Thursday, March 23, 2017

WCAG 2.1 Working Draft Available

Mobile devices were in their infancy back when the WCAG 2.0 guidelines were developed. The W3C has just released a first draft of a long-awaited update: WCAG 2.1 for public comment. The purpose of WCAG 2.1 is to extend WCAG 2.0 and introduce additional success criteria including mobile device accessibility, low vision accessibility, and cognitive and learning disability accessibility. WCAG 2.1 supports all WCAG 2.0 accessibility success criteria. So, if a web page meets WCAG 2.1 success criteria, the page also meets WCAG 2.0 success criteria. The W3C invites you to read the working draft of WCAG 2.1 and submit feedback.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New 4th Edition of Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3!

The new 4th edition of Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3 is now available!

Building on the textbook's successful 3rd edition, the 4th edition continues to integrate HTML and CSS topics such as text configuration, color configuration, and page layout with an enhanced focus on the topics of design, accessibility, and Web standards.

Updates for the 4th edition include:
  • Updated coverage of HTML5 elements and attributes
  • Expanded coverage of responsive web design techniques and CSS media queries
  • Expanded coverage of responsive image techniques including the new HTML5 picture element
  • CSS coding techniques for dynamic menus
  • Updated reference sections for HTML5 and CSS
  • Additional Hands-On Practice exercises
  • A new Case Study
  • Updated code samples and web resource
  • New Appendix introducing CSS Flexbox Layout

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Section 508 Refresh

The US Access Board has released a final rule that updates the Section 508 requirements to harmonize with WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines were published on 1/18/2017. The standards apply to “electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.” The Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5 and Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3 textbooks follow the WCAG 2.0 Level A & AA Success Criteria so students are prepared to create accessible websites. (post updated 2/1/17)