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Usability and the Web
Contributor: Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable®

Although good web site usability is an aim to constantly strive for, building a web sites is all about compromise. A web site has to function when viewed with various browser applications and you should test your site on a number of different computers, operating systems and browsers.

Web sites should function correctly with both PC (Win 95 and above) and Apple (OS 9 and above) computers (including iMac). We test our sites on a number of cross platform browsers (PC and Mac as described above): Netscape 4.7 and above; Internet Explorer 4 and above.

Well designed web sites should be fully viewable at a screen area of 800 X 600 pixels and above running either Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 / Netscape 4.7 and above, using a 15inch monitor and above.

We've put together an additional twenty five usability guidelines which, if followed, will ensure you're well on your way to provide an effective site:

provide a clear and concise name for each of your pages
don't use a splash page to introduce your site
don't use frames
create a clear content hierarchy
use existing web conventions
do not change link colours from default values
ensure you know who your audience is
aim for a maximum of three clicks to any area of your site
define what your site will do
be completely consistent with your site navigation
use animation sparingly
keep content up to date
provide a privacy policy
provide a search facility
write content specially for your web site
do not cut and paste existing company documents onto your web site
provide alt tags to every image on your web site
make it simple for users to report problems with your site
test as often as possible
create a distinctive home page
provide on-line help
spell check everything
check all links
review in as many browsers as possible and on PC and Mac
be self critical and don't beleive your own publicity

Graphic design can significantly improve the usability of a web site when used in tandem with the kinds of advice above. Usability experts tend to forget that a visually attractive site also adds a great deal to the ease in which users attain their on-line goals.

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Authors background
Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author.

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