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How do you navigate content on the iPad? Scroll or flip? In 1987, the biggest neck beards in tech held conference on the Future of Hypertext and there were two camps â€śCard Sharksâ€ť and â€śHoly Scrollersâ€ť and they had an epic fight over the following question: Should you scroll or flip pages on the screen? Who won the fight?
Variations could certainly make Facebookâ€™s hypothetical best-practice like management page easier, faster, or more pleasant to use. But they are pretty much beside the point, as Facebook does not provide a like management page when I click that stupid link.
I guess itâ€™s grumpy old man time but I am really beginning to get hacked off with general ignorance (with apologies to Stephen Fry) about usability. So rather than just grumble in the corner, I have decided to demolish five of the most persistent myths about usability.
This is the fifth article in our series about visual perception and the design of forms
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.
UX Myths collects the most frequent user experience design misconceptions and explains why they don’t hold true. And you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll show you lots of researches and articles from design and usability gurus.
The heatmap is a graphical overlay of your website which points out what content is hot and what not. This is mainly done by tracking the mouseclicks of the visitor.
The ultimate goal of usability tests is to obtain the necessary information which will give you the possibility to make an interface so simple and intuitive in use that people can work with it without thinking.
For $39 you get: * Video of a visitor speaking their thoughts as they use your site * Written summary describing the problems they encountered
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review 20 websites (from big corporation to small portfolio sites) who organized their footer cleverly to enhance usability.
The left-to-right and top-to-bottom real estate that fills the browser window on a computer monitor is a delicate and treacherous space.
Responsive web design offers us a way forward, finally allowing us to â€śdesign for the ebb and flow of things.
The big idea here is that you can tell a link not to behave like a link (do nothing when clicked) using the pointer-events CSS property.
Weâ€™re all mostly accustomed to educating ourselves by reading articles. Rare are the opportunities to attend conferences or watch live shows on subjects that weâ€™re interested in. Thatâ€™s why we are presenting here phenomenal videos and related resources on the topic of user experience (UX) by different presenters at different events.
Time to pick sides: Jakob Nielsen has written an eyetracking book. I can scarcely think of a more divisive pairing: mention either within earshot of a UX aficionado and youâ€™re in for impassioned advocacy or scornful ridicule.
About 8% of the male population has some sort of color blindness. The color blind have the inability to clearly distinguish different colors of the spectrum, they tend to see colors in a limited range of hues. Because of this, the color blind have trouble with a lot of websites.
It is a tool for checking foreground & background colour combinations to determine if they provide good colour visibility. Determining “colour visibility” is based on algorithms suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C):
Apple vs. Microsoft â€“ what about their websites? How do they both compare, and more important, which one is better and more usable?
antonia hyde’s blog
– Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australia – Better Practice Principles, Guides and Checklists have been created to help executives, business managers, web managers and others quickly improve their understanding of a range of issues associated with the provision of services online. The documents are produced by areas in AGIMO in collaboration with government agencies.
A sustainable, accessible web for all: The Web Guidelines quality model Government bodies and companies are facing the challenge of creating websites that are optimally accessible to people as well as browsers and search engines. The Web Guidelines aid in that process.
All the major browsers now have zoom functions built in, which may make it seem like thereâ€™s no longer any need for liquid or elastic layouts. Not so.
Most websites are crammed with small text thatâ€™s a pain to read. Why? There is no reason for squeezing so much information onto the screen. Itâ€™s just a stupid collective mistake that dates back to a time when screens were really, really small. Soâ€¦
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