I am putting together usability standards for my organization. In my research, I found some great resources that I wanted to share…
A guide for developing useful and usable web sites. It includes usability basics, usability research methods and guidelines for user-centered design.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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…