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Designing Web Usability : The Practice of…

Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity

by Jakob Nielsen

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From the Guru of usability.
  mdstarr | Sep 11, 2011 |
Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity by Jakob Nielsen (1999) ( )
  krisiti | Jul 1, 2009 |
  AiRD | Dec 11, 2008 |
From the Guru of usability.
  muir | Dec 10, 2007 |
Jakob Nielsen is the computer industry’s declared “king of usability.” To that I say The King Has No Clothes! If you are a text-centric person, you will really love the Spartan and bare-bones approach philosophized by Dr. Nielsen. However, if you consider yourself someone who is graphically oriented (probably the vast majority of today’s contemporary computer users), you will find this book a complete waste of time and a major disappointment. In a nutshell, Dr. Nielsen eschews anything graphical and advocates systems designs that are Luddite in nature. His design philosophy is antiquated and completely out of touch with today’s systems. Reading this book I am reminded of the classic Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert and Wally are having lunch with a bitter veteran software developer. “When I started programming,” quips the old school veteran, “we didn’t have any of these sissy icons and windows. All we had were zeros and ones – and sometimes we didn’t even have ones. I once wrote an entire database program using zeros.” I am also filled with the sense that perhaps Nielsen may have flunked Crayola 101 in kindergarten and has been on an anti-graphical rant ever since. If you loved the old days of command line DOS operating systems, blue screens and commands requiring acrobatic keyboard maneuvers (e.g., tap your feet and blink twice while simultaneously pressing CTRL-Left Shift-ALT-F7), by all means grab this book. If you enjoy graphical user interfaces, then you’d better pass on this book. ( )
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Ervoor zorgen dat juist jouw website in het oog springt is niet zo eenvoudig als het lijkt. Door de enorme overvloed aan webpagina's die allemaal hun aandacht opeisen zijn vormgevers en Internet bedrijven gedwongen alles op alles te zetten om bezoekers aan te trekken. Een manier om dit te doen is om de site zo functioneel mogelijk te maken. Dit klinkt heel simpel maar surf maar eens rond en je zal merken dat het in de praktijk best wel tegenvalt. Wel eens nagedacht over een kortere URL zodat de kans op een typefout en daardoor het niet kunnen vinden van de site wordt verkleind?
In 'Functioneel webdesign' legt Jakob Nielsen haarfijn uit waar het allemaal om gaat: gebruikersvriendelijkheid. Hij beschrijft dit op een unieke manier en aan de hand van talloze voorbeelden. Hij verplaatst je in de gedachtewereld van de gemiddelde bezoeker van een website en legt hiermee een link tussen gebruiker en vormgever. Het boek legt je vooral uit wat je moet doen en niet zozeer hoe. het is dus niet gebaseerd op techniek maar op inzichten van een van de meest vooraanstaande mensen op dit gebied.
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Creating Web sites is easy. Creating sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of the wide range of online users is quite another story. In Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, renowned Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen shares his insightful thoughts on the subject. Packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, this book sets out many of the design precepts all Web developers should follow.

This guide segments discussions of Web usability into page, content, site, and intranet design. This breakdown skillfully isolates for the reader many subtly different challenges that are often mixed together in other discussions. For example, Nielsen addresses the requirements of viewing pages on varying monitor sizes separately from writing concise text for "scanability." Along the way, the author pulls no punches with his opinions, using phrases like "frames: just say no" to immediately make his feelings known. Fortunately, his advise is some of the best you'll find.

One of the unique aspects of this title is the use of actual statistics to buttress the author's opinions on various techniques and technologies. He includes survey results on sizes of screens, types of queries submitted to search portals, response times by connection type and more. This book is intended as the first of two volumes--focusing on the "what." The author promises a follow-up title that will show the "hows" and, based on this installation, we can't wait. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: Cross-platform design, response time considerations, writing for the Web, multimedia implementation, navigation strategies, search boxes, corporate intranet design, accessibility for disabled users, international considerations, and future predictions.

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Deals with content and page design, designing for ease of navigation and users with disabilities. This book presents a series of principles which show: that web users want to find what they're after quickly; and, that if they don't know what they're after, they want to browse quickly and access information they come across in a logical manner.… (more)

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