[webdev] Web Design Update: October 2, 2009
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Oct 2 06:24:36 CDT 2009
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 14, October 2, 2009.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 14 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.
09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Effective Practices for Description of Science Content within Digital
By National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM).
NCAM published guidelines to describe diagrams on the web and
elsewhere."A significant amount of Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math (STEM) information is presented visually, from graphs and tables
to diagrams and math equations. Students and professionals in the STEM
fields who are blind or visually impaired must find methods of
accessing the data published in visual format. Here is an example
(image courtesy of www.teachersdomain.org.)..."
WCAG 2.0 and Accessibility Supported
By Roger Hudson.
"Web accessibility is at the cross-roads. The WCAG of 1999 is not able
to meet the needs of the web today, with its enhanced interactivity,
greater community engagement and the proliferation of new technologies.
WCAG 2.0 is supposed to address this problem by looking not at the
technologies used to generate web content, but at how they are used.
However, I am fearful that WCAG 2.0 and the concept of 'accessibility
supported are not fully understood and this could put at risk the
whole move to improve the accessibility of the web."
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
By Seth Grimes.
"Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that
relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508
accessibility standards and accessibility best practices. The
non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables -- an essential
point given the site's promise of 'Data, Data & More Data' -- despite
on-site compliance claims. Other elements including navigation maps,
while compliant, are poorly designed. Sharron Rush, co-founder and
executive director of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility,
goes so far as to state, 'The recovery.gov Web site is a good example
of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion.'..."
Avoid Frustrating Users With tabindex
By Nick DeNardis.
"Even if you can use a mouse most of the time its easier to use a
keyboard to fill out web forms. HTML has a nifty attribute called
'tabindex' which allows the site creator to dictate how the user will
navigate through the forms or links on the page..."
Clarifying ALT Text for WordPress Bloggers and Developers
By Bob Easton.
"...The discussion involves two 'elements,' IMG and CAPTION, and two
'attributes,' ALT and TITLE. Think of 'elements' as containers, or
envelopes. They are uniform carriers for what is inside them. Think of
'attributes' as things inside the containers which offer additional
Tech Developments for the Disabled (podcast)
By Minnesota Public Radio.
"Technology has made a huge reach in helping the physically disabled,
but what specific roles will the internet and smart phones play as they
begin to make life easier for the wider population?" Guests are Wendy
Chisholm and Darren Burton.
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Improve Readability with line-height
By Virginia DeBolt
"The CSS line-height property determines the distance or spacing
between the lines of text on the page. In the print world, this
property is called leading..."
Design Patterns Solve Common Problems for Web's Color Blind Users
By Scott Gilbertson.
"...Color blindness affects between five and ten percent of the general
population. Most color blind humans are male, and the most common form
of color blindness makes it difficult for the person to distinguish
between reds and greens..."
+04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
Accessibility Testing Log
By Jack Pickard.
"...I've knocked together a little excel spreadsheet to be used for
recording Accessibility Audit Results..."
6-Step Process for Planning a User Test
By Abid Warsi.
"Preparing for user testing requires a surprisingly large amount of
planning. Here are the 6 key steps you should go through to get ready."
Avoiding Demographics When Recruiting Participants: An Interview with
By Jared M. Spool.
"User research works best when you match your participants to the
people who will use your designs. It makes sense that teams would try
to use the demographics, often compiled by the organization's market
research team, as the basis of their recruiting efforts. However, this
can be problematic..."
Contextual Interviews and Ethnography: Two Different Types of Home
By Demetrius Madrigal.
"It's important to make a distinction between these two different
research methodologies and the kind of data you get from each..."
October 10-11, 2009.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Usability Week Las Vegas
October 11-17, 2009.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Usability Week Berlin
November 15-19, 2009.
Web 2.0 Accessibility and a Personalized Web - My TechShare Keynote 2009
By Richard Schwerdtfeger.
"WAI-ARIA is a way for authors to provide semantic 'sugar' to a web
page to allow a browser to support the accessibility services provide
by an operating system which are used by assistive technologies. We
call this 'interoperability.'..."
HTML5 and WAI-ARIA Happy Families
By Steve Faulkner.
Steve's accessibility 2.0 presentation.
Apple Webkit Gets Serious About WAI-ARIA (on MAC)
By Steve Faulkner.
"...MAC Webkit nightly builds now support more than 60% of the ARIA
roles, up from 25% a few months ago. Improved support includes all ARIA
landmark roles and many document structure roles..."
By Chrysanthus Forcha.
methods for regular expression problems. This object is called RegExp.
split() methods for regular expression problems. The string object
methods are actually better and easier to apply than the RegExp object
methods. This two-part series takes a look at what you can do with
13 Questions - Cynthia Waddell
By Ouch Team.
