Thursday, July 09, 2009

FFC2009: Web Standards, Accessibility & Usability

Web Standards, Accessibility & Usability: Experience is the Key by Regnard Raquedan

Evolution
• with changes happening, expectations change.
• "Authenticity" - Joe Pine & Jim Gilmore
∘ successive imperatives and sensibilities

Layers of Experience for Web Design
• Jesse James Garrett
∘ Look and feel -> Way-finding and Navigation -> Information Architecture -> Features and Content -> User Needs and Site Goals

Qualities of User Experience
• Peter Morville
∘ UE as honeycomb
∘ useful
∘ usable
∘ valuable
∘ findable
∘ desirable
∘ accessible

How to Improve Web Experience
• Web standards
∘ Markup/Structure
‣ HTML 4.01
‣ XHTML 1.0
∘ Presentation
‣ CSS
∘ Behavior
‣ DOM

∘ Advantage
‣ Ease of Maintenance
‣ Accessibility
‣ Device Compatibility

∘ How can I make my site standards compatible?
‣ Change your mindset
‣ Use the standards
‣ Validate
∘ Current Issues Web Standards
‣ Browsers
• Firefox now has 20% share
‣ Legacy Issues
   

• Accessibility
∘ making your site accessible to people with disabilities
∘ Why make your sites accessible?
‣ Give the experience to people with disabilities.
‣ Benefits to people with and without disabilities.
‣ Socially-responsible thing to do.
http://pwag.org/

• Usability
∘ ease of use
∘ What makes websites usable?
‣ easy to learn
‣ efficient
‣ easy to remember
• habit forming
‣ handle errors properly
• give a way out
∘ go back
∘ go contact support
∘ etc
‣ satisfying to the senses
∘ How can I make my sites more usable?
‣ Get the basics done.
‣ Put the user in mind.
‣ Remember context.
‣ Test.
• Local Scene
∘ Web standards
‣ blogs
∘ Accessibility
‣ Phil. Web Accessibility Group
∘ Usability
‣ World Usability Day Manila

Put users in mind :)

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