Tag Archives: usability

Target Settles Web Accessibility Lawsuit

Accessibility+TargetThe giant retailer, Target settled the lawsuit brought by the National Federation of the Blind for inaccessibility of Target’s web site to people with visual disabilities. The magic number for the settlement was $6 million. Although the settlement amount is nothing to write home about. However this case will push other big box retailers (or any other online retailer) to start cleaning house and bring their web sites up to standards. By standards I mean the 508 Web Accessibility Standards.

Update (9/17/08): Just in time, Digital Web Magazine published an article on “Understanding Disabilities when Designing a Website“.

The 10 biggest Web annoyances

Computerworld magazine highlights 10 biggest Web annoyances, which is right on target, except they forgot to include Pop-ads that keep coming up on their site as well other millions of sites on the web. So here is their list of top 10 annoyances:

  1. Dubious privacy policies
  2. Difficult online forms
  3. Overcommercialization of the Web
  4. Need for standards
  5. Trolls in forums
  6. Buying event tickets
  7. Web 2.0 help doesn’t help
  8. The expense of e-books
  9. Disappointing Web video
  10. Boring virtual worlds

You can read the full article on their web site.

Reading this article made me come up with my own top 10 web annoyances, here they are:

  1. Blog Spammers
  2. Endless pop-up ads on popular web sites
  3. Flash ads that automatically expand over content areas
  4. Flash intros on sites without ‘skip intro’ options
  5. Autoloading music and avatars on sites
  6. Overuse of AJAX without purpose and function
  7. Usage of term Web 2.0 for simple Javascript effects
  8. Reset buttons on Web Forms
  9. Animated banner ads
  10. Snap Preview screens for all links on a web page

Share your web annoyances by commenting below.

Weekly Round-up

Upcoming Events: Web Directions North
Web Directions Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada from February 6-10, 2007. Speakers will include Kelly Goto, Dan Cederholm, Joe Clark and other web super stars.

Local Start-up gets traffic
Traffic.com of Wayne, PA is acquired by Navteq for $179 million.

College Rolls out Ipod Program
At Nevada Community College iPods will be provided to all new students. This is a new trend among colleges and universities in the U.S. that encourages using iPods in classroom by students and Podcasting clasroom lectures by faculty. Now you can listen to music while in class, and its ok.

Research: You have 4 seconds to load a site
According to a research by Akamai, web users expect a site to load within 4 seconds, if it doesn’t, they leave or hit the ‘Back’ button.

New Book: Mobile Web Design
A new book by Cameron Moll worth checking out.

Blogs: Brand New
“Brand New is a Speak Up spin-off displaying opinions, and focusing solely, on corporate and brand identity work.”

Free Pixel Fonts
Enjoy free pixel fonts to your heart’s content.

100 million web sites served!
According to Necraft, the Internet now has 100 million web sites. This means in the future there will be even more demand for search engines to find what you want through clutter of millions of sites.

Weekly Round-up

Rebuilding Microsoft
A great article on changes occuring within the software giant in Redmond.

GoogleTube?
What if Google was to buy YouTube for $1.6 billion? What if? Could be. Maybe….

USB Cell
Rechargeable USB batteries…that’s cool.

Live Clipboard
What is Live Clipboard? Microsoft, please tell us…

Adobe Contribute 4
I haven’t finished using 3.0 fully, and the version 4.0 is already out.

The Future of Web Accessibility
Article on future trends and predictions for accessibility issues.

10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website
Something to put on your office wall so that you can read it everyday.

Weekly Round-up

Microsoft Designs High-Tech School in Philly
Kudos to Microsoft and to Philadelphia School District for pulling this off. Let’s hope that other big cities move in the same direction to rescue their failing public school systems.

Phony Web Design Company Shutdown by U.S. Court
Beware if some web design company calls you to setup your web site for free. If you accept their “no-obligation” free-trial offer, you will pay an arm and a leg at the end of the month.

Web Builder 2.0 Conference
If you want to build rich-interactive web applications or would like to learn how to start, then you might want to take a look at this conference. It will be held from December 4-6, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.

Amigo
Amigo is a new service that matches advertisers with online newsletters. Built by the same good people who brought you Drop Send.

Target.com Web Accessibility Lawsuit Gets Green Light
U.S. Judge in California upheld the lawsuit against Target.com. The lawsuit came about because Target.com was not accessible to blind users.

Crazy Egg
Very neat service that shows you where people are clicking and where they are not on your web site.

Add microformats magic to your site
Article on how and why you should incorporate microformats into your site.

Small Tip of the Day!

Please do not underline text on a web page to emphasize a word or a sentence on the page.

Use {HTML: strong} tag to bold it instead. I have seen many sites lately that underline important text in their content. I am not going to point fingers here, but these sites have thousands of visitors everyday, it is important that this basic usability priciple needs to be understood by “webmasters”….

Underlining on the Web means that it is a link, so unless it is a link, please stop underlining your text on the web!