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HCL Usability and Accessibility

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 by art325b

Usability:

Jakob Nielsen’s view on web usability is too rigid. He has a “pet peeve” when it comes to using text and not many graphics. His website is not visually interesting.

He says”the entire idea of a menu is to rely on recognition rather than recall,” but i think if there is no familiarity on a web-page then it will take longer to find what you need. People like some consistency when searching menus (depending on the site).

He also says “Response times must be fast enough that users don’t forget what they’re in the middle of doing while waiting for the next page to load,” (which i agree with) but if your page has no graphics or interactive material then what would really set you apart from other websites if they all followed his guidelines?

His statistics are impressive and he’s a very intelligent person, but his usability guidelines are too rigid for our culture. There needs to be a compromise.

Accessibility:

Providing equivalent accessibility alternatives to auditory and visual content is important and absolutely necessary.

Regarding new web standards and how technology is changing the way we communicate via the web, the W3C standards are changing for mobile devices. Every website should have a page for mobile devices, remembering the screen size to make information accessible. Here is a link for the top ten ways to mobilize your website. Things to Remember.

Secondly i found where the internet is also located through “PDA, car navigation system and home appliances.”Its not only for mobile phones. We need a “One Web.” Heres the link to the page which i found this.

Thirdly i think its important to remember accessibility such as alternative text, keyboard input, transcripts for podcasts and other examples. 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