"US based Cynthia Waddell is known the world over as a top level
disability rights lawyer and an expert in web accessibility. On a trip
to the UK, she answered 13 Questions."
Interview with Web Usability Guru Jakob Nielsen
By Walter Apai.
"In this article, we'll be focusing on web usability and more
specifically, on the views of world renowned usability expert, Jakob
Interview with Chris Coyier: Random Thoughts on the Future of Web Design
By Jeff Noble.
"...Chris Coyier is a web designer from Madison, Wisconsin currently
living in Chicago, Illinois and working for Chatman Design. He also
happens to run a web design community (css-tricks.com) that has an
extensive collection of really awesome articles, forums, videos,
downloads and snippets..."
By Joel Spolsky.
"Jamie Zawinski is what I would call a duct-tape programmer. And I say
that with a great deal of respect..."
By Gerry McGovern.
"Web teams often think progress can't be made because 'it's always been
this way.' By challenging tradition you can find that it's not as
immovable as it seems."
How To Respond Effectively To Design Criticism
By Andrew Follett.
"...despite its negative connotation, criticism often presents an
excellent opportunity to grow as a designer. Before you can respond
effectively, you need to understand what those opportunities are..."
Strategies For Designing Application Navigation
By Charles Kreitzberg and Ambrose Little.
"Getting the navigation right is one of the most important aspects of
Skip Links Need to be at Least Temporarily Visible
By Roger Johansson.
"One problem that I run into on some sites is that the skip links are
hidden...If you, for whatever reason, cannot use skip links that are
always visible, at least use Links that become visible with keyboard
focus. That way they aren't completely hidden from those who benefit
from them being there."
Question on Skip to Main Content
"Are "Skip to main content" links a requirement for the updated version
of 508. If so, is the requirement that it remain visible or can it be
either hidden or visible?"
Keywords Meta Tag
By S.R. Emerson.
"If you have done any research/studying of search engine optimization
you will have heard of keywords and the keywords meta tag. There's lots
of information and opinions on how to use this meta tag. Some of this
is hear say some is backed up by facts. Here we'll present the facts."
+09: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
This Week in HTML5 - Episode 36
By Mark Pilgrim.
"...This week's changes are mundane, and I expect (and hope!) that
future summaries will be even more mundane. That's a good thing..."
"CaptionTube is a utility for adding closed captions to YouTube videos.
After you import a video, you play the video and add captions as
needed. When you are done, you export the captions and then upload to
YouTube. CaptionTube provides improved precision with a scaleable
timeline. You can also make changes to captions and preview them
immediately. It also allows you to create multiple language tracks."
Breaking Up Large Documents for the Web - Part 1
By Janice (Ginny) Redish.
"Most people come to the web for information, not for a complete
document. They don't want the user manual; they want instructions for
the task they are doing. They don't want the handbook; they want the
answer to specific questions. They want usable, manageable pieces..."
Breaking Up Large Documents for the Web - Part 2
By Janice (Ginny) Redish.
"We've been looking at how to break your web content into pieces - by
time or sequence, by task, by people, by type of information, and by
the different questions that people ask. Once you have the pieces, you
have to decide how many topics, articles, questions, or pieces of
information to put together on one web page.."
Breaking Up Large Documents for the Web - Part 3
By Janice (Ginny) Redish.
"PDF - Yes or No?..."
10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines
By Dmitry Fadeyev.
"Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web
design. Whether you're working on a portfolio website, online store or
Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use
is key. Many studies have been done over the years on various aspects
of Web and interface design, and the findings are valuable in helping
us improve our work. Here are 10 useful usability findings and
guidelines that may help you improve the user experience on your
Usability and RIA User Test Video
By Joshue O Connor.
"Joshue O Connor was invited by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
to give a presentation on accessibility, WAI-ARIA and Rich Internet
Applications (RIA) at the recent Techshare 2009 pre-conference
Learning More About User Interruptions
By Celeste Lyn Paul.
"Interruptions in information systems are a tricky problem. It is a
constant trade off of providing the user with timely information at the
cost of efficiency, performance, and satisfaction of their current
task, the interruption, and the information system as a whole. A common
interruption system in personal computing are information
notifications, the delivery of information to the user in a timely
Using Web Analytics to Assess CAPTCHA Usability
By Christian Watson.
Recent articles about the impact of CAPTCHAs on conversion rates caused
me to look at the web analytics for the CAPTCHA we use on the account
signup page for our online game, Warrior Epic .
Order Effect Affects Orders
"...the order of presentation can be a huge factor in our final
[Section one ends.]
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+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.
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