Usability Guidelines

I am putting together usability standards for my organization.  In my research, I found some great resources that I wanted to share…

Usability Guidelines:

A guide for developing useful and usable web sites.  It includes usability basics, usability research methods and guidelines for user-centered design.

http://www.usability.gov/                                                                                                          

Web Standards Checklist:

A guide that can be used:

  • to show the breadth of web standards
  • as a handy tool for developers during the production phase of websites
  • as an aid for developers who are interested in moving towards web standards

http://www.maxdesign.com.au/articles/checklist/

Additional resources:

Jakob Neilsen, the guru of Usability and Web Design, shares his company’s research findings from many usability studies (1994-2010) http://www.useit.com/

Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy has a site at http://www.sensible.com/ – His books cover just about everything you need to know about web usability and how to test out if your sites actually are user-friendly.

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Check out Top 10 Blogs for Writers – The 2008/2009 Winners

I want you to take a look at: Top 10 Blogs for Writers – The 2008/2009 Winners

Take Hemingway’s advice…

and write simply and clearly.

Top 10 Blog Writing Tips

I 100% agree with this article about how to write for a blog.  Keep it short, simple and above all else – keep your audience in mind.  It is the only way to keep ’em coming back for more.

First two paragraphs = most important content

This article from Jakob Nielsen’s alertbox explains how users look at web pages.  The eye-tracking study Nielsen Norman conducted shows that users read online in an “F” shaped pattern.  Main learning – put your most important content in the first two paragraphs…   F-shaped pattern for reading web content

Stop using “click here”!

Great article about general web writing best practices.  The best practice from this list that I wish all web writers would start using is to stop using “click here” and start using descriptive text for their hyperlinks.   C’mon – it’s easy – I just did it.

Don’t copy and paste from word – weird things will happen

If you have ever copy and pasted content from a word doc into your site code, you know what I am talking about.  Code doesn’t like word.  Save yourself some headaches and copy it from word into notepad.  For more info, go here…

http://learnplone.org/documentation/how-to/how-to-copy-content-from-microsoft-word-into-plone