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dev:usability_guidelines [2009/12/15 05:25]
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dev:usability_guidelines [2010/04/18 15:28] (current)
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Work in progress Work in progress
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These guidelines include most factors to consider during a usability evaluation of a web site. Not all factors apply to every site. These guidelines include most factors to consider during a usability evaluation of a web site. Not all factors apply to every site.
The guidelines are a work in progress. Check back periodically for a new version The guidelines are a work in progress. Check back periodically for a new version
- +====Navigation====
-**Navigation**+
  * Current location within the site is shown clearly   * Current location within the site is shown clearly
  * Link to the site's main page is clearly identified   * Link to the site's main page is clearly identified
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-**Functionality**+====Functionality====
  * Site accommodates novice to expert users   * Site accommodates novice to expert users
  * Functions are clearly labeled   * Functions are clearly labeled
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-**User Control**+====User Control====
  * Site reflects user's workflow   * Site reflects user's workflow
  * User can cancel any operation   * User can cancel any operation
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-**Language and Content**+====Language and Content====
  * Important information and tasks are given prominence   * Important information and tasks are given prominence
  * Information of low relevance or rarely used information is not included   * Information of low relevance or rarely used information is not included
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-**Paragraphs are brief**+====Paragraphs are brief====
  * Links are concise, expressive, and visible--not buried in text   * Links are concise, expressive, and visible--not buried in text
  * Terms are defined   * Terms are defined
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-**Online Help and User Guides**+====Online Help and User Guides====
  * Site is designed to require minimal help and instructions   * Site is designed to require minimal help and instructions
  * Help and instructions, if needed, are easily accessible   * Help and instructions, if needed, are easily accessible
-**System and User Feedback**+====System and User Feedback====
  * It is always clear what is happening on the site -- visual hints, etc   * It is always clear what is happening on the site -- visual hints, etc
  * Users can receive email feedback if necessary   * Users can receive email feedback if necessary
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  * Users are informed if a plug-in or browser version is required   * Users are informed if a plug-in or browser version is required
  * Each page includes a "last updated" date   * Each page includes a "last updated" date
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