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    Guide released for federal Web design

    Guide released for federal Web design
    By Diane Frank

    The federal government has a new federal guide to developing Web sites and making them as citizen-centric and user-friendly as possible.

    "Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines," developed by the www.usability.gov group at the National Cancer Institute, covers 17 areas, including page layout, choosing fonts, writing content and organizing it. The theme running througout the 187 guidelines is "optimizing the user experience."

    The tactics were developed from research into best practices across many organizations, from university studies to standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The NCI group started the guidelines for their own sites, but after officials decided to release them for the federal community at large, the project was reviewed by many experts and morphed into a set of guidelines for any organization.

    "Design is difficult, but these new research-based guidelines are an important step forward in providing assistance to those who are dedicated to quality," Ben Shneiderman, professor at the University of Maryland and founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, wrote in a preface to the guide.

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    Nice find, thanks for this.

    Was a bit confused at first as to what National Cancer Institute has got to do with web usability. Nice of them to publish this though.
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    Must be worth some rep

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    love that usability site. I went to click on the links just to find out the links aren't linkss but just bulleted lists that, given the layout, look like links.

    Some usability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenToast
    Must be worth some rep
    Ok negative rep given as requested.
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    Go Go mighty morphin power rangers heh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketch
    love that usability site. I went to click on the links just to find out the links aren't linkss but just bulleted lists that, given the layout, look like links.

    Some usability.
    I'd have to agree. They need to practice what they preach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarky
    Go Go mighty morphin power rangers heh
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