If you are making a new Web site or even working on an old one, usability should be playing a big role in your development. Usability encompasses everything from the User Interface to accessibility for people with disabilities.
Accessiblity to the Web is generally taken for granted, except when a site is slow or unavailable. Here, you'll learn about techniques to make your Web site more accessible. Some are relatively simple, while others require a little work. By Lee Underwood.
Help get your usability and software engineers on the same page with this
New Rider's publication. Our excerpt from Chapter 1 discusses the need to
build collaborative relationships between applications and the people who use
We review Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir's new book, Homepage Usability. The authors reveal 113 homepage usability design guidelines and 40 design metrics, and apply them mercilessly to 50 popular websites. You only get one chance to make a first impression, this book will ensure it's a good one. By Andy King. See also New Riders' interview with the authors, and our own interview with more usability details.
President Bush has launched a revamped Whitehouse.gov.
While much improved, the new site still has some usability
problems. As a public service, three usability experts
analyze the new site. By Andy King.
A practical Web design usability guide, "Don't Make Me Think!" is based on empirical observation, not exhaustive statistics. Steve Krug's five years of usability consulting are boiled down to this thin yet gem-filled how-to. By Andy King.
A Web site devoted to teaching people how to make usable, approachable web
sites. By Jakob Neilson, a distinguished Sun Engineer who works on future
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