A Pattern Language for Web Usability

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Despite the astronomical number of hours invested in developing websites for commercial and other uses, it is now clear that many websites are poorly designed and have floundered as a result. There are four main aspects of website design that can affect a site's success: usability, content, navigation and aesthetics. The last three aspects all contribute in some way to the first. One possible solution to the problem of ineffective website design is to develop and follow a set of guidelines for designing usable websites. One of the most important recent deas in software development is that of design patterns. Design patterns are standard solutions to recurring problems, defined to help people discuss them easily and to share solutions to common design problems. This book introduces and details a pattern language that will help you to address all four aspects crucial to website design success. As well as defining the 79 patterns that make up his pattern language, Ian Graham provides a handy reference to existing best practice, organized in a way that reflects the structure of a typical web design project. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of good and bad websites to help you grasp clearly the essentials of successful website design. The full color pattern language is ready for you to apply to your own design projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201788884
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/31/2003
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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Table of Contents

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1 An introduction to patterns 1
1.1 What are patterns? 1
1.2 Patterns in software engineering 7
1.3 Organizational patterns 12
1.4 Other pattern types 19
1.5 Patterns or patterns languages? 20
2 Designing user interfaces 23
2.1 Introduction to HCI and GUI design 25
2.2 Designing intertaction 30
2.3 Usability patterns 42
2.4 Bibliographical notes 44
3 The wu pattern language 47
3.1 Basics 48
3.2 Getting started on your site 52
3.3 Enhancing usability 117
3.4 Adding detail 160
3.5 Dealing with workflow and security 220
4 Examples of using the wu language 253
4.1 Designing a workflow-centric site 253
4.2 Designing the wu site 254
4.3 Designing and improving other kinds of site 259
App.: wu patterns in brief 261
References and bibliography 265
Name index 271
Subject index 275
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