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BDM Usability and Accessibility

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 by art325b

When viewing Jakob Nielson’s website it’s very clear that it’s, for lack of a better word, boring.
It’s hard for me to follow the content, and even though things are sectioned off with bold letters and the like, it’s a little hard to find what you’re looking for. I personally feel disconnected from it and disinterested. I couldn’t really look at it for long without getting extremely bored.

He uses no images whatsoever in his site (that I could find), and he states that this is because it creates a longer load time for pages. In order for this load time to be short enough, “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.” He also says that “Users do not keep their attention on the page if downloading exceeds 10 seconds…” Yes that may be so, but how often to you stumble across a web page that takes that long?

Yes, load time is important, but this is the 2010, not 1995. Most other websites are light years ahead of his.
His stance on usability is far too rigid.

Accessibility:

This is an absolute necessity when it comes to the web being friendly to all users. The web is something that almost everyone uses throughout their daily lives, and those with disabilities shouldn’t be excluded from this necessity.

The W3C is doing many new things when it comes to us communicating via the web. Mobile access is a huge one. Most websites should have a mobile friendly version of the site so users with mobile devices can view sites just as easily and efficiently as those with notebooks or desktops. 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