Useful Background Information
This is from Jakob Nielsen. Read what he writes. Do what he says.
And of course read, “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug if you haven’t. You really can read the whole thing on an airplane. I did.
Specific Issues / Research
“The fold” with eye-tracking to back it up: http://www.cxpartners.co.uk/cxblog/the_myth_of_the_page_fold_evidence_from_user_testing/
About the “Title” Attribute:
Interesting accessible “Read More” link text accessibility approach (replaces title attribute): http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/C7.html
On target=”_blank” links (new window/tab)
The only times you can use it to spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/G200
In those cases, label the link: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG-TECHS/G201.html
Alt attribute Decision Tree
WordPress.com/Jetpack “Let it Snow” causing seizures (aka, “don’t autoplay”)
My thoughts on the dangers of the word “intuitive”
Three only user-testing tools
This is a link to an excellent PDF on Visual Story Telling that I mentioned: http://www.resource-media.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Visual-storytelling-guide.pdf
We talked about the concept of “affordance” a lot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affordance It’s an interesting way to think about usability.
I wanted to also provide this link: http://www.resource-media.org/toolbox which is the source of the attached Visual Storytelling Guide. They have a lot more great resources in their toolbox.