AccVerify: Software for accesible Web sites

AccVerify provides for the verification of Accessibility policy and standards required for Web sites. AccVerify™ differentiates between the W3C Guidelines and the Rehabilitation Act 508 Section 1194.22

Accessibility and Section 508: How will it affect software and Web development firms?

An article in InternetWorld talks about how some companies are complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public. The deadline for compliance is June 21. Quoted from the article: So is this just a concern for federal government agencies? Michael Robertson, head of marketing for Corda, sees four customer markets for his company's product: the federal government, of course; state government; higher education; and large companies. "We have some Fortune 500 companies that do business with government," he said, suggesting it will spread throughout the industry, as did the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Now, even more reason for people add splash screens to their sites

I ran across an article on SitePoint that tells you how to add Flash to your site without having to purchase Macromedia Flash. For instance, at FlashBlaster you can create a useless splash screen using one of their templates. Great. If we all link to this site, maybe the skip intros will proliferate at a dizzying clip! [that's sarcasm, silly]

Better Data Brings Better Sales

[from tomalak's realm] Revenue on your B-to-B site not as high as you hoped? The problem could be too little product information and a poorly designed interface. Jakob Nielsen writes in Business 2.0 about the information you need to present on your ecommerce site to make sales. It should be obvious that you need to show important data like price and a clear product description (not saddled by buzzwords), but Nielsen says, vendors often don't. Guidelines's Research Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines is now live.

Advertising: A Cry for Usability

On Clickz, Kim Brooks talks about how the intrusiveness of advertising encroaches on the usability of Web sites in Advertising: A Cry for Usability, and suggests that ensuring usability in a campaign that includes advertising will benefit advertisers.

Usable WAP applications

VBXML has an article about building usable WAP applications.

Complaint generator

[from webword] Need to complain about someone? Don't bother coming up with the words yourself, let the complaint generator do the leg work for you.

Webword's Web Usability Bill of Rights

John S. Rhodes and Sean Lindsay have posted a Web Usability Bill of Rights on Webword that trumpets the gripes and frustrations that, undoubtedly, some percentage of your audience has probably brought up in the past. Word up Webword.

Wearable computer devices

eweek has an article on wearable devices gaining ground in both vertical and consumer markets.

Usability tips's Usability Information Centre has a nice offering of Usability tips.

The Web's Master Builders

[from Computerworld, 1/22/2001] Computerworld talks about the development of the IA practice on in The Web's Master Builders. flash navigation

[site of the day on Builder] Huh? That's what I said after seeing the splash page for Spring.One. Then I figured out after reading the tiny 7px black text (in Rotorcap or whatever) that the text on the bottom of the page gets you in. Once I got in, I saw small boxes come out of a large box (like those Russian eggs that are a big prize for tourists). When you mouse over a box, it opens up and more boxes swing out. Huh, again? Play around a little more and you will see that those new little boxes are the navigation. Cute. This is why people hate flash so much.

Scattered thoughts on the practice of information architecture

I wrote up some reflections on the practice of information architecture within organizations, primarily around intranets. I'd love some feedback.

Mr. .com

This idiot apparently changed his first name to ".com".

[from elegant hack] Peter Merholz and Jennifer Fleming deconstruct

Secrets of a search expert

Yahoo! Internet Life has an article by and about Marylaine Block, an Internet Librarian, that discusses how a professional searcher uses the Web (or doesn't use the Web) to do research.

If you're having trouble navigating maybe Lori can help: The return of the automated assistants

The Standard is running an article on Mcafee's virtual assistant. This is another example of natural language processing applications being used for online assistance/call center activities. According to Mcafee, navigation related help desk inquiries has dropped by half since the introduction of "Lori", their virtual site assistant.

Interactive TV Usability discussion group

UsableiTV. This egroup provides a discussion network for researchers and developers who are interested in the human factors issues relating to interactive TV (iTV) services.

Why Evolutionary Software Development Works

[from CHIWEB] Harvard Business School Working Knowledge is running an excerpt from the MIT Sloan Management Review on evolutionary, iterative prototyping: Why Evolutionary Software Development Works. The article reports the findings of a two-year study by Marco Iansiti and Alan McCormack of the Harvard Business School that observed 29 projects from 17 firms. (You will need to sign in first to read this article.)

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