Web Usability - Designing with the User in Mind
Introduction
On & Offline Usability
Usability Attributes
Repeat Visitors
Better Usability
Usability Testing
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Reading & Writing
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Design for Humans and How They Behave and Interact
Reading and writing on and for the web is not the same as in the print world. Keep the following facts in mind.
Reading
Reading from computer screens is 25% slower than reading from paper. It is also more unpleasant and tiring.
On the web, people scan text and information
Most web users tend to print out lengthy text and articles on paper and read it offline.
Keep in mind that people's attention span on the web is very, very short. An average user spends less than 10 seconds scanning a web page.
Make text easy to read (size, color, font, etc.) on the background (color, texture, etc.)
Writing
Write for the web. It is not the same as writing for printed material.
Use language that is familiar to viewers, or provide defenitions and descriptions to clarify technical concepts or jargon.
Use terms consistently throughout the site.

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Introduction | On & Offline Usability | Usability Attributes | Repeat Visitors
Better Usability | Usability Testing | Organization | Navigation
Reading & Writing | Interaction
Web Usability - Designing with the User in Mind
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