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Semantic Web -- RDF test cases

RDF Test Cases Working Draft Published - 15 November 2001: The RDF Core Working Group has released an updated Working Draft of RDF Test Cases. The draft describes a set of machine-processable test cases that correspond to the issues the Working Group is addressing. Comments are welcome. Read about the Semantic Web Activity. (News archive)

W3C speech recognition working draft

Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition Working Draft Published - 16 November 2001: The Voice Browser Working Group has released the first public Working Draft of Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition. Part of the W3C Speech Interface Framework, the draft describes syntax and semantics for tags in speech recognition grammar that are used to build computer-processable representations of user utterances. Comments are welcome. Visit the Voice Browser home page. (News archive)

Persona development

Robert Reinman's personas presentation for AIGA Advance for Design in 1999.

thanks CarbonLog

New ACIA content

New content on Argus Center for Information Architecture. IAsk Survey: "Formal Educational Credentials for Information Architects" A repeat of the 11/00 survey; predictions of more certification and graduate level education. ACIA Interview: Bonnie Nardi, Agilent Laboratories Co-author of Information Ecologies, Bonnie comments on ethnography, user-centered design, and activity-centered design.

ASIS&T Summit call for participation

View the call for participation for the Summmit, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from March 15-17, 2002.

The anti-thesaurus

LISNews pointed to this article by Nicholas Carroll of Hastings Research which propses the creation of a new metadata tag in order to get better results in search engines.

In the continual struggle between search engine administrators, index spammers, and the chaos that underlies knowledge classification, we have endless tools for "increasing relevance" of search returns, ranging from much ballyhooed and misunderstood "meta keywords", to complex algorithms that are still far from perfecting artificial intelligence. Proposal: there should be a metadata standard allowing webmasters to manually decrease the relevance of their pages for specific search terms and phrases.

Classifying web content

In New Thinking, Gerry McGovern talks about classifying web site content. He offers some tips in implementing and testing a simple classification scheme.

Classification is to content as mapping is to geography. It is an essential tool that allows the person visiting a website to navigate it quickly and efficiently. Without professional classification a website becomes a jumble yard of content that is confusing and time wasting. Before the Web, classification was some peripheral activity that happened deep in the bowels of the library. But the Web is a library. It is a place where people come to quickly find content. Quality classification facilitates them in doing that.

Usable forms for an international audience

Christina pointed to this evolt article on creating usable forms.

There is obviously a growing interest in providing services to an international market. Whether you are a North American company wanting to sell overseas, or within Australia or Europe and wanting to service a massive US market, you absolutely have to consider the differences in information likely to be provided by your users. Without doubt, validation can be an impediment to users. It is critical that you do not leap into designing a form without prior thought: how can you create a form that is usable by your local or primary audience? Additionally, how can you create a form that is usable by an international or secondary audience?

The art is in the code: Authoring SVG graphics

Webreference article on Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) The ability to describe images using an XML-based syntax provides multiple advantages to Web developers. Read on to discover the basic elements of the W3C's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) recommendation, including its support for shapes, filters, and gradients. By Eddie Traversa.

Website patterns

AWiki started collecting links WebsitePattern collections.

Best intranets of 2001

Useit Alertbox for November 25 The best intranets of 2001 emphasize iterative design and standardized navigation, and feature collaboration tools and content management systems. On average, companies saw intranet use increase by 98% following their winning usability redesigns. thanks Tomalak's Realm

Testing iaslash

We're converting iaslash to drupal, a more robust application for content management. Please send questions while we test. There is still more to do including figuring out what some of the features of this software do :). At the moment, user accounts and stories have been integrated, but comments are not integrated yet. New sections:

  • News feed aggregator :: A new feature, suggested by Jess McMullin, is the News Feeds section which aggregates headlines from some of the top blogs. If you syndicate your site using RSS and feel it should go there, please let me know.
  • User blogs :: Registered users can post to personal weblogs maintained on iaslash. These weblog entries will be promoted on the front page of iaslash and the headlines can be syndicated on other sites using RSS/XML. For example, here is what my blog looks like.
  • Site cloud :: The site cloud is a bit like the old ia/ surf page. It functions a bit like weblogs.com in indicating when the tracked sites have been updated. I will be moving the old surf pages to this section.
Will keep you updated as I learn more about drupal. Will start documenting how to use iaslash in the collaborative book/handbook section. -m

Happy Thanksgiving

No blogging for the rest of the week. Happy Thanksgiving.

So What IS User Requirements Gathering?

New on Frontend Usabiilty Infocentre After our previous discussion of the alternatives, a belated introduction to how user requirement gathering should be done...

All the News Thats Fit for You

Technology Review article about Microsoft's Q-Video. Microsoft's video clipping service aims to ease your information overload. At its tenth anniversary this fall, Microsoft Research unveiled prototype software that analyzes and indexes news footage. Q-Video, as Microsoft calls it, lets viewers find a CNN story as easily as a New York Times article.

Vividence report -- Why consumers abandon shopping carts online

Industry studies estimate that up to 75 percent of Web consumers abandon their shopping carts before making purchases online. A recent study by Vividence Corporation, offers valuable insight into why users abandon shopping carts. Vividence's study evaluated the experiences of 719 consumers as they used shopping carts on e-commerce sites. According to the study, the top reasons for shopping cart abandonment, and the percentage of consumers citing each as a reason, include:

  1. High shipping prices (72%)
  2. Comparison shopping or browsing (61%)
  3. Changed mind (56%)
  4. Saving items for later purchase (51%)
  5. Total cost of items is too high (43%)
  6. Checkout process is too long (41%)
  7. Checkout requires too much personal information (35%)
  8. Site requires registration before purchase (34%)
  9. Site is unstable or unreliable (31%)
  10. Checkout process is confusing (27%)

Society for News Design

The Society for News Design (formerly the Society of Newspaper Design) is comprised of designers and editors. They include on site includes event listings, publications, programs, a job bank, and some original content.

NYPL Online Style Guide

This style guide more site development than design, but thought it might be of interest. This Style Guide for the Branch Libraries of the New York Public Library explains the markup and design requirements for all Branch Libraries web projects, along with various standards and best practices. Branch Libraries projects must be authored in valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional and styled with valid Cascading Style Sheets. See the XHTML and CSS sections below for details. Additional sections of this Style Guide, coming soon, will provide information on writing for the web, naming and filing your documents, and other useful topics and guidelines.

CHI 2002, Patterns in Practice: A Workshop for UI Designers

CHI 2002 is going to have a design patterns workshop. Visit the site for call for participation.

Usability and Navigation

In Web Developer's Virtual Library, Andrew Starling offers advice for producing usable navigation. Ever given up on a site because it's too difficult to get around? It's a silly way to lose visitors. In this article we'll look at how you can set up internal links so your visitors can move from page to page with ease.

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