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Guidelines for Design to Enhance Website Usability.

March 27, 2016 | Author: | Posted in technology, web design

Stu X

Prof X


15 Nov 2006

Improving Web Design

In the 21st century the world is increasingly becoming interconnected The World Wide Web has contributed to the ever-shrinking size of the globe in terms of communication and accessibility to information . It used to be that a particular set of knowledge could be kept in a family clan , tribe , culture or nation for hundreds or even thousands of years The people in the know can knowing or unknowingly guard these secrets The rigid social structure in many parts [banner_entry_middle]

of the world helps in blocking the flow of information . Yet since the coming of the Internet this has changed

The most important component of Information Technology is the Web site This concept has indeed revolutionized how ordinary people use the Internet . Before going further it will be very helpful for this study to know what is the more technical meaning of term . The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services offers the following definition

A site (location ) on the Word Wide Web . Each website contains a homepage , which is the first document users see when they enter the site . The site may also contain additional documents and s . Each site is owned and managed by an individual , company , or organization (see State of Texas site

Without websites , surfing the web would be as dull as reading pages of unillustrated technical material . But with websites the average person can see a more practical and functional page where one can get information , send information and interact in so many different ways that makes web surfing such an exciting activity

The following pages will discuss the perennial problems of website design . Even as technology improves the difficulties encountered by many Internet users does not seem to diminish . It seems that the more bleeding edge ‘ the technology gets , the crazier the average user becomes . Therefore it is not about technology . What a designer needs to do in to create the a great website is a combination of common sense and practicality . Usability and functionality must be top priorities and each one should be tailored with goals of the individual organization or corporation in mind

Jakob Nielsen etc

The following are some of the most common complaints that one can receive from users of the Internet and surfers of the web . Most of the ideas and concepts found below are taken in large part from the work of Jakob Nielsen . According to Lu Stout of CNN .com Mr . Nielsen is a web usability expert who has straightforward answers regarding issues connected to web design and how humans interface with them (see CNN .com .a principal of Nielsen Norman Group . He is the founder of the discount usability engineering which emphasizes fast and efficient methods for improving the quality of user interfaces . Nielsen , noted as `the world ‘s leading expert on Web usability ‘ by the U .S . News and World Report [ .] the author of the best-selling book Designing Web Usability : The Practice of… [banner_entry_footer]


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