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Category Archives: Usability

A study in usability

How do you learn about usability?  Learning about usability can be accomplished by reading textbooks on the subject, or by reading internet articles.  But it can also be learned by looking at and examining examples of bad usability.  A good … Read more…

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Sometimes They Get it Wrong

As I have said in other posts, I am also an instructor at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Recently I had a student who wanted to create an ordered list of items in two columns and needed to have the … Read more…
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Usability in HTML and CSS

As a web developer I am very aware of the need for usability of web sites. I also teach HTML/CSS as an adjunct professor at Clark College. In the time that I have been teaching HTML/CSS and trying to help … Read more…

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Using multiple monitors

I remember the days when computer monitors were cathode ray tubes (CRTs) that could only show green characters on the screen. Yes, I am that old. It was amazing when displays could draw lines and text in black and white. … Read more…

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Web-based Applications: Best Practices

One of the services we offer to clients is a usability review of web sites or web-based tools. Sometimes we then are fortunate to help improve the site or tool. Being given the opportunity to review interfaces created by other … Read more…

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Usability and Web-based Applications

It seems like everyone and their dogs are rushing to put “applications” on the web. I think this is for two reasons. First, it’s a natural evolution from using static web pages (Web 1.0), to using ajax to make the … Read more…

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iPhone Stylus

I ordered a stylus for my iPad, because I wanted a pen that would allow me sketch on my iPad with an app I’d downloaded. I couldn’t remember the brand of stylus I’d read about, and that was my mistake—because … Read more…

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Beyond the “Spork”

One of the hallmarks of good user experience is a sense of delight. Here is a story about something that delighted me. Initially, I was a little sad to see this spork (combined spoon and fork) in my Trader Joe’s … Read more…

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Usability and Accessibility

I work with usability as it applies to web sites and interactive pieces. We sometimes discuss accessibility with our clients, which has brought up some interesting questions. (Depending on the client, accessibility may be a requirement for the design we … Read more…

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Crafting 404 pages

As a follow up to my earlier post on Entertaining Error Messages, I’d like to offer this article from Smashing Magazine. It’s a thoughtful explanation that looks at preventing the “page not found” error in the first place as well … Read more…

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