Usability

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

International RSI Awareness Day 2007

In honour of the RSI Awareness Day, here is a nice tip for reducing the risk of getting wrist, arm, and neck pain from using a mouse.

Posted on February 28, 2007

Microsoft makes accessible and standards compliant HTML email impossible

Microsoft has decided to make the jobs of many Web professionals a lot harder by using Word instead of IE to render HTML in Outlook 2007.

Posted on January 19, 2007

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum (Book review)

Alan Cooper describes how lack of interaction design makes software and high-tech products hard to use.

Posted on January 15, 2007

Styling form controls with CSS, revisited

Screenshots from 8 browsers on 4 operating systems showing the effects of CSS applied to form controls.

Posted on January 9, 2007

Six things that suck about the Web in 2006

A rant about some of the trends that I find really annoying about the Web in 2006.

Posted on December 20, 2006

Click here and other meaningless link phrases

Many sites use link phrases that are anonymous and meaningless. Help improve the Web by making yourself and your clients think before you link.

Posted on November 28, 2006

Resolution vs. browser size vs. fixed or adaptive width

If you want to make your design look its best at a certain width, optimise it for that width. But there is little reason to constrain the site to that width.

Posted on November 27, 2006

Guidelines for Swedish public sector websites updated

A new version of the V├Ągledningen 24-timmarswebben (Swedish Guidelines for public sector websites) has been published, and I had the honour of being invited to write parts of it.

Posted on November 14, 2006

Let your users scroll

Designers that create fixed size layouts seem afraid to let the page scroll. Afraid to let the Web be the Web and behave like the Web.

Posted on September 15, 2006

Prioritizing Web Usability (Book review)

Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger revisit usability guidelines from the 1990s and reapply them to the Web of today.

Posted on September 11, 2006

Selecting country names in forms

Using select boxes for hundreds of options is not very user friendly, but is there a better way of presenting long lists of options?

Posted on August 24, 2006

Light text on dark background vs. readability

The recent design trend of light text on dark backgrounds is reducing the readability and usability of many sites for certain people.

Posted on August 21, 2006

Indicating language choice on the Web

A rewrite of my article on the methods you can use to make users aware that a website contains information in more than one language.

Posted on June 8, 2006

Don’t customise the look and feel of form fields

Don’t fight browsers by overusing CSS hacks and changing the appearance and behaviour of form controls.

Posted on May 23, 2006

Ten deadly sins of web design

A list of ten huge mistakes no web designer or developer should be caught making.

Posted on May 3, 2006

Indicating language choice: flags, text, both, neither?

Do not use flag icons to indicate language choice. Instead use the name of the language as text in the language itself.

Posted on April 18, 2006

Styling text fields in Safari

In the latest builds of WebKit, single line text inputs can be heavily styled with CSS. Use with care.

Posted on April 11, 2006

The target attribute and opening new windows

How bad is it really to use an invalid target attribute to make a link open in a new window?

Posted on March 28, 2006

Let’s skip Web 2.0 and go straight to Web 3.0

Don’t let yourself be blinded by the buzzwords and hype that the so-called Web 2.0 consists of. Create usable websites instead.

Posted on February 15, 2006

Five ways of improving your website

Five actions you can take to improve areas where the quality of many websites deteriorates over time.

Posted on January 31, 2006

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