Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Remembering Low Vision Users

One group of web users that is often over looked when web sites are designed are users with low vision. What people don't realize is that low-vision users need something a lot different in the way a web site is layed out then what are used to.

Joe Clark, who I hope to meet at some point, talks about this in his A List Apart article - Big, Stark, and Chunky.
"...most people with impaired vision can still see something, and a large but unquantified segment of this group sees well enough to use a computer with a magnified or zoomed display. We have not done a good job of catering to these screen-magnification or zoom users. Using CSS, it’s easy to do, as we shall soon see."
Joe also at the @media conference in London last week I hear gave an inspiring presentation about Zooming the web.

This challenged Gez Lemon of Juicy Studio and Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street to think about how he could incorporate a different style sheet into his web site for low vision users.

I think this a challenge that we should all try an do zoom user style sheets for our own sites.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Writing a paper...

I am working on a paper about techniques used in evaluating web sites for web accessibility.

If you have any techniques that you that really work for you and you would like to share, email me. I'd love to hear different insights.

Usability Testing in 5 Seconds...

Christine Perfetti recently wrote a really excellent article about 5 second usability testing.

Most users will only stay on a web page for about 5 seconds. This technique explores the kind of initial impression that your web site is giving on the user in those 5 seconds.

Try it out. It works.

Joe Clark's Live Blogging at @media 2005

Over June 9th & 10th, some of the brightest minds in web standards & web accessibility came to talk to a web conference in London called @media.

The indispensable Joe Clark, accessibility writer and expert, both spoke at the conference and live blogged most of it. I was unable to attend the conference so I'm thankful that Joe live blogged it and posted his presentation slides up to the web.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

I'm Back...

I took a little bit of a break from writing this blog because of school, work, and just being unbelievably busy.

I look forward to getting back to helping the masses make better and more quality web sites.