The internet is arguably the most powerful force for change today, an incredible channel for communicating and transmitting ideas world-wide and instantly. One aspect of the truly incredible gifts that the Net and current technological breakthroughs has given us is the gateway it opens for people who otherwise have difficulty moving around in the regular world, due to disabilities they have.
For example, by the very nature of the manufacturing process, Braille books are painfully expensive, and hard to get for everyone who needs them. With specialized equipment though, a blind person can access the internet and a whole world beyond the one his blindness has previously limited him to. People with restricted physical mobility can use the internet to ‘see’ the world. Continue reading Website Accessibility and Design: Acronyms Galore
Alertbox: a very informative newsletter on Web Usability. Their bookmark’s tagline:
“Design guidelines for Web and intranet usability, user research summarized, Top-10 mistakes of Web design, how to write for the Web, response time limits, small sites as Web’s killer apps, Web project management.”
You can bookmark Dr. Jakob Nielsen’s site to learn more about usability and accessibility principles that can enhance your website and teach you about the principles behind why we use our computers the way we do. Dr. Nielsen has had extensive and intensive experience in charting the development of the Internet and the evolution of electronic design and usage. He has articles dating back to 1995 that still offer relevant information on how our usage and technological changes influenced each other and the way the internet developed.
For the people hoping for a quick read, he already earmarked his top 2 must-read articles: Usability 101 and Top 10 mistakes of Web design. Continue reading Design and Usability Resources: Oldies but Goodies