[webdev] Web Design Update: February 16, 2012
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Thu Feb 16 06:46:19 CST 2012
+++ WEB DESIGN UPDATE.
- Volume 10, Issue 34, February 16, 2012.
An email newsletter to distribute news and information about web
design and development.
++ISSUE 34 CONTENTS.
SECTION ONE: New references.
What's new at the Web Design Reference site?
New links in these categories:
02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
06: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
09: What Can You Find at the Web Design Reference Site?
++ SECTION ONE: New references.
Getting Started with Accessibility
By Nick Pettit.
"In this 5 minute video, you'll gain a broad understanding of
accessibility and learn about its place in web design and
By National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM).
"For more than 20 years, audio descriptions (also known as video
descriptions) have been delivered using human narration..."
Consistent Identification - Accessibility for Web Writers, Part 17
By Dey Alexander.
"The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requires consistent
labelling of the functional parts of web pages. If identical functions
have different labels on different pages,you may make your site
confusing or harder for people to learn to use-particularly people
with cognitive impairments. Here are some tips for web writers and
+02: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
Call For Action - The Open Web Needs You Now
By Daniel Glazman.
"The CSS Working Group, the W3C, the browser vendors and the Open Web
need you, and I really mean you ALL. The following article is written
by Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of the CSS Working Group; the part
until 'This must not happen' represents an official discussion of the
CSS Working Group. Members of the Group behind that discussion include
Adobe, Apple, Disruptive Innovations, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla,
Opera and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The second part of the
article is strictly mine..."
W3C Co-Chair - Apple, Google Power Causing Open Web Crisis
By Stephen Shankland.
Browser Makers Caving to Vendor Prefix Misuse
By Adrian A. Roselli.
The Trap of Vendor Prefixes - Webkit, Meet IE6
By Niels Matthijs.
On the Vendor Prefixes Problem
By Bruce Lawson.
Vendor Prefixes - About to go South
By Remy Sharp.
Call for Action on Vendor Prefixes
By Rachel Andrew.
Now Vendor Prefixes Have Become a Problem, Want to Help Fix It?
By Christian Heilmann.
This Must Not Happen
By Aaron Gustafson.
WebKit Isn't Breaking the Web, You Are
By Scott Gilbertson.
By Eric A. Meyer.
The Vendor Prefix Predicament - ALA's Eric Meyer Interviews Tantek Celik
By Eric A. Meyer.
Every Time You Call a Proprietary Feature 'CSS3,' a Kitten Dies
By Lea Verou.
being the world's most misunderstood programming language. While often
derided as a toy, beneath its deceptive simplicity lie some powerful
language features. 2005 saw the launch of a number of high-profile
technology is an important skill for any web developer..."
20 Things Every Mobile Developer Should Know
By Paulo Fierro.
"Developing for mobile requires specific design considerations. These
can vary greatly from what you're used to and it's easy to trip up, so
here are a few of the things developer Paulo Fierro would like to have
been told long ago..."
Mobile Sites vs. Apps - The Coming Strategy Shift
By Jakob Nielsen.
"Mobile apps currently have better usability than mobile sites, but
forthcoming changes will eventually make a mobile site the superior
Progressive And Responsive Navigation
By Jeremy Hixon.
"Developing for the Web can be a difficult yet rewarding job. Given
the number of browsers across the number of platforms, it can
sometimes be a bit overwhelming. But if we start coding with a little
forethought and apply the principles of progressive enhancement from
the beginning and apply some responsive practices at the end, we can
easily accommodate for less-capable browsers and reward those with
modern browsers in both desktop and mobile environments..."
06: STANDARDS, GUIDELINES & PATTERNS.
The State of HTML5 Video
By Jeroen Wijering.
"HTML5 has entered the online video market, which is both exciting and
challenging for developers in the industry..."
Quick Tips About Text Readability
By John Eric Brandt.
"Keep the following guidelines in mind for displaying text..."
Why Are Ugly Websites So Successful?
By Gerry McGovern.
"...In the eyes of many customers, ugly equals authentic and credible.
Ugly helps you get the task completed quickly without any fuss or
distraction. Ugly is going to give you the details. Ugly is not hiding
anything. Ugly does not waste your time on surface images and trivial
jargon and hype..."
Mobile Users Don't Do That
By Stephanie Rieger.
"The conversation often starts like this...'Mobile users won't want to
do that, they're 'on the go' and will be in a hurry or want a quick
distraction.' This is true, except when it's not..."
HTML/XML Task Force Report
Norman Walsh, Editor.
"...The Task Force considered several areas of interoperability that
arose in these use cases: consuming HTML with XML tools, consuming XML
with HTML tools, and embedding islands of one within the other. As
described above, there are well understood boundaries within which any
solution to each use case can operate. And within those boundaries,
there exists today a solution that, while perhaps not wholly
satisfactory, sits within those boundaries. No wholly satisfying
solution appears possible within the accepted constraints; it would
appear that we have already achieved the practical solutions..."
XML Error Recovery Community Group
"This group's purpose is the discussion of applying error recovery
parsing methods inspired from HTML to XML."
[Section one ends.]
++ SECTION TWO:
+09: 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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