Usability

Anything that isn't usable is pretty useless, so avoid creating websites without considering usability.

Reveal new window links and links to non-HTML files with a user stylesheet

By telling your browser to apply a user stylesheet you can highlight links that open in a new window or point to non-HTML documents, making them less obtrusive.

Posted on December 15, 2008

Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites in danger?

Verva, the agency responsible for the Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites, is being closed down, and it is unclear what will happen to the guidelines.

Posted on December 12, 2008

Make Safari open targeted links in new tabs instead of new windows

How to use Terminal.app to tell Safari to open links that normally open in a new window to open in a new tab instead.

Posted on December 4, 2008

Quick Tips for web developers and web designers

By starting a new category of posts that focus on quick and simple tips related to front-end web development I hope to help people avoid making some mistakes that I see repeatedly.

Posted on December 2, 2008

Make HTML messages readable in Apple Mail

Two tips that make HTML email messages easier to read in Apple Mail. One makes Mail prefer Plain Text by default, the other sets the minimum font size used to display HTML email.

Posted on November 27, 2008

Remember to specify a background colour

There is no guarantee that web browsers always use a white background, so if your design needs a white background, remember to specify it in your CSS.

Posted on November 13, 2008

Designing Web Navigation (Book review)

Learn the fundamentals of navigation design and design better navigation systems for large and small sites as well as for web based applications.

Posted on March 19, 2008

Specify a maximum width for em-based layouts

When creating layouts with an em-based width, specify a maximum width to avoid horizontal scrolling for users who increase text size.

Posted on March 3, 2008

Make sure your website works with or without www

Make sure your website is available whether or not the visitor has typed www in front of your domain name.

Posted on February 12, 2008

Does advanced search sound too advanced?

Should advanced search be called something else to sound more friendly and inviting, and would it make more people to use it when they need to?

Posted on November 21, 2007

Common usability problems

A number of too common usability problems encountered on the Web.

Posted on November 5, 2007

Autopopulating text input fields with JavaScript

When you cannot display a label for a text input field, use placeholder text in an unobtrusive way. This article explains how.

Posted on October 17, 2007

NoSquint allows site-specific text zoom

A Firefox extension that remembers your text zoom level per site. Anyone know of a Safari alternative?

Posted on October 5, 2007

Designing Interfaces (Book review)

Jenifer Tidwell explains design patterns that solve common problems encountered when designing user interfaces for websites as well as web and desktop applications.

Posted on September 26, 2007

Scrap text resize widgets and teach people how to resize text

Instead of wasting time and resources on building JavaScript widgets that resize the text on your site, teach people how to resize text in their browser.

Posted on September 21, 2007

How to create an unobtrusive print this page link with JavaScript

How to create an unobtrusive print this page link that does not confuse users whose browsers do not support JavaScript.

Posted on September 14, 2007

10 colour contrast checking tools to improve the accessibility of your design

A list of tools that help make your design readable to all users by checking if text has sufficient contrast against its background.

Posted on September 12, 2007

Statistics help needed

I want to turn three columns of data into useful diagrams, but simply cannot figure out how to do it.

Posted on April 14, 2007

From Business to Buttons: a usability conference

Malmö, Sweden, June 14-15 2007. Speakers include Brandon Schauer and Ben Saffer from Adaptive Path, and Kim Goodwin from Cooper.

Posted on March 21, 2007

Usability in the movies

The top ten computer usability bloopers we see in the movies.

Posted on March 12, 2007

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