These are the things I've written that are tagged "usability"

Josh Clark .vs. Jakob Nielsen on Mobile Usability

Kid gloves are off, and I’m with Clark: For all of Jakob Nielsen’s many great contributions to web usability over the years, his advice for mobile is just 180-degrees backward. His latest guidelines perpetuate several stubborn mobile myths that have led too many to create ‘lite’ mobile experiences that patronise users, undermine business goals, and […]

Joe’s First Computer Encounter

A Mozilla guy takes a 60-year-old cafeteria worker though the major browsers. User testing like this is both fun and truly useful to people who make things with a large audience in mind, such as myself. We always attempt to keep what we call “unsophisticated” users in mind, but sometimes you need to go face-to-face […]

“No Dashes Or Spaces” Hall of Shame

From the Usability Follies dept. It actually takes the same amount of work to check for a valid card WITH spaces or dashes as without. It’s one line of PHP, Perl, Ruby, whatever your flavor of webcode is. No excuse.

Usability Question du Jour

Say I’m building a website that deals with data from other websites (social and professional networks, etc), and I want users to be able to enter in their existing profile info into of the application. I can’t just ask for their current username (e.g. http://facebook.com/<yourname>), because some of these websites do not have very friendly […]

Adobe and “Open Government” is Utter Bullshit

Chris Foresman takes on Adobe’s push for government use of it’s Flash, PDF, and other assorted proprietary formats. It’s funny when an article that just presents facts can be so scathing: After just a cursory browsing, here are some of the usability and data accessibility issues we observed. You can’t select, copy, or paste any […]

The Safari 4 Beta, Titles, and Ownership Of The Close Button

Safari 4’s public beta has a lot of problems, and while it is “beta” software, I have a feeling that many of it’s biggest usability problems are set in stone. For a company as large as Apple, who releases software how Apple releases software, the “Beta” label means that “we’re pretty close to done, here”. […]

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