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Comprehensive Guidelines (7 links)

More General Topic(s): Methods (16), Design Tips (41)

Broad and fairly complete web design advice.

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E-Commerce User Experience
Nielsen Norman Group's Design Guidelines.

Based on usability studies from 20 sites. Chapters:

  • High-Level Strategy
  • Category Pages
  • Product Pages
  • Checkout & Registration
  • Search
  • Selling Strategies
  • Trust
  • International Users
  • Methodology

And pretty inexpensive, too.

Topic: Ecommerce (25)
Destination: Nielsen Norman Group (9)
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January 9, 2001


Research-Based Web Site Design and Usability Guidelines
From National Cancer Institute.

Destination: (5)
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December 1, 1999


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines for universal access to web content.

The guidelines help to make content accessible to people with disabilities:

  • Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content.
  • Don't rely on color alone.
  • Use markup and style sheets properly.
  • Clarify natural language usage
  • Create tables that transform gracefully.
  • Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully.
  • Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes.
  • Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces.
  • Design for device-independence.
  • Use interim solutions.
  • Use W3C technologies and guidelines.
  • Provide context and orientation information.
  • Provide clear navigation mechanisms.
  • Ensure that documents are clear and simple.

Information on themes, conformance and priorities are also given. WAI is a W3C initiative. On March 24, 1999, became a "proposed recommendation".

Topic: Accessibility (19)
Destination: World Wide Web Consortium (8)
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April 11, 1999


Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide
Probably the most-cited style manual.

By Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton. Now has book version.

Interface Design: Basic interface design for the Web, Information access issues, Navigation, Links & navigation.

Site Design: Site structure, Site elements, Intranet design factors, Site Covers.

Page Design: Graphic design 100, Balanced pages & menus, Design grids for pages, Graphic safe areas for Web pages, Page headers & footers, Typography, Typefaces, Consistency, Basic tables, Page length, Cross platform issues, Editorial style, Frames, Advanced tables.

Web Graphics: Color display primer, Graphic file formats, Interlaced GIFs, Transparent GIFs, JPEG graphics, Illustrations, Optimizing graphics, Height & width tags, Colored backgrounds, Image maps.

Web Multimedia and Animation: Design and audiovisual elements, Digital video, Digital audio, GIF animation.

Appendices: Literature cited, Multimedia bibliography, Graphic user interface bibliography, User interface glossary.

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July 26, 1997


Improving Web Site Usability and Appeal ... plan/html/improvingsiteusa.asp
Research findings on increasing the usability and appeal of Web sites.

Kevin Keeker's compilation from more than a year's worth of usability and marketing research on MSN. Compiled by MSN Usability Research.

"...most of the tips will not surprise experienced designers or producers..."

Major sections:

  • Content Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Promoting Content
  • Made-for-the-Medium Content
  • Emotional Response

Topic: Research (35)
Destination: MSDN (4)
Author: Keeker, Kevin (1)
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July 24, 1997


Guidelines for Designing Usable World Wide Web Pages ... /shortpap/Rodriguez/rn_txt.htm
Guidelines compiled from a heuristic evaluation of existing sites.

Derived guidelines from Nielsen's heuristics were given to students to follow while redesigning.

Topic: Research (35)
Destination: CHI Proceedings (10)
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September 16, 1996


Guidelines for Multimedia on the Web
Animation, audio, video guidelines.

December, 1995, Alertbox.

Animation advice focuses on only using it when it helps, such as showing change over time.

Video guidelines include advice on subtitles.

Audio is best used as an alternate communication channel, like background music to set the mood.

Also points out that response time is crucial for effective multimedia.

Topics: Multimedia (12), Animation (3)
Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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December 25, 1995

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