Category: Blog Usability

I was thrilled to see Matt Bailey interview Lee Laughlin in his accessbility blog. I know Lee as well, and instantly liked her. She’s warm and funny, but in her role as an event planner, always professional, on top of everything, gracious to all her guests, and has a tough streak I admire. Do not ever tell Lee she can’t do something. Matt’s interview with her focuses on her sight problems due to albinism. She is the one I referredRead more…

I’ve had an extremely busy day that included user testing with Camtasia and installing a new moderator at Cre8asiteforums (Congratulations Joe Dolson!) I barely had time to feed anybody here, which tonight, was no big deal because nobody was here at the same time to eat together anyway. Flattery is the new SEO So, I finally nestled down for another peek at my feeds (this is not considered work, by the way. I relax, put up my feet, help aRead more…

I’ve been having an entertaining and slightly heated conversation with someone who insists that forums, such as the one I founded, are hotbeds of bad information. He’s convinced that people start companies based on the “education” they receive in forums and that, if I’m understanding his complaints, it’s my job to make sure every post is perfect and correct. In one example he chose, just to get my goose, he used a thread in which someone wanted a FLASH-based websiteRead more…

As I type this in Firefox, my MSIE browser is also open and the sound is turned on. The new Microsoft search engine, MsDewey, is talking to me from that other browser. Every once in awhile, a female voice shouts “Hello! Type something here!” and I hear her impatiently sigh in frustration. A minute ago, she knocked on my laptop monitor. Though in Firefox, opened up to WordPress, Ms. Dewey is growing increasingly impatient with me over at IE. She’sRead more…

I got into the habit of browsing with the sound turned off when it became obvious that website designers wanted to control my Internet experience. I’m not alone. Control and choice are key computer user rights, aren’t they? Maybe not. It’s educational to get a glimpse into computer user habits. The topic of website sound, and end user rights and wishes, came up this week at Cre8siteforums in Sound on Webpages. It began with a simple question: What’s the generalRead more…

When purchasing an automobile, chances are good you take several out for a test ride. You play with the buttons. Get a feel for where your head is in relation to the ceiling, windshield, dashboard and sun visor. Is it usable for you? Maybe you step on the gas pedal to see how fast it goes from zero to 60mph. Or doesn’t. When you get back to the dealership, you ask about available colors, ship dates if a hot modelRead more…

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