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    Usability howlers - just for fun

    Candidate number 1:
    Does this qualify as a site?!

    http://www.usability.co.uk/

    ... experts in the design of IT systems
    I for one wouldn't want to hire them on the strength of their, ahem, 'site'.

    Candidate number 2:
    From webusability.com - a paper that has thoughtfully been published on the web ... as a Flash document!

    http://www.webusability.com/usabilit...Photos2003.htm

    You can't make this stuff up.

    Got any howlers to add to this? Go on, I bet you have
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    One word: Nielsen.
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    Deary deary me! Thanks for those laughs Ian, I cannot believe someone actually thinks they're good!!

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    i can't remember the exact email, but i recently saw (posted on the w3c-wai-ig mailing list) something called "all aboard the accessibility bus" or something silly like that...and the first 50 lines of the email were ASCII art of a bus...

    suffice to say, i didn't read the rest of the email...
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    First one I can't email (and if I didn't know how to find the target of a link, never would be able to).

    The second one I can't see at all as I don't have flash on this browser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anode
    One word: Nielsen. [img]images/smilies/tongue.gif[/img]
    I must admit that Nielsen is a famous usability specialist, but looking at his own portofolio, I can not realy accept that he is an expert.

    And this page explains what I mean:

    http://users.cwnet.com/adunn/Other/C...it_points.html

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    He's an expert all right, and someone who's done a lot for the field(certain flaws notwithstanding.) He's just not so great at practicing what he preaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anode
    He's an expert all right, and someone who's done a lot for the field(certain flaws notwithstanding.) He's just not so great at practicing what he preaches.
    I never denied that he did and he is doing a great work! I have personally learned a lot from him. But I am still kind of sceptic...

    It is a just a point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydi
    Candidate number 1: [img]images/smilies/thumbs_down.gif[/img]
    Does this qualify as a site?!

    http://www.usability.co.uk/



    I for one wouldn't want to hire them on the strength of their, ahem, 'site'.

    Candidate number 2: [img]images/smilies/thumbs_down.gif[/img]
    From webusability.com - a paper that has thoughtfully been published on the web ... as a Flash document!

    http://www.webusability.com/usabilit...Photos2003.htm

    You can't make this stuff up.

    Got any howlers to add to this? Go on, I bet you have [img]images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]
    About the first one I would ask; Are they maybe so over-qualified, that we do not get it? [img]images/smilies/FRlol.gif[/img]

    About the second one I will be more serious; Jakob Nielsen says that Flash can be usable. Though, is their Flash presentation captioned? Hm! Anyway, what's the big deal? [img]images/smilies/xeye.gif[/img] Isn't that a big deal, that the video tutorial of Dr. Bob is reading the usability guidelines of the US National Cancer Institute? [img]images/smilies/thumbs_down.gif[/img]

    Well I guess both have never made thoughts about WEB CREDIBILITY.
    Is credibility not a basic in usability??? [img]images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]


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