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Category Archives: Web Site Accessibility and Usability

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 usedContinue Reading

Practical Design Tips for Websites

What Is Web Accessibility? “…this article will tell you who you need to consider when making your website and what their unique requirements are..”

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 Usability.gov section.

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 millionContinue 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 theContinue 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 theContinue 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 theContinue 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 conductContinue Reading

Study of Availability and Type of Search Engine Personalization Features

Search engine personalization: An exploratory study. From the abstract: “Findings show that: (1) eight (13 percent) of the 60 search engines, including Yahoo, AOL, Lycos, Excite and Netscape, enabled some level of personalization; and, (2) personalization features are largely related to e-mail, business and financial information, searching of a reference tool, such as yellow pages,Continue Reading

Microsoft Speech Server

Microsoft has released into beta testing its speech server and said it will launch a partner program for solution providers building speech applications. Microsoft’s White Paper: Microsoft Speech Server, Enabling people to use speech as part of their everyday interactions with software and services whether they are using telephones, mobile devices, or PCs.

Quick Website Accessibility Tips

Tips and techniques for making your site accessible, by German website designer Alex Horstmann, offers 14 quick usability tips, along with associated html code as applicable.

IBM Works With Gov’t/Corporations On Web Accessibility

From InfoWorld: IBM’s Global Services division has created a team of 40 consultants and 100 IT professionals dedicated to developing and implementing services to make software and hardware accessible to people with disabilities. The services address areas such as tweaking Web sites so their content can be read aloud by voice software and so thatContinue Reading