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Category Archives: Web Site Accessibility and Usability

Users Evaluate Websites in Blink of An Eye

Attention web designers: You have 50 milliseconds to make a good first impression! Authors: Lindgaard, Gitte, Fernandes, Gary, Dudek, Cathy, Browñ, J. – Behaviour and Information Technology, Volume 25, Number 2, Number 2/March-April 2006, pp. 115-126(12) Abstract: “Three studies were conducted to ascertain how quickly people form an opinion about web page visual appeal. In… Continue Reading

Web Site Accessibility Compliance Continues to Lag

From Digital Web Magazine, 10 Reasons Clients Don’t Care About Accessibility: “As the DRC [Digital Rights Commission] pointed out in its April 2004 report The Web – Access and Inclusion for Disabled People 81% of 1,000 Web sites failed to achieve a minimum level of compliance.” Continue Reading

New Studies Evaluate US and UK E-Gov Accessibility

Assessing the accessibility of fifty United States government Web pages: Using Bobby to check on Uncle Sam: “This study evaluates the current accessibility of U.S. Government Web pages for people with disabilities. …The home pages of fifty U.S. government agencies were reviewed for accessibility based on Section 508 guidelines. This study establishes that the U.S.… Continue Reading

Hundreds of California Municipal E-Gov’t Sites Fall Short in Usability Tests

Study Reveals Government Websites Are Unusable To A Growing Number Of Californians “A comprehensive assessment of over 400 municipal websites reveals that 91% of California’s cities fail to meet basic accessibility standards. The results show that most city websites are unusable by a wide range of people, including blind, deaf, and mobility impaired individuals, as… Continue Reading

Website Usability Study Indicates Progress With Room to Improve

According to a new survey by Web usability guru Dr. Jakob Nielsen (presented at the Web Usability 2004 conference), net users are achieving greater success locating specific information using search engines than was previously the case. This is in large measure to improvements made by the search engines themselves, as well as more precision used… Continue Reading

HHS Releases Website Guidelines for E-Gov Websites

Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines covers 17 areas of website design, navigation, organization and content, and offers 187 site optimization guidelines developed primarily for federal government website managers and designers. The guide was created by the National Cancer Institute’s section. Continue Reading

New Survey Highlights Lack of Gov’t Website Accessibility

Achieving E-Government for All: Highlights from a National Survey, published October 22, by Darrell M. West, Director, Taubman Center for Public Policy, Brown University. More than 1,600 local, state and federal websites were reviewed using the free Bobby Accessibility Test. Several key facts: government data is increasingly migrating to the web; more than 100 million… Continue Reading

Strategies to Improve the Navigation of Portals, Websites and KM Apps

Sitemaps and Site Indexes: What They Are and Why You Should Have Them, by Chiara Fox: “Sitemaps and site indexes are forms of supplemental navigation. They give users a way to navigate a site without having to use the global navigation. By providing a way to visualize and understand the layout and structure of the… Continue Reading

Communicating With White House Via E-Mail Now a Daunting Task

White House E-Mail System Becomes Less User-Friendly: “Those who want to send a message to the president must now navigate as many as nine Web pages and fill out a form that asks if they support White House policy.” A New York Times follow-up article: “The White House Web site began more prominently featuring the… Continue Reading

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)

From the U.S. Census Bureau, Facts & Features: On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. 49.7 million: Number of people age 5 and over in the… Continue Reading

Website Usability Testing Using WebEx

Remote Online Usability Testing: Why, How, and When to Use It. From the article: “…in-person usability testing isn’t always feasible. Projects take longer than expected, budgets get tightened, and target users can be hard to come by. So what’s a usability crusader to do when in-person usability testing is impossible? One option is to conduct… Continue Reading