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Web Site Accessibility, Information Architecture, and Usability

Within the User Science category you'll find a wide range of annotated links to tutorials, tips, articles, tools and software, resources, and book recommendations on Web accessibility and creating accessible Web sites - such as accessibility-friendly markup, CSS, and HTML, information architecture for Web sites to help with organizing your Web site's content, navigation, page layouts, and your entire site's organization, and Web site usability to help create and maintain user-friendly, user-centered Web sites.

Know of some good articles, tutorials, tips, Web sites, books, or other resources related to creating accessible Web sites, Web site information architecture, or creating usable, user-friendly Web sites? Recommendations are welcome and encouraged!

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The Accessibility category contains information to help designers, developers and Web site owners understand, learn, and create sites that are as accessible as possible to those with disabilities, text browsers, assistive technologies, and more. Also included are resources for the Section 508 U.S. government guidelines for accessibility, tools, and more. You'll find helpful articles and tutorials on Web accessibility, software, tools, book recommendations and more. There are both accessible design considerations and markup, code considerations for accessibility, which are all covered within this category.


Information Architecture

Within the Information Architecture section you'll find helpful annotated links to articles, tutorials, software, tools, and more related to information architecture. You'll also find a listing of recommended books on information architecture.



The Usability section includes helpful articles and tutorials on Web site usability, Web site usability testing, human factors, and Web sites or sections of Web sites devoted to usability - all to help create and maintain user-friendly, user-centered Web sites that your visitors will find easy to use and will want to return to visit again. In addition, you'll find helpful book recommendations on usability and creating user-friendly, user-centered Web sites by Jakob Nielsen, Donald Norman, Steve Krug, 37 Signals (Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried), Marie Tahir, Hoa Loranger, and others.

Books on Usability
Recommended by

  •  Book cover - Prioritizing Web Usability, by Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger, New Riders (April 19, 2006). 
  •  Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition), by Steve Krug. Published by New Riders Press (August 18, 2005). 
  •  Cover: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed, By Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir. New Riders (November 5, 2001) 
  • Defensive Design for the Web. 37Signals. New Riders 03-02-2004. 

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