Safari Roundup / Usability ROI - WebReference Update - 030109
WebReference Update: January 9, 2003
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Book Review: The Elements of User Experience
Who Had the Worst User Experience?
The average cost of usability is 10% of each project's budget. Following a usability redesign, web sites increase usability by 135% on average.
Useit.com, Jan. 7, 2003
"I wish that this book and the diagram upon which it is based were available when I first attempted the design of user experiences. It could have saved me from false starts, sub-optimal choices, and other hard-won lessons, and would have made it much easier for me to communicate my ideas to my fellow team members and to the managers for whom I worked."
Webword.com, Jan. 8, 2003
Big brands, big boo-boos. Lessons learned from user experience shortcomings at Amazon, NBC, and Sony.
Clickz.com, Jan. 9, 2003
|2. NET NEWS:||Apple Launches New Browser at Macworld|
Overture Gleeful Over Yahoo!-Inktomi Deal
Safari can also confuse some browser sniffers, with its new user agent string of:
Netscape 5.0 Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/48 (like Gecko) Safari/48
Dave Hyatt, one of the Safari developers, explains why Apple adopted this approach for DHTML script compatibility:
Dave Hyatt goes onto outline what standards Safari supports:
"KHTML supports much of DOM level 2 and CSS2, including the DOM level 2 event model (e.g., mutation events too!) and rich selector syntax (even a little bit of CSS3 selectors). In addition we have added and fixed CSS support in a number of key areas, including partial support for min/max-width, better support for z-index (including support for auto z-indices), and better support for the CSS white-space property."
Apple's quick response to these beta reports is heartening. Despite these beta bugs Safari set a record for one-day downloads at Apple.com. Speed sells.
Having notched a series of recent wins against Google for paid listings contracts, Overture was pleased to learn its rival might soon feel even more pressure.
Internetnews.com, Jan. 9, 2003
That's it for this Thursday, see you next time.
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Created: January 9, 2003
Revised: January 9, 2003