[webdev] Web Design Update: July 7, 2007
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Sat Jul 7 05:22:55 CDT 2007
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 6, Issue 02, July 7, 2007.
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.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
10: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Improving Accessibility for Motor Impaired Users
By Trenton Moss.
"The unique requirements for motor impaired web users can often be
overlooked or poorly implemented. Motor impairments can be caused by a
stroke, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a physical
disability or even a broken arm. This group of users essentially have
limited or no ability to use a mouse."
Jaws, Window Eyes, Parallels, and Boot Camp
By Jared Smith.
"Screen readers and my HP laptop have never been friends. JAWS causes
major stability issues. Window Eyes stutters a lot. Now that I have an
Intel-based Mac with Parallels and Boot Camp for running Windows, I
have found the perfect screen reader testing system. Parallels is a
program that allows Windows to run within a window under OSX. Boot Camp
allows you to boot into Windows on a Mac computer. Both of these
applications work with Intel-based Macs only and support the most
popular screen readers - JAWS and Window Eyes. Below are a few tips to
ensure they install and function well..."
London 2012 Olympics Branding Film Causes Epileptic Seizures
By Roger Johansson.
"One thing to keep in mind when introducing any kind of flashing on the
Web is the possibility of it causing seizures in people who have
photosensitive epilepsy. It's one of the basics of Web accessibility,
and the fact that flashing or strobing can trigger epileptic seizures
is widely known even among people who do not work in the field of
Web Accessibility Guidelines Update
By Shawn Henry.
Shawn's presentation at Yahoo is available on video.
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS: Using Percentages in Background-Image
By Alex Walker.
"...I thought I'd share some of my research on CSS background images..."
Dreamweaver CS3 CSS Templates
By Meryl Evans.
"Dreamweaver CS3 adds pre-designed CSS layouts with inline comments to
help you understand the CSS. If you start with a blank page using HTML,
you have a choice of over 30 templates -- all based on CSS. The
templates range in the number of columns and can be liquid (site adapts
to browser window size), fixed/absolute (does not resize), elastic
(changes based on text size, not browser window size), and hybrid
(combo of any other options)..."
Zend PHP Conference
October 8-11, 2007.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Drag and Drop
By Peter-Paul Koch.
"Here's a simple accessible drag and drop script. It works with both
mouse and keyboard."
By Christian Heilmann.
I just went through an exercise for a DOM scripting course with the YUI
and had the task to write a function that takes any element and centers
it at the current cursor position. I also wanted to make sure that the
displayed object never causes scrollbars or gets cut off when the
cursor is too high up the document..."
Websites: Designed by Dogs, Managed by Cats
By Gerry McGovern.
"A key danger in website design is over-ambition. We need to design a
website we can professionally manage."
Let There be Web Divisions
By Jeffery Zeldman.
"We are still crunching numbers on the Web Design Survey-with over
32,000 responses to 36 questions, there's a lot to crunch. But in one
area, preliminary data supports what anecdotal experience led us to
expect: almost no one who makes websites works in their company or
organization's web division. That's because almost no company or
organization has a web division. And that void on the org chart is one
reason we have so many bloated, unusable failures where we should be
producing great user experiences. Ponder. No matter how critical the
web experience may be to the organization's mission, the people who
design and build those mission-critical sites work in divisions that
have nothing to do with the web, and report to leaders whose expertise
is unrelated to web design and development. It's a startling fact with
profound implications-and as such has gone unnoticed by the business
community and press..."
AJAX and PHP Part 2 - XML Communication/Processing
By Jon Campbell.
"AJAX and PHP 5 both have powerful features for processing and using an
XML document. XML is a method of formatting data often for
communication purposes between different computer systems. In this
article, we will show you how to access an XML document with AJAX!..."
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Web Standards for Skeptics
By Michael Montgomery.
Slides from Michael RefreshMiami presentation.
"Looking for a way to see how your web creations will look on iPhone?
Look no further. iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing
environment-powered by Safari-that you can use when developing web
sites for iPhone. It's the perfect 320 by 480-pixel canvas for your
iPhone development. And it's free...Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later..."
Optimizing Web Applications and Content for iPhone
"The following guidelines will help you prepare web content and design
a website or web-based application for iPhone. If you are a seasoned
web developer, there are probably just a few refinements you can make
to ensure that your site looks great and works best on iPhone. You'll
need to read only those guidelines that are unique to iPhone. If you
are fairly new to web development, you'll want to make sure that you
understand web standards and established web design best practices
before following any iPhone-specific guidelines..."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+10: 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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