How to adjust an iframe element’s height to fit its content

In some cases JavaScript can be used to resize an iframe element to make it as tall as its content, making it look like the content is part of the parent page.

Posted on December 16, 2011

Please provide a usable fallback for Flash content

The number of people browsing the web without Flash Player installed is non-negligible, so if you use Flash it is worth your time to give them a better impression.

Posted on October 20, 2011

Restaurant websites

Many restaurant websites suffer from bad usability problems. Never said about restaurant websites highlights some of these by using quotes of things people won't actually say.

Posted on March 29, 2011

Writing useful page titles

A few simple guidelines that will help you create readable, usable, and accessible titles for your web pages.

Posted on February 8, 2011

FeedBurner URLs without querystrings

FeedBurner may be adding querystring parameters that mess up the URLs of your posts without you knowing about it. Unless you actually use those parameters, here's how to remove them.

Posted on January 6, 2011

Use uppercase text judiciously

Text set in all uppercase letters may slow readers down and may cause some screen readers to spell words out letter by letter. Use good judgement when capitalising text.

Posted on December 13, 2010

Please don't resize my browser window

One of the most annoying things a website can do when I visit it is use JavaScript to resize my browser window. Just don't do it.

Posted on August 16, 2010

Frustrated by the Web

During my time off from work I've still been using the Web. It makes me very frustrated more often than it should.

Posted on August 10, 2010

Reverse chronological order comments

A few suggestions for sites that display reader comments in reverse chronological order, especially in combination with paging.

Posted on March 11, 2010

Don’t fear the fold – people do scroll

If a web page is taller than the browser window, people do know how to scroll and will do so if they need to to find what they are looking for.

Posted on December 14, 2009

Use a background image in your CSS? Remember to specify a backup colour.

Whenever you place text on top of a background image, check if the text is readable if the image is missing and specify a background colour if necessary.

Posted on December 3, 2009

Användbarhetsboken – a free online book on usability

If you can read Swedish, here's an opportunity to read a good book on usability for free.

Posted on September 16, 2009

Let your links look like links

Don't make your users waste their time by hiding links. If you can't stand the look of blue and underlined links, there are other ways of making them obvious. But do not rely on colour alone.

Posted on April 22, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSS3 Multi-column layout considered harmful

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

Posted on September 28, 2005

Usability testing without a budget

How to do usability testing of websites even if you have no time and no money.

Posted on May 2, 2005

Who framed the web: Frames and usability

Posted on November 18, 2004

Document titles and title separators

Posted on October 19, 2004

Usability and Fly-Out Menus

Posted on March 28, 2004

Recent Alertboxes

Posted on December 22, 2003

The Great Fixed vs Fluid Debate

Posted on December 16, 2003

Font sizing trouble

Posted on November 29, 2003

Flexible vs fixed

Posted on November 12, 2003

Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines

Posted on November 11, 2003

Usability comic strip

Posted on November 5, 2003

Colour in design

Posted on October 21, 2003

Practices and Patterns

Posted on October 2, 2003

Verdana bad?

Posted on September 24, 2003


Posted on September 18, 2003

The cost of usability

Posted on May 20, 2003

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