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-- Accessibility and Usability
---- What Is The Definition & Extent Of Web Site Usability?
cmarshall - 5:41 pm on Nov 6, 2007 (gmt 0)
Is the function/feature presented in the vernacular of the intended audience? (Not too simple, not too technical, using recognizable terms/icons, etc.) Is the function/feature immediately recognizable as such? (This is within the vernacular of the intended audience.) Does the function/feature fully resolve within my click count threshold? (I develop a min/max number of clicks, and "score" a page. I double the click count if the user has to think about the click, or move their cursor a long distance, etc.) Does the page have a "mission"? Does it stay within the boundaries of that "mission"? (i.e., if you are in a purchase page, then the user should not have to deal with profile management features, or if you are in a technical documentation page, the user should see all the documentation they need, and not have to worry about things like a schedule display, etc.) Is the user given sufficient feedback to know that an operation was successfully started/ended, etc.? Are distractions from the page "mission" minimized? (a tough call for ad-supported sites).
I use this type of punchlist:
I have lately started to divorce "usability" from "accessibility." Thanks to things like AJAX, they are now no longer synonymous. I consider usability to be my #1 goal, but accessibility is immediately behind it.
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