Category: Blogging

I love bookstores. I love their rows and wall displays of knowledge and adventures waiting for me to find them. Sometimes I have to hunt for books because the bookstore forces me to work at it. There’s a silly little bookstore in a quaint town nearby that is so full of books that the owner no longer bothers to put them away or organize them with precision. You stroll into a room crammed with stacks of books on the floorRead more…

I think building web sites and dating are similar to one another. Both require skills and research. You want to present your best side. A stupid pickup line will not work for the untrusting and experienced person you run into at the bar, dance floor, salad section of the food store, or the homepage of your website. You can try, of course. However, barstool and web page abandonment may hurt until you learn the art of persuasion (and flirting.) ItRead more…

I’ve been watching our venture into informal user testing at Cre8asiteforums. There are presently two BETA applications being explored by willing volunteers, from various countries, computer experience and interests. What strikes me is how well each company’s programmers are taking the news. Explore or review: Textic Talk This JavaScript application renders in browsers, on demand, to provide website audio. We learned to not compare it with screen readers. Textit Talklets lets you highlight text with your mouse so that itRead more…

It’s that time of year again. You’ve recovered from last year’s holiday selling season, and are optimistic for an even better one this time. However, you’ve noticed competition is smarter, traffic is slowing, customers are spending less and promotional efforts aren’t paying off. The following is the first of four articles I’m writing for a series called: “Holiday Season Ecommerce Usability: Easy Steps You Can Take Now to Kickoff a Successful Selling Season” Their purpose is to offer ways toRead more…

Adaptive Path released a small part of the results of a survey “into how organizations value and practice user experience” by writing What term do you use for ‘user experience’?. They asked: One of the simpler questions was, “If you use other terms [than ‘user experience’] that are similar in meaning or intent, which terms do you use?” They got back 157 terms. That’s 157 ways to describe the experience of making something usable or to communicate usability. We hadRead more…

Some recent tidbits of information, help and questions have come my way that I want to pass along: 1. Why don’t screen readers support self labeling? I love self labeling because it makes the design more compact and protects the text from search engines. Why would you want to protect text from search engines? Joe Dolson takes on this discussion with some stunning feedback, such as, One of the problems with self-labeling is that, should a user start to fillRead more…

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