[webdev] Web Design Update: July 24, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Jul 24 06:25:55 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 04, July 24, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 04 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.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
The Inclusion Principle
By Margit Link-Rodrigue.
"To make accessible design an organic element of front-end development,
we must free our thinking from the constraints we associate with
accessible design and embrace the inclusion principle. Margit
Link-Rodrigue tells us how."
CAPTCHA and Accessibility
By John Foliot.
"...Eliminating blog spam is a real issue, however CAPTCHA is just not
the best way of doing this. Fortunately, better methods are emerging,
and implementing these better means is becoming increasingly easy to
do. Avoiding CAPTCHAs reduces access barriers for all users, and
usability across the board.
From Web Accessibility To Web Adaptability: A Summary
By Brian Kelly.
"In this post I will give a extended summary of the ideas and
approaches outlined in our paper..."
Open Source Screen Reader Gives Sighted Individuals a Glimpse into the
By Glenda Watson Hyatt.
"Recently I came across NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) ? a free and
open source screen reader compatible with Microsoft Windows. Not only
does NVDA give individuals with visual impairments an alternative to
the ridiculously over-priced screen readers, it also provides the rest
of us the opportunity to experience screen readers..."
Accessible PDF - Revisited
By John Eric Brandt.
"I attended the Adobe Acrobat Users webinar a few weeks back and was
pleased and satisfied that both what I have been doing, and what I have
been advocating others to do, is the proper course of action..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
"Many exciting new functions and features are being thought up for
CSS3. We will try and showcase some of them on this page, when they get
implemented in either Firefox, Konqueror, Opera or Safari/Webkit."
The Power of HTML 5 and CSS 3
By Jeff Starr.
"...As we continue to push the boundaries of existing languages, HTML 5
and CSS 3 are quickly gaining popularity, revealing their collective
power with some exciting new design possibilities..."
+03: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Five Common Usability Testing Mistakes to Avoid
By Bradley Hebdon.
"Usability testing is not an easy thing to perfect. However, a good
starting point is to identify where most mistakes are made throughout
the process. And through this awareness, you should fine-tune your
approaches to planning, moderation and analysis, in order to attain
truly insightful findings..."
September 14, 2009.
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Adobe MAX 2009
October 4-7, 2009.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing Workshop
October 29-30, 2009 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
November 9-10, 2009 in Washington, DC, U.S.A.
By: Chrysanthus Forcha.
"...we'll look at the effects of case sensitivity, how to use negation,
Accessibility and Native Drag and Drop
By Remy Sharp.
"A few days before my native drag and drop article came out Gez Lemon
wrote about accessibility in drag and drop, and touched on HTML 5..."
Interview: Opera Software's Chris Mills
By Raena Jackson Armitage.
"...Chris Mills is a web evangelist and developer relations editor at
Opera Software, and a major contributor to the Opera blogs and the
Opera Web Standards Curriculum. We grabbed Chris for a quick chat about
his work, Ed Directions, and the state of web education generally..."
XML and PHP Simplified - XML,PHP and the Database
By J. Leidago Noabeb.
"Because PHP treats an XML document like a normal file, it is easy to
interact with it, even though its structure is complicated. For example
to create a XML document, we use the common functions that PHP uses to
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Proposal - Accessibility Issues Procedure (HTML5)
Laura Carlson, Bruce Lawson, Catherine Roy, Debi Orton, Gez Lemon,
Jason White, John Foliot, Leif Halvard Silli, Robert Burns, and Steve
"...we propose that the HTML working group adopt the following
statement as an official procedure and publish it in HTML working group
HTML5 and The Future of the Web
By Tim Wright.
"...In this article, I'm hoping to give you some tips and insight into
HTML5 to help ease the inevitable pain that comes with transitioning to
a slightly different syntax..."
HTML 5 Boilerplates
By Remy Sharp.
"Without going in to the discussion of why HTML 5 is available today
and not 2022, this article is going to give you a series of HTML 5
boilerplates that you can use in your projects right now..."
HTML5 Tips - Structural elements, Doctype and ARIA
By Henny Swan.
"...I thought I'd post a few tips along the way that I've found have
helped with the redesign process..."
Comic Update: The HTML5 Suggestion Box
By Kyle Weems.
"...RDFa, ARIA, and other fruits of the loins of other W3C chartered
working groups are being disregarded by the HTML5 people consistently,
or being carefully argued away with a pleading for use cases, a
suggestion that their expertise is flawed, or that alternate solutions
(read that: the WHAT WG's solutions) are the better option..."
Let Loose the Hounds of War
By Shelley Powers.
"The space around HTML 5 just got more active, though whether what will
follow will be an improvement in conditions is hard to say..."
By Manu Sporny.
"By halting the XHTML2 work and announcing more resources for the HTML5
project, the World Wide Web Consortium has sent a clear signal on the
future markup language for the Web: it will be HTML5. Unfortunately,
the decision comes at a time when many working with Web standards have
taken issue with the way the HTML5 specification is being developed..."
HTML 5 Outliner
By Geoffrey Sneddon.
Tool for testing structure in HTML5. It tests the outline algorithm.
Quality Assurance tools for HTML5
By Simon Pieters.
"I see more and more people switch over to HTML5 these days, and to
help you make sure you did things correctly, there are some tools at
your disposal that might be good to know about..."
The Impact of Aesthetics on Attitudes Towards Websites
By Jennifer Chen.
"A user's perception of a Web site can evoke a wide range of emotions
and attitudes. These emotions and perceptions impact the user's
attitude towards the Web site's content, advertised products, company,
credibility and site usability..."
By Jakob Nielsen.
"In user testing, website use on mobile devices got very low scores,
especially when users accessed "full" sites that weren't designed for
By Joe Clark.
"It's time we came to grips with the fact that not every 'document' can
be a 'web page.' Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML
- or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML
might actually help."
By Joe Clark.
"We cut the 'Unwebbable' article (q.v.) in half for space and, in
general, to make it better..."
XHTML- Not Dead
By Steven Pemberton.
"...What this does mean is that we no longer have to adhere to the
membership rules of W3C to do the work, so if you want to get involved
in the future work on XHTML2, please get in touch, at xhtml2 at
future-web dot org..."
XHTML is Dead - Viva HTML5?
By Joshue O Connor.
"...So in short, this turn of events is by way of increasing resources
for HTML 5 and its development. Is this a good thing? I don't know, the
current HTML 5 specification is effectively in the hands of one man and
effectively, one vendor. This makes for a powerful arbiter in the
development of this most useful language - which is the life blood of
the internet. This is an inordinate amount of power for one
organization to have..."
By Sam Ruby.
"... one such thing that apparently some people want is to produce what
they perceive as cleaner markup. Cleaner is clearly in the eye of the
beholder, but for some people that means things like quoting
attributes. In fact, that is something that HTML 4.01 explicitly
recommended ? a recommendation that, to date, has not carried forward
to HTML5. Their reasons people might want to follow this
recommendation vary, but for some the intent is to produce polyglot
Just How Accessible is SVG?
By Henny Swan.
"I've been dipping my toes into Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) lately
and wondering how this can be made accessible and usable for all. It
seems like a very under used technology which is a pity given it's
potential to be more readable by assistive technologies such as screen
readers, braille displays and screen magnification than other graphic
[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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