design
By Gerry McGovern.
"A simple website charges you less time. A complex website charges you
more time. Time is your most precious resource."
Where are the Women? Where are the Links?
By Jeffery Zeldman.
"...every time I think I can stop talking about these obvious, simple
truths, some crazy bad 90s style train wreck hits me headlong and makes
me weep anew."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+15: 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
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University of Minnesota Duluth
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