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Usability and Accessibility by Jennifer Merritt

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2010 by art325b

In my opinion Jakob Nielsen website is quite boring with only text. There are no pictures. I think that his stance on usability is too rigid.

Quoting from his website :

My original reasons, when I designed the site in 1995, were as follows:

  • Download times rule the Web, and since many users still don’t have broadband, Web pages can be no more than 6 KB if they are to download in one second which is the required response time for hypertext navigation. Users do not keep their attention on the page if downloading exceeds 10 seconds, corresponding to 60 KB at modem speed. Keeping below these size limits rules out most graphics.
  • I am not a visual designer, so my graphics would look crummy anyway. Since this website is created by myself (and not by a multidisciplinary team as I always recommend for large sites) I didn’t want to spend money to hire an artist.

Just because it might take more time for a web page to come up because of pictures does not mean you should not put some graphics on your page. Pictures I think make a website come to life. It provides people with visuals that they can look at relating to the topic of the website.

Accessibility

Starting out, I found this quote that I found on the website that I really liked and thought it was great. It helps show that there are things that are being done regarding how the internet is changing the way we communicate even if people are disabled and need help getting information from a website…

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

As I was reading on some of the articles I found some that were interesting.

http://www.w3.org/2008/06/video-notes

This article talksd about the multimedia accessibility policy is in place to ensure that W3C’s work is accessible to all, including people with disabilities who cannot hear audio or see video, and to ensure that it meets W3C’s own standards, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It provided frequently asked questions about things for multimedia purposes that one might need to know for their website so people with disabilities can be able to access this information.

http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/

This article talked about how we can make the web accessible easy for people using mobile devices that have disabilities. Since many people are using their mobile devices a lot these days, these people will try to pull up sites, so if one is disabled of hearing or seeing this article will help a person design a website for that purpose.

http://www.w3.org/WAI/users/involving.html

This article provides us with information on understanding issues and using applications for people with those disabilities when working on a web project. 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