[webdev] Web Design Update: January 15, 2010
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Fri Jan 15 06:17:36 CST 2010
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 8, Issue 29, January 15, 2010.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web design
++ISSUE 29 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
12: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Automatic Captions on YouTube
By Terrill Thompson.
"On November 19, 2009 Google announced that it was launching automatic
captions in YouTube. The University of Washington recently joined the
list of early testers of this feature, so I thought I'd offer a sneak
peek of how it works..."
Transcripts on the Web
By Shawn Lawton Henry.
"It's easy and relatively inexpensive for website developers to provide
transcripts for multimedia. It many cases transcripts are required by
law to provide access to information for people who are deaf or hard of
hearing. Transcripts are an SEO silver bullet for audio and video, and
bring more people to your podcast, videos, and website..."
By Ian Pouncey.
In many articles and blog posts on web accessibility use of the title
attribute is promoted. Unfortunately this isn't the magic bullet that
many developers think it is, and I will argue for its use as a last
Can Visual Art Be Made Accessible?
"...The World Wide Web provides new opportunities for visual artists to
promote their paintings and drawings. And it is nice to know that
somehow, the Internet can be used to help blind people understand a form
of art that is enjoyed by many."
Office 2010 - Accessibility Investments & Document Accessibility
By Larry Waldman.
"I'm going to focus today's discussion on Office 2010's new document
Accessibility Checker feature. I'll end the post with a few high level
bullets of other accessibility features that we might discuss in the
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
CSS Background Transparency Without Affecting Child Elements, Through
Rgba And Filters
By Robert Nyman.
"Looking at the design of most web pages today, almost exclusively all
of them include some semi-transparency of elements. However, getting the
desired effect in CSS is harder than one might think..."
The Missing CSS Combinator - A Plea for Help
By Niels Matthijs.
Sometimes a long-lasting, nagging problem can take concrete form in the
weirdest of circumstances. Something that's been bothering you for a
very long time at a rather subconscious level suddenly leaps forward and
calls out for immediate attention. More concretely, this article will be
about a css combinator oddly lacking from our list of options, not even
mentioned in the latest css3 specs (as far as I know).
ColorAdd: A Color Coding System
By Daniel Fluck.
"Can this color coding system be an added value for color blind people?
This is what the designer claims and what it is actually all about. I
don't think so. Here are a few examples in my everyday life to support
my point of view..."
Designing for Mobile with CSS3 with Dan Rubin
April 1, 2010.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
June 8-11, 2010.
Gettysburg Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
June 16-21, 2010.
+05: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE.
By Jakub Linowski, Alex Barger, and Chris Thatcher.
"fluidIA is an emerging agile design tool for prototyping rich user
interfaces. The big idea behind this experiment is whether we as
interaction designers, IA's, UX professionals and developers can create
our own prototyping tool in an open way. Provided with access to an open
design and open source process, this project kicks off with the
Interview with Terrill Thompson
By Dennis Lembree.
"Dennis speaks with Terrill Thompson, technology accessibility
specialist at DO-IT, a program at the University of Washington..."
W3C's Shawn Henry on Website Accessibility
By Freelance Review.
"Shawn Henry has honored us by answering a few questions regarding Web
accessibility. When she's not busy answering interview questions for
bloggers like us, she leads the worldwide education and outreach effort
promoting Web accessibility for people with disabilities at the W3C Web
The Case Against Vertical Navigation
By Louis Lazari.
"...Naturally there are exceptions to every rule, and I'll discuss those
briefly at the end. But first I'm going to present five reasons why
vertical navigation should not be used and why designers and architects
should almost always construct their sites with horizontal navigation in
Guideline 2.4: Focus on Information Architecture
By Olga Revilla.
"Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where
+08: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
Standards Are Not Just Stuff and Nonesense
By John Foliot.
"One thing that all the cutting edge designers and boutique shops keep
forgetting is that this wonderful thing we know as the 'web' (complete
is also used in the most mundane of ways, on web sites that simply need
to communicate information to the end user without being a showcase of
CSS mastery, Ajaxian trickery or the cutting edge coding examples of
<canvas>, <video>, etc., etc..."
HTML5 Business as Usual
By Jeremy Keith.
"It's been a strange week in HTML5. The web-and Twitter in
particular-has been awash with wailing and gnashing of teeth as various
people weigh in with their opinions on either the W3C or the
WHATWG-depending on which camp they're in-being irreversibly broken
…exactly the kind of ludicrous over-reaction at which the internet
Keep Calm and Carry On (with HTML 5)
By Andy Clarke.
"...W3C Working Groups are battlegrounds where "Pay To Play' combatants
fight war without end for their own or their employer's (those big
business entities that fund the W3C) agendas to succeed. These
mercenaries care little for the needs of web designers or developers. We
are civilian populations caught up in the fighting..."
HTML5 Means Whatever You Want it to Mean
By Peter-Paul Koch.
"Last Friday I found evidence for increasing confusion about what the
HTML5 spec actually is. I don't have any doubts on that score: HTML5 is
anything you want it to be as long as it's new and cool..."
Error Messages for Corrupt HTML
By Roger Johansson.
"...Many people who do not like the idea of browsers displaying error
messages for corrupt/invalid HTML tend to equate error messages with the
'Yellow screen of death' that Firefox and other Gecko-based browsers
display when they encounter a non well-formed XHTML document served as
The HTML5 Show (AKA, A Mess)
By Kyle Weems.
"...if people don't even know if HTML5 exists anymore, or the status of
the organizations working on it seem to be out of whack, why would they
bother using the <video> tag or exploring <canvas>? We need to give
people something to work with. Which means we need to not have insane
grandstanding by a single individual..."
By Bruce Lawson.
"...The elephant in the corner regarding all video - whether it be HTML5
or proprietary - is accessibility. What are conscientious developers to
do to provide textual alternatives for those who can't access the
contents of the video? In HTML5 there isn't an alt attribute on the
video element as there is on img, but you can add "fallback content"
between the tags like this..."
W3C HTML Accessibility Task Force
By Roger Johansson.
"As a number of people have stated, there are some accessibility issues
in HTML 5. Hopefully the HTML Accessibility Task Force will help
straighten those out..."
To Serif or Sans-Serif, That is The Question
By Amit Goyal.
"...The following tutorial guides you through the various font-choices
available, anti-aliasing, and some general type-related tips that, I can
assure, you'll consider in your next web project. If you're a complete
virgin to typography, I suggest you flick through this one before
The First Rule of UX
By Joshua Porter.
"'You cannot not communicate. Every behavior is a kind of communication.
Because behavior does not have a counterpart (there is no
anti-behavior), it is not possible not to communicate.' Paul
Watzlawick's First Axiom of Communication. This is the first rule of UX.
Everything a designer does affects the user experience."
Accessible SVG is Closer Than You Think
By David Bolter.
"Sometime in early December, Aaron pinged me to discuss the topic of SVG
[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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