Usability

Useful Background Information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usability

 particularly:

http://www.nngroup.com/articles/usability-101-introduction-to-usability/

  • 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.

Related Fields/Concepts/Ideas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design

http://alistapart.com/article/the-inclusion-principle

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:

http://blog.silktide.com/2013/01/i-thought-title-text-improved-accessibility-i-was-wrong/

http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2010/11/using-the-html-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)

http://www.coolfields.co.uk/2012/12/why-none-of-the-external-links-on-this-website-open-in-a-new-window/

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

http://dev.w3.org/html5/alt-techniques/developer.html#tree

WordPress.com/Jetpack “Let it Snow” causing seizures (aka, “don’t autoplay”)

https://aftergadget.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/waspish-wednesday-how-autoplays-let-it-snow-disable-visitors-to-your-website/

My thoughts on the dangers of the word “intuitive”

mrwweb.com/intuitive-means-familiar/

Three only user-testing tools

UsabilityHub.com

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.

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