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

Avoid 404

Use better URLs to avoid visitors getting a “404 Page Not Found”.

Posted on December 30, 2004

Usability Guidelines

A checklist for evaluating a website’s usability and accessibility.

Posted on December 10, 2004

The alt and title attributes

When browser vendors bend the standards and implement something in a different way than what the specification states, they may…

Posted on December 8, 2004

The Most Hated Advertising Techniques

Jakob Nielsen lists the kind of ads we hate the most.

Posted on December 6, 2004

Who framed the web: Frames and usability

Back in the nineties, using frames to split a browser window into several independent parts was very popular. Much due…

Posted on November 18, 2004

Accessible and usable websites

A study of users who work with screen readers.

Posted on November 9, 2004

The sound of title separators

How a screen reader pronounces some common title separators.

Posted on November 8, 2004

Document titles and title separators

I came across an interesting discussion on title separators the other day: What’s your favourite blip? at The Man in…

Posted on October 19, 2004

Checkboxes vs. Radio Buttons

Excellent advice on the use of checkboxes and radio buttons.

Posted on September 27, 2004

The Best of Eyetrack III

The key results of recent eyetracking research done on news sites.

Posted on September 18, 2004

Mastery, Mystery, and Misery

Jakob Nielsen defines three different approaches to web design.

Posted on September 8, 2004

Text Email Newsletter (TEN) Standard

A standard designed to increase usability and accessibility of plain text email newsletters.

Posted on September 6, 2004

Designer and user partnership

Both designers and users need to adapt to the flexibility of the web.

Posted on September 2, 2004

When newer is not better

Redesigns don’t necessarily make a site better or more useful.

Posted on August 21, 2004

8 Quick Ways to Fix Your Search Engine

Make your site’s search engine more usable.

Posted on August 15, 2004

URI (IRI) design

Some thoughts on what makes a good URI.

Posted on August 11, 2004

How to properly format dates

Learn how to format dates so that everybody can understand them.

Posted on August 10, 2004

Writing effective link text

Six guidelines for writing better link text.

Posted on August 7, 2004

Reading Online Text

A study of how margins and leading affect online reading performance.

Posted on August 6, 2004

Serif vs sans serif

Are serif or sans serif fonts best for body copy on the web?

Posted on August 3, 2004

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