Usability

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

Efficient creation of sensible and usable forms

An article with good advice for making forms usable and a discussion about how web developers can be more efficient when creating online forms.

Posted on January 13, 2006

Accesskey problems remain in XHTML 2

The access element in XHTML 2 will apparently suffer from the same problems as the accesskey attribute in current versions of HTML and XHTML.

Posted on January 1, 2006

Use CSS background images responsibly

CSS background images should only be used for presentational images, not for informational or functional images.

Posted on December 27, 2005

Label your form controls properly

Remember to use the label element to associate form controls with their respective label texts.

Posted on December 21, 2005

The web is global

It’s called the World Wide Web, so try to spend some time thinking about internationalisation when creating a website with a global audience.

Posted on December 15, 2005

Guidelines for HTML email design

Essential information for anyone involved in creating or sending email newsletters that should reach and be read by their recipients.

Posted on December 1, 2005

Accessibility and usability for interactive television

Accessibility and usability for ITV have a lot in common with accessibility and usability for the web. There are also many differences, some of which are highlighted in this article.

Posted on December 1, 2005

Stop sending annoying email

Some things to avoid unless you want your email messages to annoy your friends and colleagues.

Posted on November 11, 2005

Usability of tabbed browsing in Firefox

Results of usability studies on tabbed browsing as implemented in Firefox, along with some suggestions for improvement.

Posted on November 9, 2005

Building better HTML forms

Many useful tips for increasing the usability of web based forms. I do have a few reservations about some of the tips.

Posted on October 26, 2005

Top ten weblog usability blunders

Usability problems are not only found on commercial websites - blogs can also be difficult to use.

Posted on October 19, 2005

Popup-free form help

How to provide help for fields in web forms without using popup windows.

Posted on October 15, 2005

Form accessibility and usability

Examples of techniques that improve usability and accessibility of web forms.

Posted on October 10, 2005

Top ten web design mistakes, 2005 edition

Jakob Nielsen’s list of the worst web design stupidities that make the web harder to use in 2005.

Posted on October 5, 2005

People stick to default values

Default values are used far more often than their relevance suggests.

Posted on October 1, 2005

Keep website navigation simple

Website navigation is a tool that should be kept simple to enable visitors to use it properly.

Posted on October 1, 2005

Unobtrusive registration forms

What to do when you simply cannot avoid forcing users through a registration form.

Posted on September 29, 2005

CSS3 Multi-column layout considered harmful

Please think twice before using multiple columns to display longer articles on-screen.

Posted on September 28, 2005

Line length and readability

Long lines of text may not be that bad for on-screen readability after all.

Posted on September 23, 2005

Sensible email

Some good tips for writing email messages that get their job done.

Posted on September 22, 2005

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