[webdev] Web Design Update: February 12, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Feb 12 15:30:38 CST 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 7, Issue 33, February 12, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 33 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Web Accessibility 3.0: Learning From The Past, Planning For The Future
By Brian Kelly and Liddy Nevile.
"In this paper the authors think afresh about the problems of social
inclusion and argue that "Web accessibility 3.0" must be very different
from the WAI WCAG 1.0 and holistic accessibility approaches if it is ever
to be effective..."
Accessibility and Pedagogy in eLearning
By Martyn Cooper.
Martyn provides a few highlights from a new paper that he is writing.
Designing Accessible Websites
By Brooke Marshall.
"For the third-largest minority group in the United States - more than 40
million people - the vast majority of Websites are partially or
New Technology Translates Lectures into Sign Language
By Stephanie Steinberg.
"For most students, a laptop or a college-ruled notebook is enough to get
through most lecture classes at the University. For hearing impaired
students, the process is much more challenging. They need both a
translator to transcribe the lecture and then extra time to read through
the notes once class is over. Using a cell phone, two University students
have a plan to completely change the way hearing impaired students attend
By TV Raman.
"Designing eyes-free interaction on mobile devices presents a fertile
ground for user-interface innovations. This is because mobile devices
sport a variety of interesting I/O peripherals that enable the UI
designer to minimize explicit user interaction. Here are a set of slides
describing some of this research presently being carried out on the
Android platform. This talk was given at Stanford as part of a class
taught by David Jaffey."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Aiding Keyboard Usage With :focus Cues
By Mike Davies.
"Knowing where the keyboard focus is at any time is critical for keyboard
users to navigate through and to a particular page. It's not only screen
reader users who don't use a mouse, many disabilities leave the keyboard
as the only viable way to interact with a computer whilst still using a
Reusable CSS Files/Reset and Fonts
By Niels Matthijs.
"This article will handle base css files and will explain (and put into
focus) the fuzz concerning these type of files a little while back..."
A Second Look At CSS Diagnostics
By Neal Grosskopf.
"...I was unaware that this niche in the standards community would be so
popular. Unfortunately I didn't put as much thought into my initial
diagnostics other than just trying to improve on Eric's code. Enter part
CSS Image Framing - An Easy Way To Frame Images Using CSS
By Neal Grosskopf.
"In the old days web workers would run all of their images through
Photoshop (or insert favorite graphical editing program of your choice)
and either frame the image with a border, drop shadow, etc. Now with
browsers supporting CSS to a much better extent we can toss out Photoshop
and stay in code view more often..."
CSS Basics - Class Vs. ID
By Neal Grosskopf.
"A common mistake I see many beginning web designers make is deciding
when to use a .class and when to use an #ID. The best way to explain it
is: classes can be used many times while IDs can only be used once per
Dear Adobe, Here's an Idea for You
By Virginia DeBolt.
Open letter to Adobe on Dreamweaver and RDFa.
Code Editing in Dreamweaver
By Mark Fletcher.
"Learn how Dreamweaver CS4 accommodates web coders' workflows."
How to Design Amazing Web app User Interfaces
April 27, 2009.
London, United Kingdom.
International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies
May 7-9, 2009.
June 11-12, 2009.
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Online Teaching Conference
June 11-12, 2009.
Aptos, California, U.S.A.
MERLOT International Conference
August 13-16, 2009
San Jose, California, U.S.A.
August 24-28, 2009.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
By Shelly Powers.
"Gracefully degrading is focused on creating a complex work, and then
ensuring elegant failure, which seems to put too much focus on failure. A
better approach would be to focus on creating a simple, but elegant work,
and then gracefully upgrading the work for more capable environments..."
jQuery Accessible Tabs - How to Make Tabs REALLY Accessible
By Dirk Ginader.
"...jQuery Accessible Tabs uses a very simple and flexible HTML markup as
it's base to build upon. All it needs it's a wrapper containing Headlines
and content elements one after the other. This provides a nice
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
By Karl E. Wiegers.
"...Retrospectives provide a structured opportunity to look back at the
project or phase you just completed..."
Stevie Wonder Interview
By Richard Taylor.
"Modern tech seduces us with its sheer good looks, draws us in with its
desirability - it is all about a new, improved user-experience. But have
you ever tried using a touch-screen when you are not actually looking at
it? Take away visual contact, and that vaunted user interface becomes
10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites
By Paul Boag.
"...In any case, here are our 10 harsh truths about websites of large
Starting from Zero: Winning Strategies for No Search Results Pages
By Greg Nudelman.
"...very few publications focus on improving the search experience from
the customer's perspective. My new Search Matters column aims to fill
this gap by focusing on..."
3 Tips for Making Your Hyperlinks More Usable
Glenda Watson Hyatt.
"...Web designers and bloggers can easily improve hyperlink usability by
implementing the following three tips..."
5 Tools Every PHP Developer Should Master
By Cal Evans.
"Cal Evans has put together a list of five things he thinks that every
PHP developer out there should be equipped with in their development..."
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking Report
"...The participants drew the following conclusions and felt that actions
by the community are warranted..."
Web Directions Presentation
By Michael(tm) Smith.
Michael's slides on HTML5 Markup from his Ed directions presentation are
On Letting Specifications Bloom...
By Arun Ranganatha.
"...HTML5: The Markup Language is a useful document, and makes for
interesting reading. It's status, however, remains controversial
(normative or merely informative?). Time will tell, of course, how
Stop Developing for Internet Explorer 6
By Robert Nyman.
"This proposal might seem a bit drastic, but please allow me to present
This Week in HTML 5 - Episode 21
By Mark Pilgrim.
"The big news this week is more major work on the non-normative section
on rendering HTML documents, including a lot of reverse-engineered
documentation of legacy (invalid) attributes that users expect browsers
By Dennis Lembree.
"Web accessibility for the Twitter web application..."
XHTML / CSS Style Guide
By Ross Johnson.
"...If you are one of the many developers who use some sort of CSS reset,
and/or provide content management systems to clients then your should
really consider using this style guide to make sure the most common HTML
elements have proper styling and flow with your design. Often it is easy
to forget to style an HTML element only to find a client has used it on a
page and the design simply doesn't fit."
New Usability Standard Punches Its Weight
By Tom Stewart.
"The international human-Centred design standard ISO 13407 is being
revised and the draft of the new version is now out for public comment."
Writing Usability Requirements and Metrics
By Janet M. Six.
"In this installment of Ask UXmatters, our experts discuss how to write
effective usability requirements and metrics for the redesign of a legacy
public sector system..."
Zoomable User Interfaces
By Dmitry Fadeyev.
"Imagine for a moment how you would work on a real desk..."
By Henrik Olsen.
"Apparently, speed - in terms of milliseconds - matters..."
17 Usability Tips to Make Your CMS Rock
By Patrick Kennedy.
"...All the usability tips you see here link back to general usability
principles, and they apply to any software package or web application, it
just seems that they are an issue in most CMS implementations..."
Research Lab Combines Psychology with Technology
"A unique laboratory has been established at The University of Alabama in
Huntsville that combines psychology with technology to focus on the
interaction between humans and complex systems..."
Apple's Flatland Aesthetic, Part 1: The Mac
By Bruce Tognazzini.
"How a simple idea is causing complexity...Go for visual and behavioral
simplicity where it works, but be prepared to back off."
[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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Laura L. Carlson
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University of Minnesota Duluth
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