users love search boxes
is everything on your site searchable?
Not so good:
How Googleable is your website?
many users prefer to navigate from a search engine
browser and device neutral
test…then test some more….
does your site require more than a browser?
avoid using proprietary formats
do you need a separate mobile site?
…..or a responsive design?
meet your user’s expectations
Top websites in the US by usage:
does your site follow these standards?
can all your patrons use your site?
“Access problems often occur because website designers mistakenly assume
that everyone sees and accesses a webpage in the same way. ”
– ADA best practices toolkit
go back to step 1
“Websites are like living organisms…
if they stop changing, they die.”
-- Heather Shaw, graphic designer
Usability Guidelines: http://usability.gov/guidelines/guidelines_book.pdf
Krug, Steve. (2005). Don’t make me think: A commonsense approach to web usability.
2nd ed. Indianapolis: New Riders.
Steve Krug’s website: http://www.sensible.com/
Jakob Nielsen’s website: http://www.nngroup.com/
“Top 10 mistakes in website design” by Jakob Nielsen:
Mobile Usability from Jakob Nielsen:
W3C Mobile Checker – check to see if your site is mobile compatible:
Some good websites:
ADA best practices toolkit: http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap5toolkit.htm
Accessibility basics from usability.gov: http://www.usability.gov/what-andwhy/accessibility.html
Section 508 guidelines: http://www.section508.gov/
United States Access Board: a federal agency committed to accessible design
Good blog post comparing screen readers: http://usabilitygeek.com/10-free-screenreader-blind-visually-impaired-users/
Demo version of JAWS: http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/jawsdownloads.asp
Free screen readers:
This presentation and more: