An A-list of contributors has provided insight to the new edition of Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines. The United States Government rounded-up contributors from such institutions as IBM, Carnegie Mellon University, and Human Factors International. This guide defines the essentials – rating their relativity and providing rich examples by way of screen shots.
These essentials are divided into chapters. Those being:
- Design Process and Evaluation
- Optimizing the User Experience
- Hardware and Software
- The Homepage
- Page Layout
- Scrolling and Paging
- Headings, Titles, and Labels
- Text Appearance
- Graphics, Images, and Multimedia
- Writing Web Content
- Content Organization
- Usability Testing
This is a must read for any web professional. Though don’t let the 292 pages scare you off. Around 190 of the pages are content with some half-page graphics. The rest include intro, glossary, appendix and sources. Feast your eyes @Â The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines.