Academic and scientific papers have a huge readability and usability problem. They are often jargon-filled and hard to comprehend. It has been getting worse for decades. Using best practices for writing on the web could help increase readability and scannability for a wider audience. Continue reading
Academic papers can be quite densely formatted. Using best practices for writing on the web could help increase readability and scannability for a wider audience. Continue reading
Microsoft recently announced an add-on to Office 2007 to let people search for commands by typing it in if they can’t find it in the new Ribbon user interface.
I find it interesting that a number of interfaces are now offering “shortcuts” to mouse clicking everywhere.
Is typing become the new clicking? Continue reading
Usability is often considered a big deal and ultimate goal for a site. While obviously important, user experience expert Jesse James Garrett (also the guy the coined the phrase AJAX) makes the point that it is just the first step. Continue reading
Young people don’t notice technology; its just a part of their lives. And that is how it should be. For web development this underscores the importance of usability. Its only us that should worry about one-naught stuff! Continue reading
Simple things like using wider fonts (e.g. verdana instead of arial, or georgia instead of times), generous line height, and good use of white space (e.g. margins and paddings) can dramatically improve the accessibility, usability and aesthetics of your pages. Use them! Continue reading