[webdev] Web Design Update: August 7, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Aug 7 06:32:43 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 06, August 7, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 06 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
11: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Overview of WebAIM Cognitive Research
"This article provides a brief overview of the findings and
observations of a cognitive accessibility survey. More detailed
findings will be available later in a detailed report."
Free Tools for Captioning YouTube Videos
By Terrill Thompson.
"We at the University of Washington are working toward documenting a
workflow that would support student interns in adding captions to the
university's growing collection of YouTube videos. There are now a
dozen or more tools that support the authoring and editing of captions,
and over the last couple of weeks I've been exploring several of them.
This is a semi-organized set of notes based on my experience with each
Visit to Yahoo Accessibility Testing Lab
By Dennis Lembree.
"I was fortunate enough to get invited for a visit to Yahoo!
Accessibility Testing Lab (in Sunnyvale, California). Victor Tsaran
(@vick08) and Alan Brightman (@abrightman) were kind enough to spend
about an hour and a half with me and several other computer
professionals. Here are some notes from the meeting..."
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Diagnostic Styling Reloaded
By Jens Meiert.
Eric cultivated the concept of 'diagnostic styling,' meaning using CSS
to reveal specific problems within an HTML document. I myself have been
working with diagnostic style sheets for quite a while, be it for
general quality assurance or to track down specific semantics or
maintainability problems ?
CSS3 Quick Reference Guide
"Chris Hanscom over at Veign.com has been busy this week bringing his
CSS3 Quick Reference Guide up to date in line with the latest CSS3
specifications. The CSS 3 reference guide features one of the most
complete and up-to-date cheat sheets on the new CSS 3 specification.
See the new properties, selectors and allowed values that are being
introduced in the CSS3 standard..."
Away With Widths - Use and Abuse
By Niels Matthijs.
"... This article explains why using as little widths as possible helps
to maintain a flexible layout and might save you (or some fellow csser)
a lot of time in the future..."
6th Annual AIGA Design Legends Gala
September 17, 2009.
New York, New York, U.S.A.
Make/Think AIGA Design Conference
October 8-11, 2009.
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Web 2.0 Expo
November 16-19, 2009.
New York, New York, U.S.A.
Handcrafted Bulletproof CSS
November 23, 2009.
London, United Kingdom
OZCHI '09 Conference
November 23-27, 2009.
+04: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
By Holger Maassen.
"The following article belongs to an upcoming series - A series on
developing approaches to problem solutions with systematic use of
creative techniques. I want to comply with this article and series to
wishes and requests of friends and colleagues....Card sorting is a
categorization technique where users sort cards describing and giving
their picture, their understanding and their mental picture of
concepts, workflows and information and knowledge."
By Rob Gravelle.
until the end of the fall of 2009, but it's already garnering lots of
strong reactions - both good and bad. Today, we'll be taking a look at
some of the proposed specifications and you can decide for yourself
whether they constitute improvements in the language or merely
By Chrysanthus Forcha.
regular expressions. In this article we begin the second and final
phase of the series. In this phase we shall deal more with the
properties and methods of the regexp object. We shall also deal with
some properties and methods of the string object that are related to
Interview with Zoe M. Gillenwater (podcast)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel.
Web designer and developer Zoe M. Gillenwater speaks with publisher
Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about her new book, Flexible Web Design. She
discusses the difference between liquid and elastic layouts, examples
of great flexible sites, and much more.
Web Squared - Web 2.0 Five Years On
By Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle.
"Five years ago, we launched a conference based on a simple idea, and
that idea grew into a movement. The original Web 2.0 Conference ( now
the Web 2.0 Summit ) was designed to restore confidence in an industry
that had lost its way after the dotcom bust. The Web was far from done,
we argued. In fact, it was on its way to becoming a robust platform for
a culture-changing generation of computer applications and services..."
Re: Did CERN Try To Sell the Web?
By Tim Berners-Lee.
"...Hey, if they had been MIT they might have encouraged me to spin it
out as a startup, with the help of some experienced people who had done
it before, and well, maybe the world would have just waited 17 years as
it did for RSA. I am sure in fact a bunch of competing systems would
have ended up without a single interoperable space..."
Web Site Navigation Menu Placement
By Mike Cherim.
"I was asked in an email recently what my feelings were regarding the
placement of a navigation menu on a web site. The person asking wanted
to know the latest scoop on the advantages or disadvantages of various
menu placements. Is a right-hand vertical menu better somehow than a
left-hand vertical menu? How about a horizontal navigation menu at the
top of the page? Over the years I've made them all at one time or
another, though lately most have been vertical right-hand menus. I
responded with all I knew about the subject, then admitted the info may
be dated. Here's basically what I offered.."
Using CSS to Hide a Portion of the Link Text
"...I am investigating using CSS to hide a portion of link text.
If anyone has strong, or medium, feelings about this method I'd love
to hear them..."
17 PHP Practices That Should Be Banished Forever
By Samuel Folkes.
"The following is a list of 17 PHP programming practices that in my
opinion should be banished into oblivion. Forever and ever. Amen.
Please note that this list is in no particular order. So, without
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The Different Aspects of Video Accessibility
By Silvia Pfeiffer.
"In the last week, I have received many emails replying to my request
for feedback on the video accessibility demo. Thanks very much to
everyone who took the time..."
My August Plans
By Shelley Powers.
"...I do not think that HTML 5, as currently written, is a good
document. I think there is much that is good in it, but the good is
overshadowed by the bad: bad practices, bad decisions, even bad
The HTML5 Equilibrium
By Jeremy Keith.
"HTML5 is a strange character with what appears to be a split
personality. Hardly surprising then that something so divided would
appear to be so divisive..."
Behold Leviathan, Confused
By Kyle Weems.
"Sooner or later HTML5 will not be the most interesting topic to wax
poetic about. This is not that day..."
Talismans, Active Listening, and a Half-Time Show
By John Foliot.
"First of all, I would like to suggest that today the @summary debate
has digressed to something of a fight over a Talisman..."
By Sam Ruby.
"...In general, blocking the work of others is something I plan to
discourage. If that ends up making HTML5 more like Perl than Python,
so be it. After all, those that prefer rigid alternatives still have
When Security Gets in the Way
By Don Norman.
"...Does more security necessarily translate into less usability? No, a
more secure lock is no more difficult to operate than a cheap, insecure
one. With appropriate technology we can make some of these systems even
easier to use while simultaneously enhancing security..."
Content Analysis: A Practical Approach
By Colleen Jones.
"In this column, I'll walk you through a content analysis--and offer
tips and tricks along the way that will help make your next content
analysis more effective."
The Content Conundrum
By Christopher Detzi.
"...Sure, we have a sense of what content is available, and we've
likely considered it to some extent when creating flows, wireframes,
and prototypes. But the design artifacts that we create represent only
part of the overall user experience that we're designing. The content
that sits inside of our design framework is often the final arbiter of
success, yet we sometimes diminish its importance and separate
ourselves from it. The more we separate our design activities from
content development, the greater the risk of design failure..."
[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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Laura L. Carlson
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