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By now, virtually everyone at least pays lip service to usability. So why is web usability still so uneven? Because there are just too many opportunities to go astray. The solution: a coherent, end-to-end web design process that supports usability without overburdening the web professionals who must live with it.
There is such a process. It's called pervasive usability, and it's the subject of this book.
Thankfully, the authors of Usability for the Web are thoroughly grounded in the realities of contemporary web development. If multiple approaches to usability are relevant, they show how to choose the one that's easiest to implement, most cost-effective, and most likely to work.
You'll walk through clarifying your goals -- and understanding your users as they are (not how you wish they were). There's guidance on task analysis, information architecture, navigation, mockups and prototypes, production, launch, and usability evaluation. The book's also packed with tools: interview worksheets, mockup checklists, writer's guidelines, even tools for brainstorming icons and testing whether anyone understands them.
There's a side benefit of pervasive usability. Well, actually, it's a core benefit: it brings reason, clarity, and unity to your entire web project. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.